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DIAL A GAY ATHEIST 08 August 1994 FRONT PAGE RELIGION Welcome to Dial A Gay Atheist, a communications service of American Gay & Lesbian Atheists. American Gay Atheists, Inc., is a non-profit, educational foundation dedicated to keeping state and church separate and promoting the concept as the lesbian and gay community's most important constitutional ally. Inquiries should be addressed, in writing, to AGLA, PO Box 66711, Houston, TX 77266. Contents of Dial A Gay Atheist are protected under the copyright laws of the United States and require permission for reproduction in any manner. This is Don Sanders for Dial A Gay Atheist. A number of you have asked why Dial A Gay Atheist has placed a disclaimer message concerning its contents being protected under the copyright laws of the United States. Simply, we were tired of the contents of our messages being used by religious organizations in order to fan the flames of their irrational followers in an attempt to bilk money and build the cause of irrationalism in this nation. Back during December of 1993, Christian radio loud-mouth and twister of misinformation, Bob Larson of Denver, Colorado, called Dial A Gay Atheist and excised portions of our Winter Solstice message and played it over the air on his 2-hour talk radio broadcast. Throughout his show, he would revert back to Dial A Gay Atheist and use it to raise funds for his ministry of hate, deception and misinformation. After consulting with an attorney, we were instructed to place a disclaimer message thereon. This way, anyone or any entity which abuses messages in the same manner done by Bob Larson may be held liable for damages. So, the answer for this disclaimer message lies in the fact that we have been assaulted by Christian fanatics who have taken our messages, twisted them, and used them for their own financial gain. This message is being prepared on Monday evening, August 8. If you are a resident of Houston, the city of origin of this service, you may have seen the Houston Chronicle today. Because a number of you are out-of-town and out-of-state callers, let me tell you about Monday's front page, which was simply spilling over with religion. The large feature color photo highlighting the front page was that of a priest, dressed in 12th Century drag, standing above the entrance to Galveston Bay at Kemah, holding a magic wand of sorts, as the brigade of shrimp boats and pleasure craft sailed by. This is yet another "religious tradition" stemming from the depths of the Middle Ages which has held on in tradition in our society to the present time. Despite the annual blessing of the fleet, there are good years and bad years for the fishing industry, regardless of the "blessing of the fleet" by a medieval priest. Just below the photo of the robed medieval leftover is the photo of a family mom and dad and two young male children. All four are wearing baseball caps (the fashion crossover of modern day gang-wear and bubba-wear), mommy and daddy with about 40 pounds of excess gut hanging over their waists, and both juniors with baseball uniforms, with the older offspring holding a baseball bat. We're not sure if the baseball bat is intended for hitting balls or knocking skulls? The corresponding article explains: "In its third year, Lutheran night at the ballpark has become a sort of religious experience for congregation members. They rent buses and trek into the city from all over Texas' Gulf Coast, and sometimes from as far away as Louisiana. They do it for love of the sport and for fellowship." They love to use that word, "fellowship." The photo and story are in reference to the pending strike of the grossly over-paid, spoiled, juvenile adult men who play the game of baseball, which, along with a few other varieties of sports like football and basketball, comprise America's secular religion. The average baseball player's salary in America is a measly $1.2 million per year. Poor, underpaid babies! The other religious article featured on page one of the Chronicle dealt with a federal investigation into abortion clinic violence and an alleged declaration which was signed by a number of anti-abortion terrorists supporting the killing of abortion clinic doctors. The report claims that the declaration was created by Paul Hill, the former Presbyterian minister who pulled the trigger in Pensacola's July 29 slayings. Thirty Christian terrorists allegedly signed the document which read, in part, "We proclaim that whatever force is legitimate to defend the life of a born child is legitimate to defend the life of an unborn child." According to the Chronicle report, a number of those who signed the declaration are acquaintances of Shelley Shannon, the woman convicted in March of trying to kill Wichita physician George Tiller. Paul Hill has allegedly corresponded regularly with Shannon, and during Shannon's trial, Hill came to Wichita to show support. Another name found of Hill's declaration of death is that of the Rev. David Trosch, a Catholic priest from Mobile, Alabama, who, in a July 16 letter to Congress, wrote that Christians across America would soon "come to grips" that abortion is murder. When that happens, the priest wrote, "we will see the beginning of massive killing of abortionists and their staffs." The priest's letter continued by saying that members of the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and NOW "will be sought out and terminated as vermin are terminated. It will be seen as a necessity for the defense of innocent human life." Killing those with whom they disagree is an old Christian tradition. How fitting for a modern-day priest to be uttering such words in light of the tradition of slaughter of his church. Well, it does, indeed,appear that the Federal Government might uncover an conspiracy among the right-wing, Christian- dominated ranks of the anti-abortionist, mandatory motherhood terrorists. Of course, as we said last week, the conspiracy of terrorism emanates from the sweet little churches which dot the landscape of our "one nation under God." And on today's broadcast of Paul Harvey, the right-wing, conservative radio news guru, Harvey was complaining about the fringe religious elements in America who claim that it is their right, under the Constitution's Free Exercise clause, to slaughter and kill animals (an act known as sacrifice), frequently and usually in gruesome manners, as part of their right to freedom of religious exercise. Harvey said on his program that the U.S. Supreme Court should put limits of this kind of religious abuse. Well, I would like to remind Paul Harvey that it was only a couple of years ago that our very own Supreme Court did, indeed, try to place limits of the illegal and dangerous activities in which persons could involve themselves under the guise and excuse of "freedom of religion." This was affirmed in the so-called Smith case. This case involved the use of Peyote, a hallucinogenic substance, by some groups during religious ceremonies. Then, after the Court affirmed that the state does have a compelling interest to regulate some religious activities which can be detrimental or illegal, Congress immediately jumped in and unanimously passed the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by President Clinton, which essentially opened the doors for all kinds of abuse, illegal and dangerous activities in which anyone wishes to participate, as long as it's done in the name of religion. So, Paul Harvey, check your facts! The Courts did say that enough was enough, but it was the American people who allowed their Congressmen to pass the crazy Religious Freedom Restoration Act which allows almost any heinous, gruesome, crazy and dangerous activity to be done under the protection of freedom of religion. You asked for it. You got it. So just deal with it. America is wallowing in religious muck. With the dumbing down of the people comes the rising tide of religious-based idiocy and superstition. In the midst of this whirlpool lies AGLA which firmly supports the Jeffersonian concept that there should be a wall of separation between church and state. More and more, we are seeing the need for that wall to be rebuilt. If you would like to help, send a contribution to AGLA, PO Box 66711, Houston, TX 77266. For a free sample copy of the American Gay & Lesbian Atheist newsletter, write, and we'll send it right along. In Houston, tune in to the American Atheist TV Forum on your community access cable channel on Sunday, August 14, at 7:30 PM. At the tone, tell us from where you're calling and what's on your mind. Your comments may be selected for playback during an upcoming segment of Dial A Gay Atheist. Of course, you may call this American GAY Atheist again, anytime! *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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