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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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.
"No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country."
~ Alexis de Tocqueville
March 16, 1929 - October 25, 1994
A founder of the Humanist Association of the Greater Sacramento Area, the first major local freethought organization (formed 1979), Mildred McAllister headed the organization and guided it for 14 years, besides serving on the Board of Directors for the American Humanist Association. The "Founder of the Feast," it was she who bent the first grasses, pointed the way, and sowed the first seeds of freethought in this rough soil. Her untimely death in 1994 left us heartsick and grieving. Would she be pleased at what we have become? We can imagine, we can hope. Here is an image of Mildred, and here are wrintings, by Mildred and about her.
Born May 1952, raised in Sacramento, Ken Nahigian had deep if brittle religious convictions of the Eastern Orthodox variety until his pre-teens. Then the reading began. Books led him all over the map: to atheism, positivism, academic skepticism, mysticism, even the occult. In his early 20's, after a brush with Campus Crusade, he fell back into Christianity, this time of the Protestant neo-fundamentalist kind. Pulling free was like a long, slow tooth extraction, absent novocane. Luckily he began to make friends about then, among them the organized Freethought community. For the first time, it seemed OK to wonder, to guess, to be wrong, and to learn from being wrong. He continues to grow and learn. You may see a kind of evolution in these writings, mostly messages to friends arranged in reverse chronology. These days his knuckes barely drag. Maybe a little.
"I don't have an answer," Ken says, "but I admire the question."
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