Monthly Archives: March 2011

Grrrl meets Toronto Talk Radio

Yesterday I was interviewed for Talk Radio 1010, regarding the recent study that projects the “extinction” of organized religion in 9 countries.

I’m never a fan of how my recorded voice sounds, but here’s the interview in case you’re curious: Talk Radio 1010 Interview Rebekah Bennetch

Dedicated to the one I love

To whom I owe the leaping delight
That quickens my senses in our wakingtime
And the rhythm that governs the repose of our sleepingtime,
The breathing in unison

Of lovers whose bodies smell of each other
Who think the same thoughts without the need of speech
And babble the same speech without need of meaning.

No peevish winter wind shall chill
No sullen tropic sun shall wither
The roses in the rose-garden which is ours and ours only

But this dedication is for others to read:
These are private words addressed to you in public.

A Dedication to My Wife
by T.S. Eliot

On books I’m not interested in reading

I recently received an interesting (read: evangelical) care package in the mail from my aunt and uncle from Alabama.  You can read about my reaction over on Canadian Atheist.

What she said:

I’m currently embroiled in researching rituals for a home-welcoming ceremony (encompassing both Jewish and Hindu traditions), and I inadvertently stumbled across this Dickinson poem in the process.  It’s perfect.

Forever – is composed of Nows – (690)
by Emily Dickinson

Forever – is composed of Nows –
‘Tis not a different time –
Except for Infiniteness –
And Latitude of Home –

From this – experienced Here –
Remove the Dates – to These –
Let Months dissolve in further Months –
And Years – exhale in Years –

Without Debate – or Pause –
Or Celebrated Days –
No different Our Years would be
From Anno Dominies –

p.s. read this Rabbi’s story on the significance of a mezuzah — I may be an atheist, but I can still really appreciate and embrace the beauty of such a religious/cultural tradition!

“The New Tithe”

The winning video of the 2011 Project Reason contest:

The church I grew up in is now a megachurch. Yep.

Happily living without religion

CFI Transnational has a new ad campaign that just kicked off today: Living Without Religion — here’s the video for the campaign:

Didja catch the 2 smiling mugs at the :33 second mark?  That’s Jerry and I!  I’m very happy to lend a picture of myself to such a campaign.

To hope, to care, to love. We have all experienced these powerful, fundamental feelings. They help define what it is to be human. These important elements of a fulfilling human life are experienced by religious and nonreligious people alike.

There are some common myths about the nonreligious—atheists, agnostics, and secular humanists. One popular myth is that the nonreligious are immoral, or at least that they can’t be relied upon to be as good as those with religious beliefs. If you know any nonreligious people (and almost everyone does—see below), you already know this is not true. Human decency does not depend on religious belief. There are good believers and good nonbelievers; there are wicked believers and wicked nonbelievers. You can’t predict a person’s moral character just from knowing his or her metaphysical beliefs.

more here