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|The SkepticalPoet, with The Amazing Randi|
Reason Rally | Washington, DC | March 24, 2012
After attending the Reason Rally with a friend, we founded a local "Metrolina" chapter of Recovering From Religion in June of 2012. I'm on the leadership team of (and an occasional writer for) the Secular Coalition of North Carolina, a founding member (March 2013) and President (2016) of the Hickory Humanist Alliance, a founding member of the Charlotte Coalition of Reason (March 2013), and an interim member of the Board of Directors of the Catawba Valley Interfaith Council (2016). While I have long been sympathetic to Groucho Marx's maxim ("I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member"), I am increasingly concerned about the role that religion plays in American political life and think it is important for secular humanists to organize and build coalitions with progressive people of faith to enhance our shared values of free speech, free thought, separation of church and state, and critical thinking and science-based decision-making. I also write under the pen name Wilhelm Kühner for Kühner Kommentar an Amerika, a new publication I created which you can now support via Patreon.
The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be...I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.
- Carl Sagan. Cosmos
I married my wonderful wife in 1992 and together we have raised two very successful children in a secular household. I'm a 14 year veteran of the Air Force, flying airplanes for 10 of those years. I've participated in several combat campaigns in the Middle East since 9/11. For the last 10 years I have been flying boxes worldwide for a major cargo airline that has great Super Bowl commercials!
I'm fairly new to secular activism, but have recently been volunteering as a Recovering From Religion group facilitator, Hotline volunteer, and coordinated the Thinking Atheist tour for the Carolinas in June 2014. I look forward to helping William with the Metrolina Chapter of Recovering From Religion.
My conclusion is that there is no reason to believe any of the dogmas of traditional theology and, further, that there is no reason to wish that they were true. Man, in so far as he is not subject to natural forces, is free to work out his own destiny. The responsibility is his, and so is the opportunity.
- Bertrand Russell. Is There a God?