Apr 26

ReasonFest ’11

Good news to any people in or around Kansas. The University of Kansas is hosting ReasonFest on May 6-7.

This, the first annual ReasonFest, will be presented by the KU Society of Open-Minded Atheists &
Agnostics (SOMA) featuring a debate between Dan Barker and John-Mark Miravalle on “Does God Exist?” and a full day of secular speakers including Darrel Ray, Tom Clark, Hemant Mehta, James Underdown, and Annie Laurie Gaylor.

A promo video can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PYBWMWQvD8 and information can also be found at http://www.facebook.com/reasonfest.

A Copy of the Media Release, which contains all the info you need, can be downloaded at: https://docs.google.com/leafid=0BwEf3TtQ8SASYzBiYmJiMjUtYmI5Ni00M2QxLWJhOWItNjBhNGYyY2FiMDMy&hl=en&authkey=COKMq8sP

Oh, and if you meet Dan Barker, tell him he omitted a huge part from his book Godless. He talks about coming out to his parents, children, friends, etc., but never mentions the conversation with his wife. All of a sudden he’s remarried and happy. Why the gloss? It was my one complaint from the first half of that book (you can basically skip the second half).

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  1. Brian

    Actually, Dan does talk about what happened with his wife in his book (I might have a later edition than you do). According to Godless, Dan’s ex-wife specifically asked to be left out of his story. He responded by saying that he told her that a story that left out his wife would seem rather incomplete. She conceded to letting him report minimal facts. According to Dan, his ex-wife wanted to be married to a preacher, so she divorced Dan and married a Baptist Minister.

    This is the only time in the book that I called foul on Dan. I seriously don’t believe that his ex-wife wanted nothing more than to be a preacher’s wife. I think she wanted to be married to a Christian, as most Christian women do (and should according to the Bible). But I’m not going to get anywhere by pointing fingers at Dan and calling him a liar.

  2. Mike

    Hmmm, I’m going to have to go back and look for that. I thought it felt like a glaring omission. I may have read what you mention and just thought it wasn’t enough. I would really be interested to know how the conversation went, but I can understand if someone doesn’t want their personal details recounted.

  3. Brian

    If I remember correctly its a single paragraph toward the end of his story of how he became an atheist.

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