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DIAL A GAY ATHEIST 31 JANUARY 1994 AN OPEN FORUM PROGRAM This is 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 gay & lesbian community's most important constitutional ally. Please address all inquiries, in writing, to AGLA, PO Box 66711, Houston, TX 77266. All commentaries contained herein are protected under the copyright laws of the United States and may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without receiving written permission from AGLA. This is Don Sanders for Dial A Gay Atheist. Today, we return to YOUR comments in the Open Forum, where Dial A Gay Atheist selects opinions left by our caller. Without further adieu, let's get right into The Open Forum. PLAY POSITIVE MESSAGES -- "I'm not an Atheist, but I'm gay," ends series. Lest we be accused of playing only those messages which are supportive of us, let's now hear from those who disagree with our postulates. PLAY MESSAGE. Our first caller takes issue with our position that human progress was stifled during the period known as the Dark Ages, a time so named because advancements in such disciplines as science and medicine, among others, were greatly restrained. We are pleased to note that during a period of well over a thousand years, the church did allow an important advancement to take place. To the church, we apologize for forgetting to mention this consequential endowment to the betterment of the overall human condition. PLAY MESSAGE. Sorry our machine cut you off before you finished your message. Let me remind you, too, that it was not until man was free to discover, inquire and create again was there a substantial increase in population and an overall improvement in the quality of life for many. Until there was scientific investigation into the area of medicine, something which the church considered heresy, did the quality of life improve. It certainly isn't the church today which is feeding the great many hundreds of millions of the starving and malnourished, many of whom it has encouraged, and it isn't the harness for the horse which is so helpful in aiding the farmers meet the increasing demands of millions and millions more mouths to feed. Without scientific and technological developments in food production, technology which allows you and me simply to stop into our local supermarkets and choose hundreds of varieties of fruits and vegetables any time of the year, we would all be spending our days plowing our own fields, toiling in back-breaking labor from dawn to dusk, and breeding children for the sole purpose of having enough indentured servants to operate the family farm. Yes, let's go back to the good old days when religion ruled the world! Perhaps if there are not enough horses to go around to plow those fields, the holy Roman priests might willingly allow us to strap a harness onto their backs and use them as engines to pull the plows which till the soil to grow the crops which feed the mouths of the millions of hungry souls whose births they have encouraged. Now, let's hear from another detractor. PLAY MESSAGE. I never wake up with a hangover because I have the good sense to know that alcohol is not good for me. The Atheist takes responsibility for his own life and does not rely upon a spirit to exempt him from the consequences of his actions. And we have time for one more caller. PLAY MESSAGE. Yea, we get the picture. Our caller has done his best not to leave anyone out. We're here because we're needed. We're here because as long as there is the blight of religion, Atheism shall stand as a bold and determined restraint and a voice of sanity in an otherwise mystified world. For a free sample copy of The American Gay & Lesbian Atheist newsletter, simply mail a request to AGLA, PO Box 66711, Houston, TX 77266. In Houston, tune in to the American Atheist TV Forum on your community access cable channel each Wednesday at 6:30 PM. At the tone, tell us from where you're calling and what's on your mind. And 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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