Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> on Mon May 21 22:20:42 PDT 2007

[Finally back home and with some time to catch up.]

I'll mull the general question, but I have at least one idea that has 
been cooking for a few days:

I was just thinking over the weekend, as I read "The God Delusion" - 
Richard Dawkins, pretty good btw with cool references, that I am 
interested in looking into creating an "Anti-Theocracy" PAC. I live in 
the DC area, so it shouldn't be a problem to find and fill out the 
paperwork. Does anyone have experience or knowledge before I begin my quest?

I know there are at least a couple PACs and other groups that overlap 
this space to some extent[1][2][3][4], but it seems to me that a group 
focused directly on anti-theocracy in all forms with immediate 
call-on-the-carpet of any bone headed moves or statements might be 
fairly beneficial for the rest of this election cycle, narrow enough to 
have wide appeal, and not having watered down criticism of theocracy.


National Center for Science Education (NCSE) on Evolution vs. 
Creationism http://www.natcenscied.org/
Americans United for Separation of Church and State http://au.org
They have a "Democracy NOT Theocracy" petition now at: 
Secular Coalition for America http://www.secular.org "First Open 
nontheistic member of Congress - Pete Stark..."
Freedom From Religion Foundation http://ffrf.org
> The FFRF maintains a sign in the Wisconsin State Capitol 
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisconsin_State_Capitol> during the 
> winter holiday season 
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_holiday_season>, which reads:
> “ 	At this season of the Winter Solstice may reason prevail.
> There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell.
> There is only our natural world.
> Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves 
> minds.


Jeff Bone wrote:
> I'm about to ask the most provocative, and in my own mind important, 
> question that's ever been asked on this list:
> What are we doing, here, people?
> This list is possibly the list that is most X > Y, for X in fork, for 
> Y in all people, for every definition of > that I can imagine. In 
> general. On average, mean, etc.
> We all have interests, expertise, etc.
> Yet --- to what end? I mean, for me, the end to date has been: this 
> list is mostly a sort of intellectual grindstone.
> I would trust any random selection of folks on this list, e.g., to 
> plot the entire future potential history of mankind --- over any other 
> method of selection.
> How can we, this enlightened, Rohit-ed, few --- plot the destiny of 
> the species, and perhaps the entire ultimate outcome of organized 
> matter in the universe in whole?
> This is an honest question. I really want to hear any ideas, 
> challenges, etc... regardless. If nothing else, this question is 
> feedback into a next-gen sci-fi novel between collaborators on this 
> list, to be named but currently in discussion. At worse, it's that; at 
> best, a blueprint for future collaboration, and navigation...
> jb
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