Sunday, February 21, 2010

SHIFT: Austin Dacey lecture and debate, Feb 27

SHIFT: Secular Humanism, Inquiry and Freethought, the University of Utah secular student alliance, has an exciting event coming up this coming Saturday. I'll be there! Hope you can make it too!

(via SHIFT's blog)
Austin Dacey, author of The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life, and former Center for Inquiry representative to the United Nations, is coming this Saturday!

His lecture, called "Blasphemy: Hate Speech or Human Right? Inside the struggle for freedom of expression at the United Nations" will be held in the University of Utah Fine Arts Auditorium (375 South 1530 East) on Saturday, February 27, beginning at 4:00pm ~ the doors will open at 3:00, and seating is first-come-first-served, so come early to grab your good seats!

Following Dr. Dacey's lecture, he will be joined by local Salt Lake Community College Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Mark Hausam, for a debate entitled, "Is Morality Possible Without God?"

Don't miss this amazing opportunity! This lecture is being hosted by SHIFT ~ Secular Humanism, Inquiry and Freethought. It has been generously made possible by the exhaustive efforts of Co-Founder Jason Cooperrider, The Secular Student Alliance (one of our national affiliates), and The Humanists of Utah, as well of course by our participants Dr.s Austin Dacey (and Angie McQuaig) and Mark Hausam.

Donations are gratefully being accepted via cash or checks mad

We need to have a serious talk about Glenn Beck

I know I've been away from the blog for a bit. I promise right now to be posting more. You know how real life gets in the way of things...

So, Glenn Beck is a ridiculous conspiracy theorist. This is not news of course. But I tend to think of him as more of a laughingstock than anything else.

But every now and then, he reminds me that he's dangerous. Watch this vid. Watch the whole thing so you hear the poor frightened caller who he has convinced will be murdered, even going so far as to tell her directly that, yes, expect people to be bursting through your door any day now to put you out of your misery. It's utterly appalling:

(via Attempts at Rational Behavior)