More wonderful hate mail and news from the American Atheists convention!
Their emails will be in blue while mine are in black and white.

So I spent the Easter holiday in Chicago at the American Atheists Convention where I had been invited to speak.


It was my first time ever speaking in front of a live audience and, quite frankly I have to say that I impressed myself!

Several people have already requested a transcript of my presentation but fact is it was all completely improvised. It's true. It wasn't written out (except for the hate mail I read) and I'm embarrassed to admit that I hardly remember any of what I said.


I was introduced by the lovely Ellen Johnson the President of The American Atheists, I started sweating, I explained how it was my first time doing this, my horns fell off, I read hate mail then answered questions... and I split.

Luckily the whole thing was videoed. Maybe I can get some sort of transcript off of that when I get my copy.

I remember telling about why I converted, how I told my parents about it all, what happened when they actually saw the site I'd made... and honestly I forget what else I said.


looking through hate mail seven minutes before my presentation

I read hate mail until I started stumbling over my words, then people started lining up in the aisle to ask me questions. Before I knew it my hour had passed and I fled the stage.

Hell, if anyone out there has any recollection of what I said, opinions of how I was, or pictures from the hour I spoke please send it to me!

The people there were really good to me. I realized that never before had I been surrounded by so many atheists, as well as so many people who'd heard of me. I really enjoyed myself and I asked Ellen to invite me back again.

Hi Bob, I was one of the many Atheist that saw your presentation at the convention. I enjoyed it very much and am a bit surprised that it was your first time in front of an audience, it seemed to go quite well.

I believe that a transcript of all the speakers well be published in the next newsletter or addition of the AA Magazine, that has been the past practice anyway.

I'm sorry you couldn't keep your horns on, but around that many Atheist halos, horn and other such things have little chance of survival.

If I may be so bold I might suggest presenting the Hate Mail as a Power Point presentation, half the fun is seeing how these people write! Of course the best part of the whole thing are your replies which got the biggest response from the audience.

I really enjoy your site and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my Magnetic jcDressup.

Bill Hickman


Read some of the write ups:
Daily Harold
Estclair.com

“Did you know that he died in total agony for you!!!!!!!!!!??????

Subject: A teenager christian offended

Really uninterested!!!!!! Hello!!!!! I happen to be a christian and a dress up Jesus site is sooooooooo wrong. Did you know that he died in total agony for you!!!!!!!!!!?????? Think about it. e-mail me back and I would be happy to tell you more about Him.

Barrie Willis
bjh@sawillis.fsnet.co.uk


It was actually a pretty quick death considering. I heard that with crucifixion you can die within an hour. Surprising I know!

I also heard that the people who go to hell suffer like double what a crucifixion feels like. Those are the real heroes if you ask me.

Bob

“I have a strong belief that we are all here for a reason and that what we do here matters.

I noticed the "your prayers did nothing" in the upper right hand corner of the web page.

I've been surprised at how powerful prayers can be.

I personally prayed to God to show me who he was when I was about 21 years old.

For a long time, I didn't think he had heard the prayer, and eventually I didn't know if I believed in God or not.

Then one day, I was sitting at my computer working on a project, when I noticed a book sitting on a shelf at my parents house.

I walked over and picked it up. It was called "Embraced by The Light."

I flipped it open, and was riveted from the first page. I couldn't put it down. I read it straight through.

Some would say it is a new age book. But it is a book about a near-death experience by a lady who is Catholic. She was recovering from surgery in a hospital bed when she left her body in the middle of the night. She went to heaven and got to see and understand how everything "works." She was told it was not her time to die and that she had to come back. She remembers most of her experience in heaven and has been writing and speaking about it. She can't wait to go back to heaven. And she has no fear of death.

Now at age 38, God has answered my prayer. I was about 26 or 27 when I read that book. I went back to church and started helping with the youth group. My understanding of my path on earth and my purpose is not crystal clear, but I have a strong belief that we are all here for a reason and that what we do here matters.

I can say that God may pick his time to answer, but He will answer. And he will not dissapoint those who love him.

Good luck with your path. God loves you!

Mike Osborne
hvideo@radiks.net


Hello Mike,

I too have read "Embraced by the Light" and I also once considered it evidence as to the existence of an afterlife. This was back when I was in my twenties and at that time the book blew me away as well. However, now that I am 33 and now that I've had sufficiently more life experience I've come to understand that people are extremely gullible. Not just you and me but other people too... including those who have had one of these "Near Death Experiences".

Mike, when you die your brain is affected. Your brain is what you experience everything through. EVERYTHING! I believe that the dramatic stories that Betty J. Eadie told in her book were construed in a brain that was dying. I believe that Betty's preexisting fear of death contributed to this experience. That coupled with a human being's own feelings of self importance offers up another much more reasonable explanation for what happened to her.

Yes, it is our selfish, self righteous, self indulgent nature that leaves the door open for these fantasies to blow in. As much as religion struggles to convince people that a belief in God is a humble, meek act nothing could be farther from the truth.

It's statements like "I have a strong belief that we are all here for a reason and that what we do here matters" that reveals how important we all want to be, and Betty wants very very badly to be important too. God showed her how everything up in Heaven works and selected her to return back to earth so that she could write her book and sell it for $16.95 on her web site... and then follow it up with the Embraced by the Light series... videos, cassettes and much much more.

Maybe we should worship her as the closest thing we've got to the next messiah?

Mike, you are just as anxious to be chosen by God as Betty is. Your delusions that He is communicating to you through her 15 minutes of fame is just a continuation of that selfish need to feel special. I've got it too Mike, but I know how to separate it from my fantasies.

You said you've been surprised by how powerful prayers can be? Are you telling me that saying a prayer to God asking Him to show Himself to you then 5 or 6 years later you saw a book on a shelf as an answer to that prayer impressed you? Perhaps Mike you should write a book about your miraculous sign from above? You could call it "I Prayed, then 5 or 6 years later I saw a book on a shelf which was put there by God as an Answer to that Prayer" (I checked and that URL is still available if you wanted to open an online e-store).


You are brave to put everything out there on the internet.”

Bob,

I read through the site. Looks like you put alot of work into it. It is no fun when Faith becomes a source of agony. I bet you are a member of Fundamentalists Anonymous (if it still exists).

Believe it or not, I had a similar experience with my faith. I can't fault you for your outlook or your response. Hell in many ways makes no sense. Especially for someone like you because it is obvious you are a very goodhearted person.

As far as Hell, there may be a few who have earned it - but probably not as many as some black and white Christians think. You are brave to put everything out there on the internet. I bet you have had a lot of feedback from people who stumble across it.

If you are interested, I would be happy to share with you my beliefs. We could compare notes on the break we both have made from the insanity inducing side of fundamentalism.

Mike Osborne
hvideo@radiks.net

“you are the most sick man that i konw

you are the most sick man that i konw haw can you dree up the son of god! man, he thinks that your great and that he would do any think for you and you have done this

i am going to pray for you!!!

Leo
APAL1064@aol.com


Uh oh! You know me?

The only "Leo" I've ever known was an old classmate from 5th grade. If this IS that "Leo" then it seems your spelling and punctuation hasn't developed much since huh? Have you at least kicked the bed wetting?

Bob

 

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