AOF Member Writings
Presented for your reading pleasure are the very words of members and friends of AOF -- essays, poetry, musings, protestations, idealized hopes and fervent dreams. Almost needless to say, these represent the opinions of the several writers, not of AOF. Individual authors retain copyright. Contact them, or in some cases their estates or assigns, if you wish to reproduce any of this material.
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Liubov, in Ukranian, means love. During his time in Sacramento, the poems and character of Anatole Lubovich touched many of us deeply. His personal story came to a close in November 2005. Since then Do Gentry, Anatole's partner and administrator of his estate, has brught a number of his poems to local publications. With her permission, AOF presents a selection of Anatole's poems for our readership and the world at large. Enjoy his work, and remember.
AOF’s own Arthur Murchison shares some history about Charles Darwin, history's most influential freethinker, and religion. A practicing marine biologist for many years, now gracefully retired, Dr. Murchison, has been drawn back to his first love: the History of Science. One of his literary time-trips put him in the company of many of Darwin's friends and colleagues and resulted a publication about the founders of modern geology, War Before Science (2014, Academica Press). Having spent enjoyable and informative time with those 19th century British scientists (they called themselves "Natural Philosophers" in the day), Arthur will now take us on another journey to the life and world of Charles Darwin. To talk of it or wrangle, contact him at <arthurmurchison1210 (at) comcast (dot) net>.
Bob Oliver of Nixa, Missouri, relates the story of how he became an atheist.
"For years," writes Bob W. Holmes, "I have been teaching people a form of spirituality that eliminates the need for a god formed in man's image; that does not require angels, devils, or other mythical entities. There is none of the ancient cultural influences, such as sexism, elitism, or racism. The teachings are based upon reason." Holmes briefly and gently explains his advocacy for what he calls Reasoned Sprituality. For details, read. Or visit his Reasoned Spirituality webpage, or contact him at <bwholmes (at) reasoned (dot) org>.
Clay Gould explains why Creationism has no proper place in the science classroom.
Eddie Tabash, American lawyer and social activist, chairs the Board of Directors for the Center for Inquiry, and has chaired the outreach committee for the Council for Secular Humanism in Los Angeles and the national Legal Committee of the Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He has defended atheism in debates against world-renowned religious philosophers, including William Lane Craig, Peter van Inwagen, J.P. Moreland and Richard Swinburne. He is a lawyer in private practice in Beverly Hills, California. Contact him at email "ETABASH (at) aol (dot) com". He offers some thoughts on the proposed Flag Desecration Amendment.
Janet Borchers of Meadow Vista, CA, joined AOF in August 1995. Her satire is gentle, but under the surface, teeth are waiting.
"No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country."
~ Alexis de Tocqueville
John Hodges, born 1952, was raised Episcopalian, went nuts over Ayn Rand at age 17, received a B.A. in Economics, followed a Guru for five years, returned to atheism at age 30, and since then has read a lot of philosophy, mostly philosophy of ethics. He also reads about history, nature and science, but does not own a TV. That he grew up reading science fiction and fantasy, and watching "B" movies, may explain much. His topic is the attitudes of atheists toward religion.
"Honesty will give you all the truth there is," John writes, "and no more."