Metro State Atheists

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Food for Freethought 2010

What is “Food for Freethought”?

Food for Freethought, inspired by the Center for Inquiry’s Campaign for Free Expression, is a food drive that also encourages freethought, freedom of expression, and free inquiry.  We plan to accomplish this by giving “Banned” and Freethought books away in exchange for non-perishable food donations that will be going to Food Bank of the Rockies, during “Banned Books Week”, September 27 – October 2 (specific dates below).  Our goal is to raise an enormous amount of food for those in need.  Most food drives are done during the holidays and tons of food is raised and distributed.  That is all well and good, but what about the majority of the time that it isn’t the holiday season?  The hungry don’t stop being hungry after the holidays, they are hungry now too!  Given the existing goals of Metro State Atheists, it is only natural that we would attempt to help the hungry by promoting freethought, freedom of expression, and free inquiry.  With the proper support,  we can  have an immeasurable positive community impact!

The event will be taking place at the Auraria Campus (1201 5th St, Denver, CO 80204).   September 28-30th, 9am-4pm (Times Subject to Change)

Metro State Atheists will have SIGNED COPIES available at Food For Freethought 2010 by the following authors:

Hemant MehtaDaniel Dennett , James RandiMichael ShermerDan Barker, and…RICHARD DAWKINS!. If you’d like to obtain any of these signed copies, donate food!

Largest donors receive signed books!

Metro State Atheists would like to formally thank the above and the following groups  for their support:

The James Randi Educational Foundation

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

The Center for Inquiry

Secular Student Alliance

Skeptic Magazine

Freedom From Religion Foundation

How can I help?

AMAZON.COM Wishlist

Click here and check out the Food for Freethought 2009 wishlist.  From there you can buy the books directly and they will be sent to us!

A special thanks to Tanya J. Higgins of Boulder, CO for setting this up.

Donate Books:

If you have any of the books on the banned book list (http://banned-books.com/bblist.html) and would like to donate it to the cause, please email Joel Guttormson at metroatheists@hotmail.com to set up pick up/delievery of your donation.


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Joel on MetRadio June 8, 2009

President of  Metro State Atheists, Joel Guttormson, will be on the MetRadio show, “Take Issue”, on June 8, 2009 from 2pm-3pm .  Joel will be on for 45 mins, the first 15 mins are for news.  You may listen to the show on the Auraria Campus on 91.7; best reception is in the Tivoli.  Metro State Atheists is a Center for Inquiry affiliate.  MetRadio is the radio station of Metropolitan State College of Denver.

If you are not on the Auraria Campus you must listen to the show online.

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: (You will need Real Player, get it here)

IN YOUR BROWSER

ON YOUR COMP W/ REAL PLAYER

-SUBSCRIBE TO THE METRADIO PODCAST HERE

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One More Book Reccomendation

Check out The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi.  The book is a witty, entertaining, creative, and fresh science fiction novel.  I’m reading now for the third time, and laughing just as much as I did the first time.  Its characters are as endearing as its plot is rich.  This is what some reviewers think.

“What I liked about The Android’s Dream, apart from the engaging characters and action that are a hallmark of the author’s work, was the way it all built up to its punchline… I’m convinced that this book was written from the punch line backwards to the beginning, which is the only way all the disparate elements could have tied together so well at the end.” — Ernest Lilley, SFRevu.com

“[A] swashbuckling satire of interstellar diplomacy… With plenty of alien gore to satisfy fans of military SF and inventive jabs at pretend patriotism and self-serving civil service, Scalzi delivers an effervescent but intelligent romp.” — Publisher’s Weekly

Check our the first link to read more reviews, or visit Scalzi’s entertaining blog at http://whatever.scalzi.com/

– Chalmer

January 28, 2009 Posted by | Books, Humor, Satire, Scientology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Joel Guttormson debates radio show host Bob Enyart (AM 670)

From Theology Online:

“Atheist Billboard spokesman, Joel Guttormson, (“Don’t Believe in God, You’re Not Alone”) will debate Radio talk show host Bob Enyart this Wednesday on Bob’s radio and Internet show (AM 670, Internet www.KGOV.com) .

Both sides have been sent information on the other (Bob’s show with his interview of Dan Barker was sent to Joel, and Joel’s website https://metrostateatheists.wordpress.com/ was sent to Bob).”

The show will at 3pm MT, Wednesday January 7th.

Here is the  link to Bob’s interview with our friend Dan Barker.

Commentary on the show can be viewed by using the links below:

Joel’s Commentary

Chalmer’s Commentary

Metro State Atheists

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Scientologist Escapes: Provides Insight Into Cultish Group

From the A-Team.

London, Nov 4 : With most wondering what the Scientology religion is all about, a top Scientologist escapee has come out and revealed just what goes on in the shady celebrity religion, in his book.

While A-list followers like Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley, and John Travolta have credited their faith in the religion as the secret of their success, common man John Duignan said that it cost him everything and everyone he held dear.

Duignan, 45, who had lost everything when he became a leading figure in the church’s British branch, revealed that he was so brainwashed that he would have killed for Scientology.


In the book, in which he reveals about his nightmare with the cult, he also penned down about how another member was driven to a suicide bid when she was “rehabilitated” after trying to leave.

Duignan, who had never heard of Scientology, revealed how it all began in 1985 when he was approached in the street by a pretty girl who offered him a free personality test.

“The test is a clever recruitment device because it appeals to people who are searching for something. I was unhappy and latched on to the prospect of gaining confidence. I probably needed proper psychological counselling but I got nothing of the sort. The result of my initial test was Urgent Action Required,” the Sun quoted him as saying.

“These friendly people seemed to have the answer in Scientology and I surrendered myself to it,” he said.

After he joined the religion, he was taken through a gruelling regime, during which he was grounded in the Scientology doctrine, with sleep deprivation, brainwashing and so-called counselling, as its way of teaching.

“On one occasion I sat on the floor while others shouted in my face and flicked things into my eyes,” he said.

“It went on for hours. I wasn’t allowed to react or blink. You’re suppressing your natural reactions and that helps Scientology creep in to take over your mind.

“I saw myself as a soldier for Scientology. I believed it was the only route out of oblivion for mankind.

“The doctrine teaches a human’s body doesn’t matter because it is the Thetan, or soul, which survives.

“If I’d been told someone had to be eliminated because they were a threat to Scientology I could have justified the killing. They’d just lose their body, which isn’t needed,” he stated.

The harsh conditions Duignan endured were in stark contrast to the luxury enjoyed by stars at the glittering Scientology Celebrity Centre down the road.

It was until a chance encounter with actor Tom Cruise that Duignan started questioning the religion and his faith.

“In 2004 Tom was welcomed to the annual International Association Of Scientologists Gala Ball as the Most Dedicated follower,” he said.

“I was working in the grounds and Tom came out wearing a bad fake beard. It was pathetic.

“Scientologists look upon Tom Cruise as one of their best assets, but it was him who made me think twice about the cult.

“I was earning 15 pounds a week, doing my best to spread the word. I had no privacy or time to relax and was afraid or stressed all the time.

“Yet I wasn’t as dedicated as Cruise? It hurt,” he stated.

When he made his escape bid two years later, Duignan knew that he would be hunted by the sect’s intelligence wing, the Office of Special Affairs (OSA).

“Members who try to leave Scientology are subjected to the Rehabilitation Project Force,” he said.

Despite the risks he still went ahead with the plan and managed to escape to Dublin, and rebuilt his life in his native Co Cork.

“I gained nothing. I still bear the scars of my time in the church,” he said.

“But I’m now studying for an arts degree, getting to know my family and putting the past behind me,” he added.

The story has been published in the book, The Complex by John Duignan (9.99 pounds, Merlin).

November 10, 2008 Posted by | News, religion, Scientology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment