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Eric Schoonmaker Discussion 4

  1. 1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/josemanuelerre/4959078165/ Cultural Labels d to use reduce the humanity of others Sunday, November 10, 13 • Slide 2: Hook/attention grabber: Brief story of discrimination towards a group of people in recent news stories No, I don't know that atheists should be regarded as citizens, nor should they be regarded as patriotic. This is one nation under God.… I support the separation of church and state. I'm just not very high on atheists. • Attributed by Robert I. Sherman, reporting about a public press conference Bush held at O'Hare Airport on 27 August 1987 just after announcing his candidacy for president. • Sherman, R. (2006, APR 01). Documents at bush presidential library prove vp bush questioned citizenship and patriotism of atheists. Retrieved from http://www.robsherman.com/advocacy/060401a.htm
  2. 2. Wonder & Awe are not exclusive htt p :// ww w.f lick /46 to the r.c om /ph oto 930 s/j 54/ dha 873 nco ck religious Sunday, November 10, 13 Slide 1: Hook/attention grabber: Brief story of discrimination towards a group of people in recent news stories Oprah Winfrey tells an atheist that she is not an atheist because she understands Awe and Wonder... “Well, I don’t call you an atheist then,” Winfrey said. “I think if you believe in the awe and the wonder and the mystery, then that is what God is. Winston, K. (2013, OCT 21). Diana nyad, atheist, teaches oprah a thing or two about belief, awe, and wonder. Retrieved from http:// www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/21/diana-nyad-atheist-oprah-interview_n_4138121.html
  3. 3. :// http kr.co flic ww. hotos/ w m/p 8@N06/6 009 2156 3411369/ 72 embrace empathy Religion T O N Required Sunday, November 10, 13 • Slide 3: The Big Idea: Embrace empathy: Leave your religion at the door!
  4. 4. http://ww w.flickr.co m /photos/3 8869431@ N00/8593 625632/ ...science serves human ends, not its own... ...embryos must be treated with the respect afforded to other human beings... CatholiCity.com. (n.d.). How to vote catholic a brief guide for voters. Retrieved from http://www.catholicity.com/vote/guide.html Sunday, November 10, 13 • Slide 4: What’s in it for your audience? Explain why your topic is important or worth discussing. If there were less religious resistance people would embrace life-saving technologies like Stem cell research. We could heal people otherwise beyond help. Science just is. We discover it for what it is. It serves no ends, it simply is what it is. No matter what we want it to do.
  5. 5. http:// www.fl ickr.co m/pho tos/73 197296 @N00/ 296 430082 / Sunday, November 10, 13 • Slide 5: Why should your audience listen to you? Explain your ethos (credibility). I was raised as a Catholic and even served as an Altar Boy in my teens. The death of my beloved girlfriend encouraged my faith as it came with the idea that I would see her again. As I studied my faith, I found flaws in religious teachings and became a reluctant agnostic. Through further studies, I’ve accepted my Atheism, though remain open to reproducible evidence that could prove any religion.
  6. 6. 38 517 9/ 7 k .flic ww /w tp:/ 803 ue/ atiq fom in os/ hot m/p r.co ht h t t p :/ /www.f li c k r . c photo om/ s/car bonny c/ 30363 63927/ Sunday, November 10, 13 • Slide 6: Call to Adventure: Embrace empathy by allowing people to live their lives free from the constraints of any one religion. Accept religion for private personal purposes, but do NOT force anyone to abide by any religious principles.
  7. 7. embrace empathy Critical Deconstruction Proof over Faith Fight Faith-Based-Laws http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdhancock/8609444344/ Sunday, November 10, 13 Slide 7: Preview the three main points that will support your big idea: Acceptance of the cultural importance and offerings of Atheism comprises the following: 1) Critical deconstruction of thoughts and ideas that may have been pressed upon you from before your earliest memories. 2) Accepting that proof outweighs faith. Regardless of how earnestly you may want something to be true! 3) Opposition of laws or initiatives that seek to limit scientific, medical or social progress based on church teachings.
  8. 8. Proof Outweighs h it a F http:// www.flickr.c om/photos/ kyz/ 2737519144/ Sunday, November 10, 13 • Slide 8: Supporting Point One: Accepting the position that proof outweighs faith, regardless of how earnestly you may want something to be true.
  9. 9. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR. COM/PHOTOS/ SWANKSALOT/ 8075036253/ Sunday, November 10, 13 • Slide 9: Modern day miracles conveniently only occur when there are no methods of documenting it beyond eyewitness testimony
  10. 10. http: //ww w.flic kr.co m/pho tos/ acou s ticsk yy/3 98018 5741/ Sunday, November 10, 13 • Slide 10: The James Randi Educational Foundation is offering 1 Million dollars “to anyone who can show, under proper observing conditions, evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event… the applicant will be asked to perform a relatively simple preliminary test of the claim, which if successful, will be followed by the formal test… To date, no one has passed the preliminary tests.” JREF Staff. (n.d.). Challenge info. Retrieved from http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/1m-challenge.html (Factual evidence; Logos)
  11. 11. http:// www.fli ckr.com / photos / central asian/ 654886 3171/ Critical Deconstruction Sunday, November 10, 13 • Slide 11: Supporting Point Two: Critical deconstruction of thoughts and ideas that may have been pressed upon you from before your earliest memories.
  12. 12. supposed truths 529673553/ m/photos/lord-jim/8 http://www.flickr.co Sunday, November 10, 13 • Slide 12: Sometimes, newly discovered truths are terribly inconvenient to a religion. Religious leaders are all too eager to twist interpretations of the bible to fit new discoveries. Critical thinking is crucial when confronting what the church tells their congregants.
  13. 13. Sunday, November 10, 13 • Slide 13: Story of the Creationist Museum’s claim that Dinosaurs rode in Noah’s Ark alongside people in an article from the Huffington Post: Bennet-Smith, M. (2013, Aug 06). Dinosaurs were on noah's ark, according to creation museum's new radio ad. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/06/dinosaurs-noahs-ark-creationismmuseum_n_3714483.html (factual and Emotional Evidence ethos, Pathos).
  14. 14. Abstinence Traditional Education Marriage Sunday, November 10, 13 • Slide 14: Supporting Point Three: Opposition of laws or initiatives that seek to limit scientific, medical or social progress based on church teachings.
  15. 15. Stand against Faith Based Laws http://www.flickr.com/photos/ jdhancock/4219886971/ Sunday, November 10, 13 • Slide 15: Standing up to the religious to overcome attempts at legislation which will force society to present religious ideas to impressionable children in public schools.
  16. 16. Five http:/ /www.flickr.com/photos/ideonexus/40602866 When 00/ Shelves of Proof ion lig Re produces Proof... It can then be compared to science Sunday, November 10, 13 • Slide 16: Story of Texas School’s siege from Creationists demanding alternatives to Evolution (aka Evilution), namely, Biblical Creation be presented in public school science textbooks. Texas is the premier state for national textbook compliance, so all states stand to be affected if they meet success there. (emotional evidence from MSNBC.  logos; pathos)
  17. 17. think http://www.flickr.com/photos/mobilestreetlife/ 7051195793/ or f your self Sunday, November 10, 13 • Slide 17: Call to Action: Do not accept the words of others, even myself, blindly. Look into it yourself, and make decisions rationally, not emotionally. Do not support those who aim to legislate faith based laws or policies. 
  18. 18. embrace empathy Critical Deconstruction Proof over Faith Fight Faith-Based-Laws http://www.flickr.com/photos/ 83346641@N00/5312715926/ Sunday, November 10, 13 Slide 18:Summarize the main points: Be aware of the threat religious thinking presents to our present and our future. 1) Employ critical thinking and deconstruct logical fallacies presented in religious teachings 2) Demand proof over faith 3) Oppose those that would legislate religious policy on the public at large
  19. 19. http:// ckr. www.fli tos/ com/pho N05/ 10217810@ / 1 416618293 ht www tp:// com .flickr 1021 /photo . s/ 78 4166 10@N05/ 1829 31/ embrace empathy Religion T O N Required Sunday, November 10, 13 • Slide 19: Restate big idea: Embrace empathy: Leave your religion at the door!
  20. 20. e & iv L t e L e iv L yes en e op http://www.flickr.com/photos/ are 41463627@N05/4959078165/ skeptic’s eyes Sunday, November 10, 13 • Slide 20: Clincher/new bliss: Live your life now, for there is no afterlife. Adopt an atheist lifestyle and free yourself from the guilt and doubt of your religion. Enjoy seeing the world through open eyes: Skeptic’s Eyes. You will be free, and you will be happy!

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