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ACA Lecture Series -- October 2008 -- Russell Glasser -- 82 min
Atheist Community of Austin
Russell Glasser will discuss tactics for atheist outreach. Topics covered will include when and why to speak up, knowing your audience, gene...all » Russell Glasser will discuss tactics for atheist outreach. Topics covered will include when and why to speak up, knowing your audience, general principles for dealing with theistic arguments, and how to get attention. Russell Glasser received an MS degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas. Russell is a lifelong atheist, and has been a member of the Atheist Community of Austin since 1999. During that time, he has been producer, host, and co-host on "The Atheist Experience," a founding member of "The Non-Prophets," and a co-creator of the IronChariots.org Iron Chariotswiki site with Matt Dillahunty. Russell is also a prolific contributor to the online atheist community. He has been blogging on religious and political topics since 2005 on both his personal blog, "Kazim's Korner" and the Atheist Experience blog.
The ACA Lecture Series is held monthly in Austin, Texas and is open to the public. The Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.
It's about time the atheists started working on PR & proselytizing logic/reason.
An interesting lecture, that is unfortunately a rarity.
Originally posted by asmeone2
Actually it's a step backwards IMO.
Originally posted by The All Seeing I
Catholics have the Catholic League
Jews have the Anti-Defamation League
and Muslims The Council on American-Islamic Relations
These orgs server multiple purposes, but essentially they all boil down to providing representation in info wars. Atheists are often misrepresented as evil and immoral. A step forward is for them to learn how to correct the public's fundamentally twisted perceptions on their character.
Originally posted by JesusisTruthNow dingbat made a good post, but, we don't require a belief in God to have morals, we attribute those morals to God and believe in him not to lead a good life, but because we believe he exist. So the goodness we did have in us is attributed to God because he gave it to us in humility.
Curley explains that he and Call aren't trying to convert people to atheism; all they want is to make people think, to have respectful and stimulating discussions when they come down to Mill.
After being damned by the 5-year-old girl, Call works his way back to Borders, where a young woman in a black hoodie inquires about his "RIP GOD" sign. A small but curious crowd has formed around him. Rocking forth slightly on his heels, with a warm smile on his face, Call gives his favorite answer: "I think the concept of God has outlived its usefulness. It's time to put it out of its misery." The woman takes a drag off her cigarette and says she disagrees. She believes in God. Call says he used to believe in God, too. She asks what happened, and the debate is on.