“RELIGION AND IRRELIGION” - A healthy, inclusive discussion

Brian Naldoza and Raul Martinez will represent the non-believer point of view at this forum. Hope you can join us and show your support.


-A healthy, inclusive discussion hosted by the Men Of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.-

 Thursday MAY 8TH, 2014 

6:30 pm  in the UNLV Student Union Room 209

Forum Outline

-This forum will be a panel discussion with two panelists on each side. The panelists will give perspectives and answer questions on various topics of belief and non-belief through a sociological lens. This forum is designed to open dialog and educate students on various religious topics that impact society.


Introduction of forum  

Introduction of each panelist.

Acknowledge all in attendance

Explain structure of the forum and expectation of the audience.

Question Topics

Functional vs. substantive definitions of Religion

Civil religion

Motivation for morality

How civilizations could maintain their integrity without traditional social or religious ties?

Views on death

Parenting methods

Common rituals and symbols. Ex: Marriage, Christmas, Easter, Sunday Assembly

Influence in pop culture  

Factors that contribute to misperception about religious /non-religious

Answer screened question from the  audience (if time permits)

Contributing tools for education

What are effective ways to communicate opposing points of view?

What are ways to promote a progressive and harmonious existence?


Thanking all in attendance


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  • Hamid S.

    It was awesome ! I throw my BOMB and left the meeting early ! Because I know that I will be preached and my be KICKED out >>> HAHA

    May 8, 2014

    • Brian N.

      No haha. Your behavior is an embarrassment.

      May 9, 2014

    • Hamid S.

      من الان فصاعدا عليك لبس قناع اسود لكي لاتستحي!! من كلماتي الحارقة يا رفيقي الخجول

      May 11, 2014

  • Robert S.

    I really wanted to attend this and I'm bummed I couldn't make it. Does anybody know if the event was recorded. . . Wow, I just Googled "RELIGION AND IRRELIGION UNLV" and the first several hits are "Lori Fazzino!"

    May 10, 2014

  • Walt

    Well done, Brian and Raul. Five stars, gentlemen!

    Ruben and Mr.___ Carter were listeners. I observed positive response given by each to Raul's point that humans are responsible for working out a moral code using logic and reason rather than blindly leaving the onus on "I was only following ancient traditions." Brian, I was charmed by your journey to unbelief, "all went well until Noah and the two of every animal." Your wit made the room feel safe. Thanks.

    I would have liked to ask the religious panelists:

    1. You believe god "inspired the biblical writers". Is it possible that your god might have also inspired writers of the other religious scriptures of the world? What words from the Qu'ran or Buddhist scriptures or Bagavad Gita might you think your god would have inspired?

    2. Are there words from humanist writers that seem inspired: Lucretius, Seneca, Spinosa, Walt Whitman, Bertrand Russell, Robert Ingersoll, Carl Sagan, etc.?

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • Naomi

    I liked it.

    When asked about atheist morality, Raul said we were like vampire bats, which I thought was hilarious. (OK, yes, I understood the point you were making, but it still struck me as incredibly funny.)

    I also always thought Hell was the bad place, until that nice Christian explained that good people go to Hell because Heaven is only for Christians. Once there, they are ruled over by a God who ignores death, destruction and diabolic deeds even though He has all the power in the universe, but instead uses his energy to surround himself with yes-men who worship him & will not think for themselves. Hanging with Christians and an ego-maniac for an eternity? I was very happy to realize Heaven would in fact be torture, and I would much rather go to Hell and be surrounded by all the good people.

    5 · May 9, 2014

  • Hamid S.

    Why God make American so fat but starves African's ?!!! that was my last interrupting question

    May 8, 2014

  • Hamid S.

    Chris ! I love you ! that is all I can say for now !!

    May 8, 2014

  • Chris

    It was painful. The moderator spent more time explaining than moderating ("First I will pick that person then that person then this person. If you forget your question then let me know and I'll move on to the next question. If you think you might forget your question you might want to write it down. After the questions, then we will move on unless there are more questions. If there are more questions, please be brief and say who the question is for. If you don't know the names then describe the person you are asking. We need to keep the questions brief because there is a solar eclipse next week and we want to be out of here by then. In the event we are not done by that time I will let the panelists speak for minutes each.") Get the idea? Also, as usual, the christians had to start every question or statement with a little preaching..."I'm a christian and my license plate number is 'Bible4u'. I believe Jesus is my lord and saviour. Blah blah blah." ASK YOUR FREAKING QUESTION!

    2 · May 8, 2014

  • Tim

    Brian and Raul did an awesome job. There should be more of these kinds of things.

    1 · May 8, 2014

  • Hamid S.

    Just un Idea,,
    Because of the important of the young listener to the panel , the panelist need to give references of books studies for what they are presenting not just :---
    { I say,, and,, you say ,, or,, he say !!!} So will be a rich healthy tools of education in University standards

    1 · May 7, 2014

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