Join us for Center for Inquiry Northeast Ohio's April Cleveland chapter meeting, featuring a program by longtime CFINO member John Fazio.
Do rationalists and freethinkers spend far too much time and energy attacking religion, and not nearly enough time and energy tackling issues of social and economic justice? Does our preoccupation with the ills of religion make us less effective as a force for change? John Fazio will explore these questions in his presentation, titled The Wrong Enemy: Religion as a Red Herring.
From John's program desciption:
"Religion should be opposed, and forcefully, only when it interferes or attempts to interfere with our civil and/or political rights. Otherwise, benign neglect is by far the better policy.
All the evil in the history of our species, which appears to have been committed in the name of religion, has in fact been committed for reasons other than religion...to put it another way, religion is almost always the accessory to atrocity rather than the driving force of atrocity."
John C. Fazio has a B.A. and J.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He now lives in Akron with his wife, Mary, who is retired after a career in public relations. Between them, they have seven children, all of whom have left the nest.
John joined Mary in retirement recently after practicing law for 47 years. He is a student of history, with an emphasis on American and European history and with an even greater emphasis on the most defining event in American history, the Civil War. He is a member of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable and has been its President. He frequently speaks on the war and other subjects before Roundtables and other groups and has written and published numerous articles on the war and other subjects. He is also a member of the Center for Inquiry (CFI). At present he is writing a book on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, which, he advises, is close to completion.
Light refreshments will be served... see you there! :)