Rob, Howard, Marshall, Don, Charles, Charley, Jeff.
Jeff presented printed meeting notices that can be posted on various bulletin boards to announce the next meeting which will be at Schuler's Book Store on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. He also provided printed stationery under the Freethought label along with return labels. Information about our group is also being distributed by him at Grand Valley State U.
It was decided not to have any agenda as such for the next meeting as people may be interested in discussing how we arrived at our current thinking, just as we did with each other in our smaller group. Obviously, there never has there been a lack of topics to discuss at our meetings.
Topics discussed at today's meeting included:
Death - No one is in favor of it, but its inevitability was noted. May not be so bad after all.
Alzhiemers - Marshall described how it has effected his father.
Soul - Is there a soul? If so, which portion of our lives would it resemble?
Marshall, who had been on a symposium on separation of church and state, addressed the group on "God and the Constitution". The founding fathers believed that government should be neutral in the matter of religion, and it has proven to be one of the best features of U.S. Theocracy countries have had much strife. When government is brought into a dispute dealing with religious expression, the "Lemon test" is applied to help resolve the issue:
1. There must be neutrality.
In matters dealing with younger students, courts have made more stringent decisions. For older students, the law has been more relaxed on the basis that they are less impressionable. Creationism has not been successfully accepted.
Jeff described the difficulties with some parents in his son's school over the content of Goose Bump books.
Next meeting at Schuler's Book Store, Wednesday, 3-11, 7 p.m.
Results of a Bible quiz:
The epistles were the wives of the apostles.
One of the opossums was St. Matthew.
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