December 24, 2007

FROM THE ARCHIVES: ONE FOR HARRY:

Freethinkers lead lives without religion: The Christmas season has a decidedly non-Christian theme for some people in the Duluth area. The Lake Superior Freethinkers gather each month to talk about society, morality, and life without religion. Most are decidedly atheist, or, at best, agnostic. (Bob Kelleher, December 22, 2002, Minnesota Public Radio)
Three retired gentlemen share fresh coffee and light conversation at Bill Van Druten's kitchen table. A lush houseplant stretches in the kitchen sunshine. It sparkles with a handful of holiday trinkets and small decorations. That's as "Chistmassy" as Van Druten gets, since he's decidedly non-Christian -- and non any other religion as well.

Van Druten is an atheist. To him, Noah's Ark, Jesus and miracles are as much myth as Zeus and Thor.

Van Druten says it's "a little shocking" that some people assume eveyone is religious. Good Christians, Muslims, or Hindus might be inclined to hide their children when Van Druten's around, but he says the Freethinkers aren't much of a danger. They're not trying to convert anyone.

"It isn't a question of converting anybody," Van Druten says. "But we're interested in anybody that recognizes the superstitious nature and problems that religion bring to us now. We're interested in getting that word out, but it isn't a proselytizing sort of thing." [...]

Many Freethinkers hold membership in activist organizations of atheists, humanists, or rationalists. Retired art teacher Dale Hagen belongs to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which fights religious intrusion into government.


So much for not imposing their views. (Originally Posted: 12/26/02) Posted by Orrin Judd at December 24, 2007 11:23 PM
Comments

I think i said here before that the idea of preaching atheism has always seemed weird to me.



And I celebrate Christmas, though I don't emphasize the slaughter of innocents part. Walt Kelly said (and drew) it better than me. The world as Bridgeport which he, somewhat improbably, designated as a leader in tolerance and getting along with your fellow man.



Anyhow, I'd rather spend time in Bridgeport than in any holy city of any religion anywhere. And deck us all with Boston Charlie.

Posted by: Harry at December 26, 2002 6:25 PM
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