American Atheists are Coming to Des Moines

My pastor just told me that, (I somehow missed their billboards), The  American Atheists are  holding their national convention later this month in Des Moines.  I really don’t understand why people invest so much time and energy into something that they don’t think exists.

Gee they have been right since 1963. Wow they have had the market on truth for 48 long years.

They have got to be kidding. God has existed for eternity. For people who think they are so enlightened they arrived a bit late to the game.

The speaker list includes our very own Hector Avalos who, I kid you not, teaches religious studies at Iowa State.  Yea. That sounds reasonable. An atheist teaching religion.  But God forbid that a science professor, at the same school, believes in the Creator of the Universe.

Then there is “Paul Zachary “PZ” Myers is an American biology professor at the University of Minnesota Morris (UMM) and the author of the science blog Pharyngula.”  He spends a lot of time on his blog bashing all who believe in God. He is crude and his minions are cruder still.  He is infamously known for his stunt ” The Great Desecration” where he desecrated a communion host, it is not clear that it was consecrated, and the Koran.

Of course no Atheist convention would be complete without Christopher Hitchens who is appearing via Skype due to his ongoing battle with cancer.

Oh how special. The brights are coming to town for Holy Week and Easter. Well God bless them.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry and I have been married 39 years. But the deacon’s wife gig is a new twist. Larry was ordained in August of 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren. The oldest grandchild is ten and the youngest is three. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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4 Responses to American Atheists are Coming to Des Moines

  1. Susan Swehla says:

    It’s laughable because they think they are such intellectuals. But they are so ignorant of God’s Truth. I’ve never claimed to be the brightest bulb in the box but I know and love God. Perhaps they should consider Paschal’s Wager.

  2. Ruth Walker says:

    From Keith Augustine:
    “In the seventeenth century the mathematician Blaise Pascal (not Paschal) formulated his infamous pragmatic argument for belief in God in Pensées. The argument runs as follows: If you erroneously believe in God, you lose nothing (assuming that death is the absolute end), whereas if you correctly believe in God, you gain everything (eternal bliss). But if you correctly disbelieve in God, you gain nothing (death ends all), whereas if you erroneously disbelieve in God, you lose everything (eternal damnation).

    “How should you bet? Regardless of any evidence for or against the existence of God, Pascal argued that failure to accept God’s existence risks losing everything with no payoff on any count. The best bet, then, is to accept the existence of God. There have been several objections to the wager: that a person cannot simply will himself to believe something that is evidently false to him; that the wager would apply as much to belief in the wrong God as it would to disbelief in all gods, leaving the the believer in any particular god in the same situation as the atheist or agnostic; that God would not reward belief in him based solely on hedging one’s bets; and so on.”

    Do only “those holier-than-thou atheists” deny belief in Zeus, Thor, and Isis as well? Do you object to people who don’t believe in them too? Are you only agnostic about them, believe in them too “just in case” or are you a hard-core disbeliever in them just as the atheists are?

    Changing your mind in the face of evidence is wise; pretending that all ideas no matter how silly are equally valid is the epitome post-modernism.

    There are lots of different descriptions of God and they differ. All of them can’t be right. How could I choose?

    That said, atheists wouldn’t bother to advertise if religionists didn’t ram religion down everybody else’s throat. There are even people who insist that a god or creator is in the United States Constitution, when they could easily confirm that it is not.

    “Prayers never bring anything. . . . They may bring solace to the sap, the bigot, the ignorant, the aboriginal, and the lazy—but to the enlightened it is the same as asking Santa Claus to bring you something for Xmas.”
    — W.C. Fields, cited by Warren Allen Smith in Who’s Who in Hell

  3. Ruth Walker says:

    The comment about the American Atheist convention being held during the Easter season is interesting since the Christians decided to celebrate Jesus’ birth during the Saturnalia holidays (winter solstice) and chose December 25 for his birthday (the same as some of the pagan gods, such as Mithra) although Jesus certainly wouldn’t have been born in winter according to the bible myths.

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