Dan Barker was an evangelical preacher and gospel song writer until he realized it was all superstition. Now he is co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the largest freethought association in North America.
With more than 22,500 members, the nonprofit FFRF works as an effective state/church watchdog and voice for freethought (atheism, agnosticism, skepticism).
You can read Dan Barker’s story in his new book, Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists.
“You can take part in making it a reality… Together, we can improve the world, one KosherSwitch® at a time!”
Yeah, I realize it was April Fool’s Day only a couple of weeks ago, so who knows whether this is real or not. But it appears to be. They already claim to have collected $37,252 in donations at their website at www.KosherSwitch.com to make it possible, and are climbing rapidly toward their $50,000 goal. By the time you read this, either they will have reached their goal and begun manufacturing switches, or they will have exposed the whole thing as an April Fool’s joke.
To me, the interesting thing is that it’s impossible to tell the difference between an April Fool’s joke and a religion. And people donate their hard earned money, anyway.
Of course I realize your religion isn’t funny. It’s just theirs. Right?
Try, try again. And again. And then some more, until you succeed.
That was all I said when I first posted this, but then I watched it again. We can learn more from our little cousin than that.
Not only does she keep on and on and on. She finally seems to realize that leaping with the cracker, as she’s been trying to do, is not going to work. That’s better than many people, already.
So she stops, climbs up on top, looks around, and seems to think. “Oh, now I see!” She jumps back down and does it right, by climbing instead of trying to jump with the cracker. And it works.
Sometimes we just need to take a deep breath, look around, and see what we’ve been doing wrong. Then maybe we can figure out how to do the job right, like this little mouse did.
Yeah, I know. I’ve anthropomorphized the little creature, and probably given her credit for too much brain power. But, at the very least, she tried new ways and she never stopped until she finally got it right.
Don’t you wish you’d had teachers like this when you were in school?
I admit Youtube didn’t exist when I was in school. But something tells me that Matthew Weathers, an assistant professor of mathematics and computer science at Biola University , would have been outstanding with or without videos.
I’m not a real fan of Mr. Deity, but occasionally I think he comes up with a great show. Since I definitely am a fan of Professor Richard Dawkins, I particularly like this one. Some of the humor is of the “in joke” type, though, that unfortunately might not be understandable by everybody.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson is one of my heroes, ranking right up there with Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, and Richard Dawkins. Stephen Colbert interviews him in this wonderfully entertaining as well as informative video. When you’re ready to watch your next movie, watch this instead. You’ll be glad you did.