When: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 7:00 PM
Where: Sunset Grill & Tap
130 Brighton Avenue
Allston, MA 02134
On the B-line; limited restaurant parking and hit-or-miss parking on the street
For more details, see the full listing: http://atheists.meetup.com/59/calendar/5681215/
Typical tab: $9.00 per person
Christopher Hitchens and Rev. Al Sharpton sat down last week at the New York Public Library for a debate on religion. It's a reprisal of carnival sideshows! Come gasp at the hideous apostate, come gawk at the bulbous-eyed reverend. I'm impatient to see, at this moment of burgeoning secular momentum, more moments of authentic discussion, instead of pane et circum.
Without leaning in on you too much, I'll give you my opinion on the debate. Hitchens is superbly eloquent and acutely correct in his observations. Sharpton is polished, defensive, and bombastic. He was, however, frank when giving his motives for appearing: "I couldn't turn down representing God and the divine in a public encounter." The video can be viewed online at http://fora.tv/fora/showthread.php?t=1007
. I encourage you to share your thoughts with everyone the mailing list.
If you have not yet gotten yourself a copy of "god is not Great," it's about time. If you don't have the means or opportunity, let me know and I shall endeavor to get something into your hands.
So, tomorrow night! We shall meet once again at Sunset, to discuss, I hope, the various ways in which religion, the religious, and faith is Offensive to us. To be Offended is a far more complex reaction, and one more fitting, than irritation, disagreement, or disgruntlement. You might know that Sam Harris insists that we adopt an attitude of conversational intolerance when we encounter unreasonable faithfulness in our everyday lives. One way in which to offer this kind of resistance is to express openly and often how Offensive all the activities and beliefs of the religious are, and should be, to any person that is committed to human rights, civil liberties, and a future made more secure from the threat of irrationality.
I'll have called ahead to the bar to request that the Republican debate be shown on the TV facing our secular corner. So that may be another topic we turn our attention to. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow. While I've got your attention, let me remind you that we are now needing to plan the summer BBQ; that volunteers are needed for the website and the newsletter; and that suggestions for future events are always welcome.
Firebrand, Boston Atheists
"AIDS may be bad, but condoms are much worse." Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop of Rome.
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