The Trouble with Christmas

tom_flynn.1.jpgTom Flynn has been recounting the history of the year-end holidays – and offering his rollicking rationale for why secular humanists should just sit the merriment out – since his book The Trouble with Christmas came out in 1993. But 2010 is the first year that his presentation is fully illustrated in a lavish PowerPoint show containing more than 200 slides. (Fear not, as the angel never really said; some of those slides go by really, really fast.)
 
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VOTE!

flag.1.jpgExercise your right as a Minnesotan and make sure your voice as an atheist is heard!
 
Election day will be Tuesday, November 2nd. At the Federal level, elections are being held for U.S. Representatives. Elections are also being held for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, Attorney General, and many State Legislatures. In addition, some county, city, town and school board offices will be up for election.
 
Remember: If you choose to vote by absentee ballot, your ballot must be returned to your county auditor on or before Election Day (at 3:00 pm) or it will not be counted.

Visit vote411.org to register to vote, locate your nearest polling place, or learn which candidates will appear on your ballot.
 
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La Crosse Gay Pride Festival Participation


Members of the La Crosse Area Freethought Society (LCAFS) (Jan Contreras and Hank Zumach) and Minnesota Atheists (August Berkshire and Matthew Richardson) took turns staffing a booth at the La Crosse Gay Pride festival on August 28. The weather was sunny, hot, and windy. Speaking of hot wind, outside the festival gates a handful of evangelical Christians held a peaceful, though misguided, counter-demonstration. August confronted them and was told that one reason they could "prove" homosexuality was "unnatural" was that gay people, on average, didn't live as long as straight people. August pointed out that the higher level of suicides for gay youth was attributable to Christian persecution. The Christians also pointed to AIDS as a consequence of "sin." August countered that lesbians have the fewest STDs of all sexual orientations, so they must be "god's chosen people." In the end, it is impossible to argue with fundamentalists who are convinced that even the worst god-ordained atrocities of the Bible can be "properly interpreted" (i.e. spin-doctored) so as not to reflect badly on their god or their religion.
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