December 28, 2008
Patrick Carey, M.D.
I am an atheist, and I am responsible for many things.
As an atheist, I am responsible for promoting the pursuit of truth. I am neither bound by ideology nor held hostage by dogmata, but rather speak in the simple manner of a child. "Why?" A favorite phrase of 3-year-olds is the underlying question of Atheism. When the answer is, "Because I (or God, or Allah) said so . . ." the discussion ends.
Minnesota Atheists will launch a weekly, one-hour program on Air America Minnesota (AM 950) beginning Sunday, January 13, 2008 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. It will be broadcast live, streamed live on the internet, and made available later as a free podcast. The name of the program is Atheists Talk (the same as our cable television show). The show will feature news, interviews, live call-ins, and more. We are proud to announce that our special guest on the inaugural program will be Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, The Selfish Gene, and many other important and influential books.
If you are out of the listening area and want to hear the program live, go to www.airamericaminnesota.com/listen and enter a Minnesota zip code. If you would like to become involved with the program by volunteering your services, making a donation, or purchasing advertising, please call August Berkshire at (612) 338-4548 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org..
Dr. Patrick Carey's letter, titled "The Responsibilities of an Atheist," was a reply to recent letters published in the Brainerd Dispatch that maligned atheism. His reasoned and thoughtful approach received mostly positive responses, although there were a few intolerant religious rants. Read the letter and the replies [link obsolete] on the Dispatch website..
The recently formed group Rochester Area Freethinkers is offering an oasis of rational thought for local nonbelievers, and has already caught the attention of Rochester's local newspaper, the Post-Bulletin. Minnesota Atheists is proud to have helped this group get started, and encourages anyone in the Rochester area to attend RAF meetings on the second Thursday of the month at the Rochester Public Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Read the Post-Bulletin's Article here..