Over the past year, the Secular Coalition for America has been working on expanding into all 50 states — all the better to track state and local issues. A number of chapters have already been created, and today marks the unveiling of websites for every state in the union: … the sites are not only [Read More...]
Magicians vs. Psychics Panelists: Banachek, Mark Edward, Max Maven, James Randi and Jamy Ian Swiss Moderator: D.J. Grothe When I realized that the title of the talk was “Magicians vs. Psychics” instead of “Magicians vs Physics” (My brain is pretty tired) I was slightly disappointed, and then excited again. Interesting topic, interesting panel, should be [Read More...]
After Joining and Leaving the Cult, Diane Benscoter Has Released a Book About Her Time with the Moonies
Diane Benscoter’s tale begins in 1974 as a lost 17-year-old who was concerned about the war in Vietnam and wanted to do something to help stop it. When she was invited to join a peace march, she jumped at the chance. Little did she know she was marching with members of the Unification Church who were using exhaustion, hunger, repetitive lectures, and other brainwashing techniques to get more cult members. By the end of the march, Diane believed the second coming of Christ had occurred, and that it was Sun Myung Moon, and that she had been chosen by God to be his disciple.
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Last night’s keynote by James Randi was wonderful, the magic show was a blast, I lost spectacularly at poker to a guy who had a pamphlet that said “Texas Hold ‘Em For Beginners” sticking out of his breast pocket and proceeded to hang out at a bar with a magician. So, I guess what I’m [Read More...]