President's Column: My Family of Cats

jeannette_watland.jpgBy Jeannette Watland

Christmas day saw me sitting around a table eating Dim Sum in a Chinese restaurant with about nine other atheists. At one point during the meal, one of the diners told the table that this has been the first Christmas in awhile that has actually meant something. I’m lucky enough to have a family that supports my atheism, but the sad reality is that many of us do not. Providing an alternative on a religious holiday normally shared with family not only gives us something to do when everyone else is out, but is also an example of community in Minnesota Atheists.


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Northwestern College offers one Hell of an Education

By Eric Jayne

How is it that a well educated biology teacher refuses to accept the scientific theory of evolution by natural selection? How is it that otherwise articulate and intelligent people believe in ghosts, angels, demons, and literal interpretations of bible stories? In his book Why People Believe Weird Things, Michael Shermer posits that “smart people believe weird things because they are skilled at defending beliefs they arrived at for non-smart reasons.” I can think of no better institution supporting Shermer’s hypothesis than Northwestern College in Roseville.


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Improvement at the UN

By George Kane

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in October criticized the anti-defamation policies that are repeatedly proposed at the United Nations by the members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Clinton stated that “an individual's ability to practice his or her religion has no bearing on others' freedom of speech.” This statement is a substantial improvement over the UN resolution that had been jointly sponsored earlier that month by the United States and Egypt that sought to balance freedom of speech with protection for religion.


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