Secular Sunday: Freethought IRL!
I did, however, manage to make it out to the Festival of Books at UCLA this morning, and came by the booth for Atheists United. It’s an organization that I joined toward the end of last year but, life being what it is, I haven’t had a chance to get involved or attend any meetings. It’s mostly an educational/community building organization, but they get involved in the occasional activism regarding civil liberties and the separation of church and state.
I showed up at the booth just as a Christian decided he wanted to present the moral argument for God, a fifteen minute conversation that you know I dove into headfirst. After talking himself in circles endlessly (first “we can have total knowledge” then “we can’t know anything for sure” then “we know God’s nature” then “God’s nature is beyond our comprehension” etc.), and attempting false equivalencies (saying that morality = mathematics, there is either right or wrong), he said someone was waiting for him and scurried off.
I introduced myself to the booth folks as an AU member and, having checked out most of the Festival already and paid for a full day of parking, I availed myself as a volunteer to man the booth for a few hours.
I won’t lie, I was kind of hoping for more debate opportunities, but surprisingly enough, after that first guy, the people who came to the booth were very friendly, and mostly atheists glad to see an organization of like-minded individuals (which is, after all, the point).
They’re looking for ways to do more social outreach, including resurrecting a radio show they apparently used to do (!!), so I might be getting more involved in the future. We’ll see. For today it was fun and I met some cool people.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a script to finish.
- Coworker: Is it really a “Nicholl” type of script?
Me: It’s the closest I’ve got, at least. ↩