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In plenty of time for Christmas

In America, one is expected to smile deferentially while listening to the nonsense parroted by the religious: that the Ten Commandments are the basis of morality, that all religious people mean well, and that you can’t be good without God.
     The rules of “polite society” also dictate that one should not question the content, logic and instructions of the holy books. And further — so as not to offend the delicate sensibilities of the publicly pious — the nonreligious are obliged to pretend that they too have an imaginary friend who listens to their prayers.
     Well, we shouldn’t do that anymore. No one has the right not to be offended — especially when his or her alleged moral code is itself offensive.
     The number of people who have abandoned religion for reason is growing, and they are building a community based on a fundamental respect for all people that is founded on a self-evident moral imperative that predates every religious doctrine.
     It is the duty of the nonreligious to confront theobabble head-on. This book dissects and debunks religious malarkey one fantasy at a time: that a god created the universe and takes an active role in its operation; that his “only begotten son” Jesus walked and preached on this earth; that people of all religions can “coexist”; and that atheists are inherently evil. This book further demonstrates that those who follow the dictates of their faith most fervently pose the greatest menace to civilized society.
     Verily I say unto you: The abandonment of religion will make the world a happier place. People are better without God. And it is the moral duty of the nonbeliever to hasten religion’s demise through an uncompromised and well-informed blasphemy.

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FASHA

The Flathead Area Secular Humanist Association is a grassroots, democratic, member-driven organization in northwestern Montana. Membership comprises secular humanists, atheists, agnostics, naturalists, skeptics and other freethinkers.
     FASHA was founded by Ian Cameron in September 2011, and held its first meeting in December 2011. It became a limited liability company in 2013, and ownership and administrative duties were transferred to Richard E. Wackrow that year.
     FASHA holds regular monthly meetings — both business and social — and conducts community-service activities, such as maintaining a stretch of U.S. 93 north of Kalispell under the Adopt-a-Highway program, and volunteer conservation outings in Glacier National Park. Public-information activities have included Darwin Day celebrations, an “Ask an Atheist” public forum, and National Day of Reason Celebrations. In April 2014 FASHA hosted Center for Inquiry President and CEO Ron Lindsay.
     Also, the organization is active in promoting the secular agenda locally. For example, in 2012 it supported a Freedom from Religion Foundation lawsuit to remove a statue of Jesus on Big Mountain, a ski resort on federal land outside of Whitefish. And in May 2013, FASHA joined an effort spearheaded by the Secular Coalition for Montana and the National Center for Science Education to kill a bill in the Montana Legislature that would have required the teaching of creation myth — this time disguised as “critical thinking” — in Montana public schools.
     For more information and secular humanism news, visit the FASHA Home Page on this website, FASHA’s original website and FASHA’s Facebook page.

About Richard E. Wackrow

Thank you for visiting my website.
     I wrote the books Beginner’s Guide to Blasphemy (2016) and Who’s Winning the War on Terror (2012), and I am president of the Flathead Area Secular Humanist Association in Northwest Montana.
     Who’s Winning the War on Terror is an empirical examination of America’s overreaction to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the counterterrorism-industrial complex that arose as a result.
     Since the book, I have written several magazine articles and newspaper columns about various facets of the war on terror — such as the junk science that foments Americans’ fears of another deadly terrorist attack, the consummate fecklessness of airport security, and the government waste, pork-barreling and xenophobia that characterize America’s war against a tactic. In 2012-2014, I had a modest speaking schedule based on those themes.
     My preretirement credentials include serving as a reporter and editor for newspapers in several markets, as well as writing for the Dallas Morning News, Entrepreneur magazine and other major publications.

America is Frightened

Forget what you read in the newspapers and magazines, see on television, or hear on the radio. Despite what the pundits, politicians, bureaucrats and security experts say, an international network of terrorists is not poised to attack America again. It doesn’t have to anymore.
     America’s worst enemy has become its obsession with terrorism and the mythology that surrounds it.
     Meticulously researched and clearly presented, Who’s Winning the War on Terror dissects the terror-industrial complex and its pretext — a war against a ubiquitous tactic.
     It exposes the junk science, fanciful terrorism scenarios, exaggerated warnings, and outright lies that keep Americans frightened more than a decade after 9/11. It assesses the dangers actually posed by homemade nuclear weapons, the mythical “dirty bomb,” and airliner carry-on explosives. It looks at the ineptitude of America’s fabled Islamic enemy. And it gives an honest assessment of security measures being used to prevent another terrorist attack by looking at their social and economic costs, their effectiveness, and who profits from them.
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