November 25, 2007

Atheist To Debate Creationist in Alabama

Atheists living in the American South do not have many opportunities to attend rallies, engage in atheist activism, or show support for their fellow southern atheists. A religion vs. atheism debate will be held in Dothan, Alabama in the Dothan Opera House on Tuesday, November 27, 2007, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Admission is free, and Alabama atheists are hoping to get the word out to encourage area atheists to attend.

Here is the full announcement I received yesterday via e-mail:
Atheists - We Need Your Help

Atlanta, Montgomery, Birmingham, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Pensacola and everywhere in between...

A religion vs. atheism debate will be held in the Dothan Opera House on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, in Dothan, Alabama. A special questions and answers session with audience members will take place during the final 30 minutes of the debate. Admission is free.

The debate will be between Dr. Robert Carter, a lecturer with Creation Ministries, and Rick Pierson, a local atheist activist.

Dr. Carter will challenge the Theory of Evolution and assert that Biblical Creationism is the only scientifically sound theory for human origins. Dr. Carter earned a B.S. Applied Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1992 and a Ph.D. Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami in 2003. He serves as a scientist and lecturer with Creation Ministries International and the Institute for Creation Research.

Mr. Pierson earned a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and a B.S. in Biology at Troy State University Dothan in 1999. In addition to his job as a computer programmer, he tutors college students in biology, chemistry, and physical science.

The debate has been widely advertised on christian websites, in christian magazine and newspaper articles, and on christian radio. Sadly atheists are not privy to such an organized structure, so the debate is virtually unknown throughout the atheist community. This is why we need your help.

As you might suspect, Dothan lies in the heart of the Bible Belt. The Dothan area is overwhelmingly filled with Christians and christian fundamentalists. It is no doubt the audience will be largely christian, by some estimates as much as 95%. This is why it is so imperative that we have as many atheists attend as possible. To show support for OUR side.

The Dothan Opera House is located at 115 North St. Andrews St in downtown Dothan, Alabama. For more information call the Dothan Opera House directly at (334) 793-0126.

Not many opportunities present themselves that allow fellow atheists to show solidarity. This is certainly one. Please make an effort to attend if you possibly can.
Regretfully, the late notice and schedule makes it impossible for me to attend. I'm over 5 hours from Dothan, and by the time I could leave work on Tuesday, the debate would be long over. If you are closer to Dothan, it sounds like they could really use your support.

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