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From: Jason
Sent on: Sunday, April 22, 2007 9:30 AM
I'm still lurking a bit on this list as I haven't quite moved up to  
Boston yet, but I'm coming in and I'm excited to be involved (as much  
my traveling job will allow).

I hadn't heard about any exclusion of atheism at the conference, but I  
would advise moderation.  The event is focused on Humanism and leans  
toward an inclusive rather than exclusive nontheist view.  It's a  
branding issue for the event for this time, not really a hard-line  
division.  For what it's worth, my understanding is that Greg has been  
trying to suck those words back into his mouth.  He shouldn't have  
said it because of the media issues involved, but Dawkins and other  
similar 'anti-theists' would agree that their statements are  
inflammatory.  They're not apologetic about it and the intent is to  
positively change minds.  The sound bite was blown up so I would put  
more blame on the (Christian) media.

I'm active with many nontheist organizations, and it's a shame when we  
focus on our divisions.  I support the idea that we forgive HH for  
it's more accomodationist approach, and we all agree that we are in  
the same group, just at opposite ends.

ps. There's a jew at/near the top of AA, IHS, CFA, SCA, MRFF, maybe  
AEU...  I love 'em and it's only natural we're seeing more  
involvement.  The Jewish religion as a whole has nearly given up god,  
so they have a perspective on atheism that is easy for the religious  
to understand.

Jason Torpy

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