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Blasphemy Day was fantastic. We set up our Ask an Atheist table, and displayed some additional signs about Blasphemy Day specifically: “International Blasphemy Day,” “Blasphemy is a victimless crime,” and “There’s probably no gods, so stop worry and live your life!”
We had some really great discussions with people. At least dozen people wanted to know if Blasphemy Day was a real thing, and we explained what happened in Denmark as well as exactly why we were out there. A lot of people gave us a thumbs-up or otherwise said they were glad we were doing what we were doing, and we handed out a lot of flyers. As I mentioned, we also had some good interaction with theists, and just curious people, about religion, and I had a rather in-depth discussion with one guy about some of the historical problems with the Bible, as well as Pascal’s Wager.
I’ve said this on this blog before, and others have said it as well, but it’s very important and I think it’s worth repeating: Just because we’ve discussed Pascal’s Wager a hundred times before doesn’t mean the person you’re talking to has ever even heard of it. It’s very important to be patient and approach each person with a fresh perspective and an open mind. Never, ever be dismissive and never have contempt for the person you’re talking to. To a lot of people, Pascal’s Wager is indeed a persuasive argument. We are not born knowing how to think critically. Quite the opposite, in fact. It’s something we have to learn, and more importantly, something we have to practice.
I am definitely getting better at going over these common arguments by doing the Ask an Atheist table so regularly. I would encourage atheist groups to do this as often as possible, and to invite your members to participate, even if they just want to listen – not just your officers or your regular volunteers. We are averaging at least once a week with this table, I’d guess perhaps even twice a week so far this year. And we will probably be out every day this coming week, since Brother Jed will be in town. Speaking of Brother Jed…
We have an exciting event planned for Wednesday at noon. I don’t want to spoil it, but we are looking for volunteers to help us pull it off well. If you’re interested in helping, you’re free around noon on Wednesday, and you’re in the Columbia area, please contact me at 573-424-0420 cell/text or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, we are having a “fun” meeting this week – no planned discussion topic; just friends, games… and cake! Here is the Facebook event with location details. Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday at noon for the event, and on Wednesday at 5:30 for the meeting!
Have a great night, everyone
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Dave Muscato is Vice President of MU SASHA. He is a vegetarian, LGBTQ ally, and human- & animal-welfare activist. A junior at Mizzou majoring in economics & anthropology and minoring in philosophy & Latin, Dave posts updates to the SASHA blog every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. His website is http://www.DaveMuscato.com.
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