Msg # 2 Date: 06 May 91 23:49:40 To: All Joining The A_theist Echo Subj: A_theist Echo

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Msg # 2 Date: 06 May 91 23:49:40 From: Christopher Baker To: All Joining The A_theist Echo Subj: A_theist Echo Guidelines ____________________________________________________________________________ Basic Disclaimer: This Echo operates under the premises espoused by American Atheists, Inc., but is in NO WAY connected to that organization other than the Moderator's paid membership. This Echo does not represent American Atheists, Inc., nor does it claim any link to those founders and writers of that organization. The opinions expressed in this Echo are those of the writers identified in the header of each message. No other responsibility is expressed or implied for the content of the messages in this Echo. This Echo does not exist to promote so-called 'freethought' groups or publications [Freedom From Religion Foundation, American Humanist Association, American Rationalist, Prometheus Books, Atheists United, Humanist Quest for Truth, etc.] other than the goals of American Atheists, Inc., as stated below. Promotion of those groups will be considered 'off-topic'. Participants from those groups are welcome to post so long as they remember that prohibition and stick to rationales without advertising. Echo facts: This Echo is Hosted and Moderated by Christopher Baker from Rights On!, FidoNet Node 1:374/14, in Titusville_FL_USA. Anyone desiring a link to this Echo should send Netmail to me at that address. This Echo provides a forum for the discussion of atheism and free thought. It is not a sounding board for rabid anti-religionists or for fundamentalist dogmas intended to 'save our souls' from the power of an open mind. Proselytizers and preachers of the 'gospel' will be unwelcome if they cannot debate without resorting to 'you must believe this' or 'you must have faith' or 'you will all fry in hell', etc. Such outbursts will result in the links to the offending system being cut if the Sysop of that system cannot prevent future outbursts of that type. Personal attacks will not be permitted. Participants will confine themselves to ideas and facts and avoid personality clashes or ego wars. Private messages are not permitted. Sysops are expected to restrict this Echo to public messages only. In the discussion of atheism, the following definition will be the operational precept of the Echo: a-theism = free of religion. Aliases are not permitted. It's time for atheists to come out of the closet. The President [Jon Murray] and Editor Emeritus [Madalyn O'Hair] of American Atheists have been invited to participate in this Echo. Anyone desiring membership or more information about the organization may write to Jon Murray at: American Atheists, Inc., P.O. Box 140195, Austin, TX, 78714-0195. Their telephone is: (512) 458-1244, 0900-1700 CT. Echo Purpose: 1. Stimulate freedom of thought and inquiry concerning religious dogmas and practices; 2. Collect and disseminate information on all religions and their histories; 3. Advocate and labor for the complete and absolute separation of church and State; 4. Advocate and labor for a thoroughly secular system of education available to all; 5. Encourage development and acceptance of a human ethical system stressing the responsibility of individuals to society; 6. Develop and propagate a social philosophy in which man/woman is the central figure who alone must be the strength of humanity; 7. Promote the study of arts and sciences for the enrichment of human life. "Atheism may be defined as the mental attitude which unreservedly accepts the supremacy of reason and aims at establishing a life-style and ethical outlook verifiable by experience and the scientific method, independent of all arbitrary assumptions and creeds." American Atheists, Inc. The current list of primary Echo link points is as follows: 1:374/14. Welcome to a new dawn in unrestricted thinking! [grin] TTFN. Chris --- D'Bridge B1046/00R * Origin: Rights On! - Free of Religion! - Titusville_FL_USA (1:374/14) SEEN-BY: 374/14 PATH: 374/14

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