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Go to: Candidate Without A Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt

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A couple years ago, the first atheist to be elected into a North Carolina public office was Cecil Bothwell, who is still on the Asheville city council today. He was featured on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show and this website:

Now he's running for Congress to knock out our incumbent representative Heath Shuler, who is a member of the Christian power-politics group The Family. Bothwell doesn't accept corporate financing, which makes him all the more reliable on networking and individual donations from people like us. Even if you don't live in Western NC, getting Bothwell into Congress would be an excellent way to boost secular political presence in Washington. Check out his website! (

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 23:38:49 UTC | #911003

Go to: I'm having bad acid flashbacks, man

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what format is the video? I can't play it, but sounds like you're comparing LSD use to religious ignorance...very unfair, PZ.

Wed, 10 Feb 2010 19:53:00 UTC | #440345


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I at least partly agree with you, Machinus, I'm not a big fan of the coexist stickers. I actually made a spoof of it, and started a local community zine for political cartoons and whatnot to keep this kind of so-open-minded-brains-falling-out thing in check, but its not exactly a battle that's raging. There's enough common sense around that there's not much to push against.
But the point I was making is that conservative religion (despite us having a highway named after Billy Graham, etc...) has been tamed by being forced to coexist with new age, hippy-ish religious views, plus the presence of a liberal arts university. It might be the most progressive NC city, so the main issue is the rest of the state's ignorance.

Mon, 28 Dec 2009 20:03:00 UTC | #426484


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I'm a UNC Asheville student. You can't generalize about what kind of people live here, but there definitely is a lot of alternative medicine centers and spiritual groups that meet here. I've done what I can to stir things up but for the most part religion and voodoo here are more about private dabbling than any agendas.

Like any college town, there's a lot of weed and other drugs circulating, but since when does that mean people are stupid? Steve Jobs smoked weed and tripped LSD, for goodness sake...
It would be unheard of if he was kicked out of office, and the community would be in an uproar. If anything, the town motto is on the "Coexist" stickers on so many cars.

Thu, 24 Dec 2009 20:20:00 UTC | #425947

Go to: DI Manipulation of Amazon re: Stephen Meyer's ''Signature in the Cell"

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This is knee-jerk stuff that gets us nowhere. Wheeler responded, saying "This is a lie," and goes into a tirade on the evidence for evolution.

But the description didn't challenge evolution in the first place, it just did what it was supposed to do: say that Stephen Meyer argues against Darwin in the book. Duh

The matter PZ brought up, of Amazon suppressing bad reviews, is entirely separate and entirely relevant. So why isn't this about that?

Thu, 17 Dec 2009 19:25:00 UTC | #424092

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