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Re: [GrassrootsAtheism] memo to Christopher McLaughlin

From: Christopher M.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 9:09 PM

I've met Bob and I've done a favor or two for his publisher. I have the book on my bookshelf. I too am not impressed with Marxism, as my University training was in Economics. There is a small community of RCP and other communist/marxist folks here in Metro Detroit. They are nice people, and they sometimes particpate in atheist meetings around here.


If you'd like to explore the religious mindset from an atheist perspective, I recommend Breaking the Spell by Daniel Dennet. Dennet's book really helped me to come to terms with why people are religious. You can search "Daniel Dennet" on to find dozens of lectures that he had given that essentially cover the important aspects of his books. You might want to start with this one:



----- Original Message -----
From: "chuck kaltwasser" <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Tuesday, May 11,[masked]:50:46 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: [GrassrootsAtheism] memo to Christopher McLaughlin

Dear Chris McLaughlin

@ Founder/Organizer Grassroots Atheism,
 Thank you for yr note.  You may tell from my writing that I've had some intense experiences with as you say, small group of "bibilical literalists."  And they do seem to have some kind of link with the old south and includes whites and blacks, all races are infected with biblical literatialisms from the bible belt, it does seem.
I grew up in western new york Buffalo New York area, and never encountered southern accents in real life, only on "Beverly Hillbillies."  The Biblical literalists that I've met, while not having hard core southern accents, have hard core creationists thought forms that are so medieval so feudalistic, it makes me think, I'm not in the year 2010 but maybe the year 1810 or even 1610.
Your literate and logical memo gives me hope that indeed some people now on earth are really in the year 2010 and have logically eradicted "flat earth society" notions in their
mental frameworks.  I only have a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, in philosophy and linguistics, but my opinion of the outline of the phyisical universe is consequently entirely different than the flat earth society bibilical old earth types that seem to constitute the majority in Michigan these days.  Cast doubts on Noah's yacht at my place of employment and I'm looked upon as a dangerous radical whereas to have this kind of conversation in a suburb of Buffalo New York would be so common place as to cause yawning and nodding out.  Do you get my drift???
At any rate enclosed is some notes from the RCP revolutionary communist party, regarding on of their publications.  While not being a marxist or party member per se, they do have interesting points in their propagandas.  Please take a look.
Sincerely yrs.
Charles Kaltwasser
you might not be familiar with organizations that publish this kind of secular essays, that's why I'm enclosing this for yr inspections.
Revolution #158, March 8, 2009


Unchaining the Mind and
Radically Changing the World

About the Book

Is believing in gods actually harmful? How has Christianity for centuries served as an ideology of conquest and subjugation? Why is the ���Bible Belt��� in the U.S. also the ���lynching belt���? Why is there a rise of religious fundamentalism throughout the world? In the intensifying conflict between U.S. imperialism and Islamic fundamentalism, is the only choice to take one side or the other? Why is patriarchy and the oppression of women foundational to so many religions? Can people be good without god? These are just some of the questions explored in this provocative work by Bob Avakian.
Bringing a unique revolutionary communist voice to the current discourse about god, atheism and morality, Avakian demystifies religious belief and examines how, even in its most progressive interpretations, religion stands in the way of the emancipation of humanity. A thread deeply woven throughout Away With All Gods! is the need to fully rupture with all forms of superstition, and to take up instead a truly scientific approach to understanding and transforming reality.
Whether you believe in god, or are an agnostic or an atheist, Bob Avakian will challenge you with his powerful critique of long-established traditions and his liberating vision of a radically different world.

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���Let���s get our hands on this book by Bob Avakian, to enrich our hermeneutic thinking and to shed light in these dark times of brutal capitalism. Bob Avakian���s book is a book whose truth will make us freer.���

���Dr. Fausto Trejo F. ,
Psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Former professor of Psychiatry at the Universidad Nacional Aut��noma de M��xico and at the Universidad Nacional Aut��noma del Estado de M��xico. Former Director of the Department of Vocational Guidance at the Instituto Polit��cnico Nacional in Mexico.

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���Forceful, scathing, and timely. While I did not personally agree with everything Bob Avakian has to say in this book, I found his arguments cogently articulated and provocatively put forth. Angry, humorous, provocative, and hopeful in equal measure, this was an enjoyable and engaging read.���

���Phil Zuckerman,
Associate Professor of Sociology, Pitzer College

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������necessary, critical and timely������

���John Hutnyk, Professor,
Academic Director, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London

Paperback: $12.95

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