December 5, 2010 · 12:00 PM
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Greetings fellow heathens,
I'm very excited to announce that one of the few outspoken Atheists in US politics is coming to Denver and has graciously offered to give a presentation to our group. We're honored to have Cecil Bothwell of the Asheville, NC City Council take the time to speak to us. Below is the topic information as well as a short (and impressive) Bio. For those of you who have read or would like to purchase Mr. Bothwell's books I'm sure he would be happy to sign them (I believe they are all on Amazon).
Atheism in politics is incredibly rare so I hope everyone will come out on Sunday, December 5th to support a fellow non-believer making his way in a profession typically unreachable to us.
"Unintentional courage: How I shot the sheriff (and nettled God's deputies)"
Cecil Bothwell was elected to the Asheville City Council despite opposition from self-styled Christian activists who took exception to his "post-theist" religious beliefs. However, when election finance reports were filed it was revealed that the smear campaign was financed by gambling interests and allies of a crooked sheriff now doing time in a federal penitentiary—in large part due to Bothwell's investigative reporting. Two more "Christians" (actually white supremacist Sons of the Confederacy) then attempted to prevent his inauguration. The Councilman and reporter will discuss ways in which simply being true to one's beliefs can appear to be courageous, the way failure to live up to our best instincts can make us complicit in the bad acts of others, and the changing face of nontheism in the U.S.
Cecil Bothwell—biographer, investigative reporter, builder, organic gardener and public servant—has addressed issues of faith, separation of church and state, sustainability, human rights and social responsibility in personal appearances and media venues around the world. He was elected to the Asheville, North Carolina, City Council in 2009, and his critical biography of evangelist Billy Graham has garnered international acclaim. His latest book is titled, "Whale Falls: An examination of belief and its consequences".
Brooklyn's at the Pepsi Center has generously donated the upstairs area for us to use. The Pepsi Center parking lot in front of Brooklyn's (roughly SW) should be available for parking. If there is an attendant it should be $1, if not, it's free. We should be done by 2 or 3. Please note there is a Nugget's Game at the Pepsi Center starting at 6. We'll want to be well shot of Brooklyn's by 3 or so .
Hope to see all your smiling faces there!!
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