#0001 RRS Newsletter for May 31, 2007

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From: Rational Response Squad So. California
Date: May 30, 2007 10:21 PM

Help to find a cure for Autism. I get emails daily from atheist who want to find a way to do good in the name of atheism, well here is your way. Donate in the name of atheism now. Better yet, donate and then look up to see when a Walk to find a cure for Autism will be near you and join in.

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Since there is no after life you will not be rewarded after you die, but you will feel damn good knowing that you helped today.

This fundraiser is being sponsored by www.dangeroustalk.net and if enough people donate, then it will make it on the home page of the website and millions of people will see that atheist care and love just as much as theist do.

Do what you can and make a difference TODAY, as it is the only today you will have.

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Date: May 30, 2007 10:51 PM

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Cross-Reference: Gen 38:24; Lev 19:29

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Date: May 31, 2007 10:57 AM

Creationist Opposer

Darwinism and Its Discontents Chapters 1-5

Rational Atheist Book Club

May 7th – June 16th Darwinism and its Discontents By Michael Ruse

Darwinism and Its Discontents Meet the Author Darwinism and Its Discontents Chapter One Darwinism and Its Discontents Chapter Two Darwinism and Its Discontents Chapter Three Darwinism and Its Discontents Chapter Four Darwinism and Its Discontents Chapter Five

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From: The A-Team
Date: May 31, 2007 12:50 PM

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From: Jeff
Date: May 31, 2007 11:29 AM

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Revival time with the village atheist
May 25, 2007 (http://washingtontimes.com/national/20070525-124030-2881r.htm)

The jobs don't pay a lot, and you take most of your pay in self-esteem, but somebody is always trying out for village idiot or village atheist. Often they're one and the same.

Lately we've seen fresh pursuit of these positions, fueled by a rash of books about atheism, or more accurately, irrational screeds mocking those who have the faith the authors clearly envy. Atheists are organizing. They have their registered lobbyist now on Capitol Hill, and they're planning a revival meeting in Arlington in September.

No tents, no hymns, and there won't be sawdust on the trail, but big names in the godless firmament are nevertheless promised, including Prof. Richard Dawkins, the recognized Elmer Gantry of the movement; Christopher Hitchens, the author of witty books about his latest visions, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, famously abused by Islamist thugs. Madelyn Murray O'Hair, the lodestar of the movement, however, is still dead. But there will be a screening of "The Life of Brian," the Monty Python tale that has become "The Passion of the Christ" for hip heathen; caricature artists "captur[ing] convention moments of your choice" (at $15 per moment), workshops on "secular parenting," and sessions on "how to organize, develop and maintain an Atheist Meet-up," which is presumably where skeptical singles meet, greet and gaze dreamily into each other's not-so-heavenly eyes.

Merely driving by a church to shake a fist at the steeple on a Sunday morning is no longer enough to make an atheist tingle. They're taking tips from the televangelists they affect to despise. Prof. Dawkins, the Oxford don turned shill for the thrill of believing in nothing, has an Internet site that Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker would have envied, with a button to click to contribute money to support proselytizing for the cult of unbelief. The professor, who sits in something called the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford when he is not jetting hither and yon to search for opportunities at Atheist Meet-ups, is trying to get his co-religionists to call themselves "Brights," as opposed to what one of his admirers call the "knuckle-dragging morons" whose lives have been touched by divine fire.

One of the most fervent evangelists is Christopher Hitchens, whose book "god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" is currently for atheists what Chairman Mao's Little Red Book was for the Chinese millions only yesterday. (Note that God gets only a small-g in the title; Hitch is an overflowing font of cleverness.) Hitch particularly despises the legacy of Mother Teresa, whom he calls "the ghoul of Calcutta," and when the Vatican opened proceedings to make her a saint he was invited to testify as a devil's advocate. Since such witnesses for the prosecution are no longer called "devil's advocates," Hitch volunteered to "represent the devil pro-bono."

The death the other day of the Rev. Jerry Falwell put another log on the fire of atheist orthodoxy. Not for the atheists the Roman admonition -- "nil nisi bonum" -- to speak only good of the dead. Hitch has said some of the meanest things about the founder of the Moral Majority, but not all. An editorialist in Arkansas, of all unlikely places, couldn't wait to throw a few rocks. Paul Greenberg, who displays his piety and unction daily in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, went on the attack before Mr. Falwell was even in the cold, cold ground of southwest Virginia. Declaring himself "a survivor of 2,000 years of Christian charity," the sage of Little Rock's Fourche Bayou bottoms likened the reverend to Susan Sontag and Noam Chomsky, and noting that Mr. Falwell "once participated in a civil dialog with spokesmen for homosexual Americans," sneered: "I can't recall him ever falling into decency again."

The atheists reckon they don't have much time. Prof. Dawkins warns that America, with its law, literature and customs rooted in Judeo-Christian religion, is slipping into nothing less than a new Dark Age, with only worthies like himself -- or maybe only himself -- standing between civilization and the abyss. The professor enjoys the reputation of a man who doesn't suffer fools gladly, suffering himself being a full-time job, but the wares of an apostle of despair are not easy to sell. When a debate opponent greeted him not long ago with hand extended for a friendly shake, the professor kept his hands at his side. "You, sir," he said, "are an ignorant bigot." It was a sally worthy of the freshman at the sophomore smoker.

Wesley Pruden is editor in chief of The Times.

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When contacting the media, please be polite and professional. Express your specific concerns regarding that particular news report or commentary, and be sure to indicate exactly what you would like the media outlet to do differently in the future.

I believe Mr. Pruden and the Washington Times owes atheists a public apology, and I have asked for such, and suggest you do the same.

We are The A-Team and we
think Wesley Pruden should get a job at a publication with more class like The New York Post or the National Inquirer.

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From: The A-Team
Date: May 31, 2007 1:18 PM

I haven't checked out the sites mentioned below myself yet, but this seemed like an important enough bulletin to repost if politcal blogs are under attack.

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From: Kevin
Date: May 31, 2007 12:29 PM

http://zenkia.sitespaces.net HOOKUP

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From: Charles Dean Copeland
Date: 31 May 2007, 11:56

The revolution is here, FINALLY!!!

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From: Pan Man
Date: May 31, 2007 2:33 PM

It looks like the battle for Free Speech has just begun! Maybe a class action suit might get some respect?????
Support our comrade, Nierika!

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From: I'M ONE of MANY...
Date: May 31, 2007 1:12 PM

Action Now!


RE: nierika has been deleted..she consistantly has gr8 info...

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From: Trouble
Date: May 31, 2007 10:39 AM

please go to site spaces and register

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From: Matt
Date: May 31, 2007 10:36 AM

MySpace Deletes Political Blogger and Activist Nierika

My good friend Nierika woke up this morning and she received the following email from MySpace:

Your MySpace account has been deleted for violating our Terms of Service.

This is usually due to one of the following:

* Nude images, sexually suggestive or violent photos
* Covering our banner ads with HTML
* Harassing other users
* You do not meet the minimum age requirement
* Spamming the classifieds, forums, bulletins, or other sections of the site
* Attempting to artificially inflate scores
* Scripting the site

Your account cannot be restored. If you choose to return to MySpace, please follow the rules.

This is BULLSHIT. Nierika was deleted because she's by far the most dedicated and hard working politcal blogger and MySpace bulletin poster there is.

Here's a message from Nierika:

"Rebuilding Contacts and Creating Mirrors... As you may already know I was deleted from MeinSpace last night or this morning.

I don't have the time to rebuild this page just yet, but I also will mirror at Guerilla News Networks social networking site.

Please bulletin this on MalevolentSpace as well...


Create your own here:




The A-Team and we approve this message.

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Date: May 31, 2007 1:37 PM

Chi Date: May 31, 2007 5:15 PM

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From: Rational Response Squad So. California
Date: May 31, 2007 2:27 PM

IRS Should Investigate Florida Religious Group For Political Intervention, Says Americans United

Bill Keller Ministries Said Vote For Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Is Vote For Satan

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a St. Petersburg, Fla., ministry that warned people not to vote for presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

In a letter to the IRS sent today, Americans United asserts that Bill Keller Ministries seems to have violated federal tax law when its online division, Liveprayer.com, ran articles warning readers that a vote for Romney is a vote for Satan.

“If you vote for Mitt Romney, you are voting for satan!” asserted the ministry in the May 11 “devotional” posted on Liverprayer.com. “This message today is not about Mitt Romney. Romney is an unashamed and proud member of the Mormon cult founded by a murdering polygamist pedophile named Joseph Smith nearly 200 years ago. The teachings of the Mormon cult are doctrinally and theologically in complete opposition to the Absolute Truth of God’s Word….This message is about the top Christian leaders in our nation who are supporting this cult members [sic] quest to become the next President of the United States.”

Keller goes on to say, “Having Romney as President is no different than having a Muslim or Scientologist as President. Please, don’t tell me that Mitt Romney is the best option. I’ll stay home and not vote before I will vote for satan, since if you vote for Romney you are voting for satan!”

Four days later, Keller wrote another column attacking Romney and recommending that readers support a third-party candidate.

“As you know I am a huge advocate of Christians taking their stand in all areas of the marketplace, including politics,” writes Keller. “Most likely our only real option will be choosing a third party candidate who will take a stand to uphold Biblical values. I already know that in this two party system we have, a third party candidate has virtually ZERO chance of ever being elected. However, this election is going to be a test of conscience for Christians.”

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, said the ministry seems to have clearly stepped over the line. He urged the IRS to investigate this blatant example of religiously based partisan politicking.

“The 2008 presidential election is 18 months away, and already we’re seeing reckless attempts by some religious leaders to abuse their non-profit status by engaging in partisan politicking,” Lynn said. “If religious groups want to engage in electioneering, they should give up their tax exemption.”

Keller’s ministry is a non-profit entity with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Federal tax law states that organizations holding this status may not endorse or oppose candidates. The IRS Web site says that non-profit groups are “absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.”

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Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.

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Date: May 31, 2007 5:38 PM


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From: Rational Response Squad Nor*Cal
Date: May 31, 2007 6:13 PM

Greydon Square's Album is coming out on Tuesday June 5th and I encourage everyone reading this to pick it up. Greydon Square is an Atheist Rapper who has associated himself with the RRS and has real substance in his music so if you wanna check him out prior to picking up his album then just click over to his myspace page.

He spun the whole album in the Stickam Chatroom that the "RationalSquad" room it is a great album.

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Date: May 31, 2007 8:16 PM


The Reverend Moon-owned Washington Times recently took the opportunity to lambaste the atheist community through its Editor-In-Chief, Wesley Pruden. This is not the first time Pruden has allowed his name to be coupled with attacking American minorities.
In 2005, Pruden distinguished himself from other nationally syndicated columnists by decrying the Senate’s resolution, apologizing for failure to pass anti-lynching laws during Jim-Crow. The next day, the Times criticized Wachovia Corp.’s apology for early slave-trade profiteering.
Pruden's father, Wesley Pruden, Sr., was chaplain to the Capital Citizens Council in Little Rock, Arkansas, segregationists who fought integration in the 50’s and 60’s. In 1957, Pruden Sr. is reported to have ranted in response to Eisenhower’s use of the Army to protect nine black teenagers attending a white high school, "That's what we gotta fight, niggers, Communists and cops." (pg. 225, Faubus: The Life and Times of an American Prodigal, by Roy Reed, University of Arkansas Press, 1997.) Pruden, Jr. denies this.
However, in 1998, when speaking to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Pruden is (according to the Southern Law Poverty Center) reported to have said "Southerners ... hold loyalty to two countries in our hearts…(the second) baptized 137 years ago on this very field in the blood of First Manassas, a country no longer at the mercy of the vicissitudes in the tangled affairs of men, a country that lives within us, a country that will endure for as long as men and women know love. ... God bless America, God bless the Confederate States of America, and God bless you all."
It also should be noted that, under Pruden, Robert Stacy McCain serves as both the Times’ assistant national editor and a member of the neo-Confederate organization League of the South, which the Southern Law Poverty Center has called "rife with white supremacists and racist ideology." The Times is also the only daily in the U.S. to run a Saturday full page on the Civil War. Pruden is reported to have called it "probably our single most popular feature… "
Wesley Pruden’s career is not without its accomplishments for in 1991, he won the H.L. Mencken Prize. It is odd indeed that Pruden, having so criticized Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens for their atheistic endeavors, would accept an award in honor of a man who made statements like:

"The most curious social convention of the great age in which we live is the one to the effect that religious opinions should be respected."

"The priest, realistically considered, is the most immoral of men, for he is always willing to sacrifice every other sort of good to the one good of his arcanum -- the vague body of mysteries that he calls the truth."

"Sunday school: A prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents."

"A nun, at best, is only half a woman, just as a priest is only half a man."

"Of learned men, the clergy show the lowest development of professional ethics. Any pastor is free to cadge customers from the divines of rival sects, and to denounce the divines themselves as theological quacks."

"Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration -- courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and, above all, love of the truth."

"we assume that man actually does resemble God, then we are forced into the impossible theory that God is a coward, an idiot, and a bounder."

"I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind."

I advise Mr. Pruden, if he wishes to avoid the hypocrisy he attributes to atheists, to give back his award lest he also miss out on the chance to take part in his own new "Dark Age", having seemed to have found the old one so comfortable.


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Much thanks and love go to Eva for that video! I just remembered it, and I think people should see it. Great job!

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