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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"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."
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."
You can contact him c/o any of the AOF officers. See the Contact page.
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.
In midish-1995, the Religion Page of the Sacramento Bee began a new policy, to publish humanist & secular responses to posed moral questions alongside views from local faith leaders. Grabbing the gauntlet, AOF’s webmistress Pat Kelley was soon submitting her own answers. Click the "Read More" link to see highlights. To wrangle, contact Pat at <pkelley9 (at) gmail (dot) com>. But beware the doggy, it's a killer.
Dr. Richard Cevantis Carrier, born December 1, 1969, is a professional historian, former editor in chief of the Secular Web (Internet Infidels), Graduate Student Instructor (Columbia University), and Librarian's Assistant (Electronic Texts Service: Butler Library, Columbia University). He holds a Ph.D. in Ancient History from Columbia University, and is fluent in Germain, French, Latin and Ancient Greek. He has published numerous articles in books, journals and magazines, and appeared in the documentary film The God Who Wasn't There, where he expressed his doubts on the historicity of Jesus. He contributes to The God Contention, a web site comparing and contrasting various worldviews. In 1995 he married Jennifer Robin Paynter (now Carrier). Visit his website at http://www.richardcarrier.info/.
Stacy M. Reese writes under the pen-name Kindred. Her topics are bone marrow donation and a philosophical fantasy, "Thinker's Anonymous."