Re: [backyard-skeptics] Please read...

From: Terry E.
Sent on: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 4:20 PM
Tim, Quit being so mental and just go! Geeze!


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From: Timothy Senstock <[address removed]>
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Maybe I am misrepresenting how I want to direct my comments and questions...
I have watched, arbitrarily, the discussions that take place in this group via email. Most are not very important, but I suppose that that is the nature of hasty internet discussions. I wonder if the actual discussions that are being held at various locations are more enlightening/entertaining. I was hoping to hear some feedback from the group just to see if there was a tangible fulfillment by attending these discussions.
Personally, I have had some discussions with fellow freethinkers and I have found some atheists to be rather dogmatic or not very enjoyable. I have developed my Non-Theist views by reading and attending lectures and that is what I find most enjoyable, but I struggle with thinking that going to atheist discussions to talk about disbelief is somewhat vacuous. I guess what I am looking for is a great discussion group or a freethinkers book club of sorts where the objective is how to grow and awareness for Non-Theists or Atheists and actively progress the acceptance of Atheism in our respective areas.
 
What I wrote earlier may have came off as a loose lamentation of these groups, but it is not what I intended.
 
What I really want to do is unify the objective of the group or to see if there is an objective. Or to assess the value of the discussions of the group based on member feedback.
 
I think this is a fair question/comment.
 

From: Terry E. <[address removed]>
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Sent: Wednesday, October 31,[masked]:25 PM
Subject: Re: [backyard-skeptics] Please read...

Tim, Are you kidding?!!  It's purely social combined with great ideas and exposure to things we may not have heard about. I don't do bars or dance so I look forward to these get-togethers.  I can't believe this conversation is evening happening on this site.  I just want to be notified about meet-ups. Someone else mentioned something negative about Bruce. If you're talking Gleason, please remember that our exposure to all of this would be far less significant than it already is. He and Lynn are great hosts and I enjoy going to their home.  Who doesn't want to mingle with like-minded people!  I worked for 27 years on the waterfront with religious people of multiple faiths and had my fair share of conversations but it's nothing like going to a skeptic or atheist gathering.


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I tend to agree. I have never participated in these discussions because most of the time they're not very important to me. I am also not very impressed by these groups. I am a solid atheist and I have no deference reserved for for any religion, but I'm wondering how important atheist groups are. It is nice to talk to people freely about my beliefs, or lack thereof, but I'm not sure what these discussions accomplish. Can I ask....what is everyone's objective in participating in these skeptic groups?

And I am not trying to be aggressive; I am really curious.

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Date: Wed, Oct 31,[masked]:00 pm



I have mixed "feelings" about this group. Very good discussions, but Bruce's public relation skills are crap, & the group is centered around a harmonious adult crowd behavior without the praying & singing. True atheism is about individual lifestyles combined to form a universal consensus. Many "atheists" are saying that eating meat is evil, having sex ONLY for pleasure is disgusting & having your own kids is a must to eliminate perversion. What about the kids? Here in Anaheim (where the police shootings occurred) the YMCA is taking over parenting! This past summer they were going to public parks & inviting the kids to join "Arts & Crafts with Jesus" or something like that.

I really have to finish writing my book.


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