Thursday, October 29, 2009

Seattle Hosts "Freedom From Religion" National Convention

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"Praise Darwin, Evolve Beyond Belief," "I Don't Believe In God, Because I Don't Believe In Mother Goose," are only a couple of signs and banners that are associated with the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

They consider themselves "free thinkers" and Seattle a good place to hold their national convention. They're coming to the Seattle Red Lion next week.

Their founder actually visited the Capitol in Olympia last Christmas. Based in Wisconsin, they've chosen Seattle and are promoting one of Seattle's own as a keynote speaker.

I have linked to images of several of their signs that are often placed in public, high profile places, places where people can think about their message.

Who are these folks and what do they believe?

The founder and co-president, Dan Barker, a self described former evangelical, is the guy who placed the atheist placard next to the Nativity in the Capitol in Olympia last Christmas.

It appears their emphasis is more on what they do "not" believe. I noticed in their convention promotion that they are having their "traditional non-prayer breakfast" on Saturday.

This is from some of their literature:

"Free thinkers accept the natural world and reject the unproved and primitive supernatural myths about gods, devils, angels, magic, life after death and the suspension of natural laws (miracles) through wishful thinking (prayer). We hope that someday humanity will outgrow god-ideas much as children outgrow literal belief in Santa Claus."

Although I have not seen it, I'm told they also sponsor a sign that reads, "Yes, Virginia, there is no god".

Saint Paul was considered a "free thinker" by many of his contemporaries. I'm reminded of what he once said, "Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."

His focus, however, was neither on the conformity or the transformation itself, rather on the One who did the transforming.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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  1. Do you really advocate 'renewing of your mind'?

    It seems contrary to blindly accepting your superstitions.

  2. Very sad. Only the Holy Spirit can help these lost souls. We must pray for them and, as workmen unashamed, try to be worthy of the influence we have in our personal circles so that these faith-killers do not get to our loved ones.

  3. Any thinking that results in words that show a refusal to honor God is what has put them into the bondage to this world, it's sins, and corruptions.

    Only the truth that is in Jesus will make men free. In that freedom there is much to think about. As we meditate upon the things of heaven, we begin to mount up with wings as eagles.
    An uncloudy day awaits those who can rise above the storm. Those that set their faith on God will be carried to new heights where they will see things they have never been able to see before.
    When God gives men vision, they have no need to perish. His word sustains those who have taken refuge in him by his spirit which
    is freely given to those who believe in Jesus.

    Make the decision right now to honor God....take a deep breath!..
    now give God a praise...because without him we can do nothing, but with him all things are possible.

    Thank him for giving you eternal life because you received the good news about Jesus.

    Open up your Bible and look for something good and when you find it, thank God for it. He will be listening. He's waiting for someone to come home to him right now. He's waiting for someone to check in with him. Somebody is remembering him and being blessed.

    Let's walk in the truth and let the Father's joy be full, yes, a mind can really walk. It can walk with Jesus. Look for something Jesus did in the Bible, and thank God for it. Receive eternal life, in Jesus' name.

  4. It's obvious that your mind has been stuck in a cave when you start to write like the last anonymous person (7:43 PM) who just spewed out a load of crap which we have already heard 5,000 times before, doesn't even relate to what other people are saying, and uses every tired cliche in the book. Who are you even talking to? I really doubt even the person who writes this blog got to the end of your comment before they started snoring, 7:34 PM. Did you just copy and paste? Personally, the day I became a free thinker was the day I stopped believing in the Great Myth and started asking questions instead of just doing what I was told and then barfing it back out again every time I communicate with other people. Don't try to tell me that these free thinkers are the ones in bondage. Set yourself free.


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