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This Week on God Discussion Radio: Jesse Galef, Secular Student Alliance, and an update from Ilene Proctor regarding John McTiernam

Jesse, Secular Student Aliance

We enjoyed Jesse so much when he joined us during our show with Dr. Liz Cornwell of the Richard Dawkins Foundation that we've convinced him to come back to the God Discussion show to tell us a bit more about the Secular Student Alliance.  The show will go live at 6:00 P.M. Pacific, 7:00 P.M. Mountain, 8:00 P.M. Central and 9:00 P.M. Eastern times on Thursday, November 4, 2010 (access information, call-in numbers and other details follow).

Jesse Galef is the Communications Director for the Secular Student Alliance.  Before being hired in 2010, he worked for the Secular Coalition for America and the American Humanist Association.

Galef graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Political Science.  He was president of the nonreligious student group on campus as well as an active member of various religious organizations, including the Orthodox Christian Fellowship and Christian Apologetics of Carolina. In his spare time, he likes to read, breakdance, and play board games.

The Secular Student Alliance (SSA) is an umbrella organization uniting atheist, agnostic, humanist, rationalist, skeptic, and freethought students and groups on high school and college campuses across the world. The SSA is dedicated to building secular student communities and promoting freethought, critical thinking, and scientific inquiry. The SSA also defends civil liberties, church-state separation, and religious freedom.

Jesse will tell us about some exciting developments from SSA's national office, such as the Regional Leadership Summits and SSA's involvement with interfaith groups.  We'll also learn about the upcoming Skepticon conference (which appears to have sold out) and the "Stone a Heathen" events on World Blasphemy Day to raise money for Amnesty's anti-stoning efforts.

We'll explore the interplay of atheism, politics and interfaith work … and why SSA's efforts in building tolerance and promoting reason are so important in today's social climate.  Be sure an join us in either the web based chatroom or on the phone for an interesting and enlightening conversation!

What Happened to John McTiernan, Director of Predator, Die Hard, and the Hunt for Red October?

Ilene Proctor

Ilene Proctor

Speaking about tolerance — and what happens when it's replaced with extremism — imagine that you're at home at dinner, or maybe watching TV, or a bit tipsy from having some drinks with your friends who are visiting.  The phone rings.  You pick it up and someone says he's with the FBI and asks you a question.  You think it's a prank call and give a lame answer, thinking nothing of it again until the police show up at your door two weeks later for lying and perjury.

This type of thing does happen in post 9/11 America today.  It happened to John McTiernam.

Due to sound quality issues last show, we're pleased that internationally-acclaimed agent and publicist Ilene Proctor will join the show live on November 4 to tell us about the abuse of justice inflicted on John McTiernan, famous for directing such action films as Predator, Die Hard, and The Hunt for Red October.

This is a shocking story that you will not want to miss.  It's a story about abuse of power.  It's a story about how any American, from the high and mighty to the poorest of the poor, to the most liberal to the most conservative, is just one person against a huge system, in a rigged game, that raises fundamental questions about civil liberties and justice in America. It's a story that should alert us as to why we do not need extremists involved in government.

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Time: Thursday, November 4, 2010 @ 6:00 p.m. PACIFIC (see time conversions below)

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  • Barbara Rice

    What a treat! Two shows in two weeks!

    • Thanks, Barbara! 🙂

      Jesse is wonderful — you'll enjoy him. And it's pretty awesome that Ilene Proctor will join us. Should be fun!


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