For those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook, I’m sad to announce that my mother, Leah Gibbs, passed away last week after a long battle with cancer.
It was a long time coming and we were (more or less) prepared. None the less, it was very hard.
The funeral was held last Thursday and, despite bad weather, there were a tremendous number of people in attendance … they even had to open up the partition in the synagogue to accommodate the number of people. It was a heart warming testament to the number of people who’s lives intersected with my moms.
Although I wasn’t sure I would be able to do it, I did speak at the funeral service … here’s what I said:
The Illini Secular Student Alliance responds to the notorious Brother Jed …
We will oppose your hate and venom with love and laughter, and we will win
Brother Jed is a frequent visitor to many college campuses where he preaches fire & brimstone to students on the public areas.
I actually saw Jed when I was attending (albeit briefly) Illinois State University back in the mid 80’s.
His strategy was pretty simple … if you weren’t as devout as he was (and nobody is, of course), you were going to hell. He simply yelled and screamed the same mantra ad nauseam.
In my opinion, Brother Jed has a serious psychiatric problem that needs treatment. But I pretty much think the same about most religious extremists.
You can find more information about Brother Jed on Wikipedia.
This is absolutely hilarious … Bill O’Reilly has a great future in comedy (if only he were actually joking):
Bill O’Reilly proves God exists, but Neil deGrasse Tyson knows what causes the changing tides.
Thanks to the Friendly Atheist for the link.
As posted to Friendly Atheist …
The fans of Family Radio Inc., a Christian radio network, have sponsored dozens of different billboards in select cities around the country proclaiming the exact date when Jesus is coming back.
May 21st, 2011.
You know, just like the Bible predicted.
If they’re so sure that it’s going to happen on that date will they leave regardless of if it happens or not?
I’d pay real money if they would.
Thanks to Ginny for the link.
I was stumbling around and found this image … almost had me on the floor laughing.