This was a really stimulating debate moderated by the president of NOW and hosted by Wichita NOW. The participants were Rev. Robin McGonigle (senior minister of University Congregational Church and associate member of the Jesus Seminar) and Amanda Knief (former Secular Coalition lobbyist, the current managing director of the American Atheists, and author of the great looking forthcoming book, The Citizen Lobbyist: A How-to Manual for Making Your Voice Heard in Government). Though slightly off the main topic, one of my favorite bits is the two minutes starting at 54:07-56:26, which resonates with my own complaints with the paltriness of religious platitudes in the face of death.
I’m really glad to see this kind of crossover event between a major atheist activist organization and a centrally important progressive activist one. Of late, American Atheists is importantly increasing its outreach to other groups of people for whom atheistic criticisms of theistic religions should be relevant. This is a great example of that. Hopefully we can use this video and forums like this to start dialogues with our progressive religious friends. Spread this video around and look for similar opportunities to have discussions like this where you can.
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