On the 16th of July 2006 I gave up on religion. It was Tom’s fault. I forgave him ‘South Park’, I even forgave him Oprah’s couch. I could not forgive him standing up on that stage in Saint Hill, Southern England, next to our diminutive dictator and tell me that he was more dedicated, worked harder and suffered more for the Scientology cause than me and my Xenu fearing comrades. After all, I lived for years on less than £10.00 for a 140 hour work week. He arrived and swanned around in a Mercedes E500 and wore hand-crafted suits. I wore a rumpled looking Scientology interpretation of a naval officer’s uniform. He was arrogant, he berated us about dedication. After twenty two years of sweat and tears, I considered myself pretty damned dedicated. Well, I suppose I must thank him. A few months ruminating over this insulated, privileged Hollywood star and his sense of entitlement saw me leave Scientology forever and I became a mask wearing Anonymous and a very public author and critic of him and his cult.
This is a bit of a cross post from my blog (www.ickletayto.com) re: my upcoming panels at CONvergence in Minneapolis:
It’s all out geekery with books, films, radio plays, science, skepticism and party rooms.
I’m going to be on a number of panels, some of which are part of the SkepchickCon… So I’m super excited.
Here’s my “absolutely will be at as I am on the top table” schedule:
Thursday 4th July:
We have been lucky enough to be included in the tour that James Onen is doing of the UK and Ireland.
So at 6pm on Sunday 9th October he will giving a talk about “The Rise of Skepticism In Uganda”. He is an author on the blog Free Thought Kampala if you would like some further reading!
Any and all donations to the cost of bringing James in Ireland are greatly welcomed, as well as donations to our wonderful hosts, Exchange Dublin.
As usual in the Exchange there shall be cake and refreshments – feel free to bring along some treats!
[podcast]http://skepticireland.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Talk-1.mp3[/podcast]This is a recording of a talk given by Dr Darrel Ray on 15th July 2010 in the Science Gallery on Pearse Street. Dr Darrel Ray is the author of a book called The God Virus, looking at religion from the standpoint of organisational Psychology.