Dan Barker, Barry Lynn, Penn Gillette and You


November 5, 2011, 10 PM – I just returned from a special CFI Indiana presentation by Dan Barker. He talked for an hour and then played the keyboard and sang for an hour. It was great fun. He is a talented guy who could have been a jazz musician had he wanted to. CFI Indiana on the canal walk in Indianapolis was jumping, you should have been there.

Just in case you don’t know who Dan Barker is, he and his wife Annie Laurie Gaylor run the show at the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). Dan is evangelical preacher who has “seen the light” and turned atheist; he still receives royalties for his religious music. He and Annie have a radio show and a 10 times a year newspaper, which is so good I read every issue first page to last. Its centerfold will catch you up on all the religious creeps that have been caught and are being prosecuted and jailed. You will not believe that there are so many. The newspaper also contains a section listing some of the crudest threatening letters from Christians I have ever read. I have all Dan’s music CDs, there are many and make good listening in the car. They are clever, clever, clever, similar to the master Tom Lerher’s songs of yesteryear.

FFRF is on the front line along with Americans United fighting to keep religion out of government and public schools. Speaking of Americans United, its leader Barry Lynn will be visiting us soon and you should not miss him. Many CFI members are also members of AU and FFRF. Dues are low and well worth joining. Oh yes, AU’s newsletter will keep you updated on all their lawsuits against those who would destroy our constitutional rights.

In case you didn’t know, FFRF sponsors those billboards and bus advertising around the nation such as “You can be good without god”. If you are not already a CFI member or FFRF member or AU member, please join, they are worthy of your support. If you happen to be a closeted agnostic/atheist you need to read Dan’s latest book “Godless”, about his deconversion. The book is inspiring.

(Side note: When I have occasionally attended a church service to appease relatives, I cannot help but wonder about the doctors, lawyers, professors, teachers, scientists, engineers, nurses, and other learned people who surround me in the pews. I bet that more than half of them don’t believe in bible miracles like Noah’s Ark, walking dead, and the six day creation. I would bet they are closeted atheists, agnostics or deists. They have compartmentalized their minds so as to accommodate two or more belief systems at once. It’s a neat trick we humans have mastered.)

I’m sorry if you missed Dan Barker’s presentation, it was wonderful. Not long ago Penn Gillette visited CFI Indiana and sold out the theater. I am sometimes put off by his crudeness in spite of his intellect and comedian skills. But this time he surprised me with his sensitivity, although there still was crudeness. Never ask him if his penis has healed after the accident. The answer takes a half hour and will make your face sore from laughing.

CFI Indiana has recently had several famous visitors and more are planned, so if you are not on the mailing list you had better sign up. You don’t want to miss the entertainment and meaningful lectures. All organization web pages are easily found on the WWW. You really need t0 check them out if you have not already done so.

And, thanks for reading my blog.


About cgosling

I am a retired medical/scientific illustrator and creator of patient teaching simulators, who has given up illustration to write about science, superstition, and secular humanism. I consider myself all of the following: atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, freethinker, skeptic, and nature lover. I have several published books but the mass of my writing is unpublished. I write children's fiction, poetry, essays, and several plays and radio theater shows, that are available as free downloads to be used on secular podcasts and meetings. They can be heard on Indy Freethought Radio or on YouTube “secularradiotheater”. I hope some of my writings will be of interest to like minded freethinkers who I cordially invite to respond. I am also a Darwin impersonator. I invite readers to listen to and use the Darwin script for secular purposes.
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