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Coalition of Reason

Last weekend was the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason’s annual Unity Picnic. This year however, when I was putting together the Examiner article to promote the event I learned a few things. I learned that the local Humanist group was pretty much doing all the work and that the rest of the coalition was really doing much at all. Some groups didn’t even publicize the event. For all practical purposes PhillyCoR was practically dead.

The thing is that Sam Singleton Atheist Evangelist was scheduled to perform at the picnic but due to a climbing accident, his manager and wife was hospitalized a week earlier. As a result, the Sam Singleton tour had to be pushed back and a few weeks. He had contacted me about trying to put together an alternative event since he wouldn’t be able to make the picnic.

With PhillyCoR practically dead, there was no way to put together an alternative event. So I tried to put PhillyCoR back together. As a result, I am pretty much the new coordinator of PhillyCoR. It isn’t a position that I necessarily want, but it is a position that needs to be done.

I have always talked about the importance of atheist groups working together and this is a necessary consequence of that philosophy. The way I see it, we are fighting a culture war and atheist groups need to work together if we are to spread the ideas of reason, critical thinking, and science.

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  • Paul Loebe

    Indeed. I hate these chain email/facebook posts. I can’t see how people really fall for them.

  • CreeElder

    Well said.

  • CatKirch

    If someone were to conclude, like Aristotle did (400BC), that the existence of the universe proves there must be a Creator, in a public school essay, regardless of who their parents are or where they live would you still say that “The real persecution here is on critical thinking and education.” Your bias clouds your ability to admit that highly educated individuals are also theists and Christians.

    • http://skepticink.com/dangeroustalk Dangerous Talk

      First, that is a really bad example because Aristotle (as smart and wise as he was for his time) also believed that the Earth was the center of the universe and was ignorant of germ theory, the theory of gravity, and a host of other valuable scientific knowledge that we as a species have learned since his time. So okay, Aristotle believed in a “creator,” so what? BTW, he didn’t believe in YOUR creator. He believed in the Greek Pantheon of gods. Zeus was the king of the gods, not Yahweh.

      With that said, do you think the real persecution here is on Christians if a kid were to say the Pledge of Allegiance and replace “under God” with “under Zeus?”

      That brings me to my final point here. No teacher in America is going to fail a student solely for writing in an essay that they believe there must be a Creator because of the First Cause argument. Now, that also depends on what the assignment is and whether or not the student followed all the directions of that assignment, but assuming that the statement fits with the assignment, no teacher would or should fail that student for that opinion.

      If you think this has actually happened in America, then please provide a valid source of that claim. Usually all those alleged persecutions against Christians in public schools tend to be exaggerations. For example, the assignment might be to write a 300 word essay how America won the Revolution and some kid wrote, “America won the revolution because in 400 BC Aristotle proved that God created the Universe, therefore God was on America’s side.” End of essay.

      That kid would and should fail.