FreeOK 2015

FreeOK 2015

Imagine if you will a camp meeting of atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and pagans.  Focus on that conceptual image for a moment and you can grasp the essence of the fifth annual Oklahoma Freethought Convention.  FreeOK 2015 was held on Saturday, June 20th at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa.  This is another of those local community functions which make this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 habitable.  Yours truly was on hand for this all day annual event just as I was for the preceding four. This year’s convention coordinators had an impressive slate of eight speakers, a few of whom have graced this event with their presence before.  All brought a positive and educative message to the attendees, this year numbering around 300.  As...

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Pride is alive along the Mother Road!

Pride is alive along the Mother Road!

One of the community celebrations that make this the most conservative segment of Old Route 66 habitable took place this past weekend.  Yes, the 33rd annual Tulsa Pride celebration attracted thousands to Downtown Tulsa on Saturday afternoon and evening culminating in the Pride Parade.  This is an annual festival sponsored by Oklahomans for Equality. Yours truly was on hand to staff the Tulsa County Democratic Party tent where we were able to register a few dozen new voters and hand out Hillary and Bernie Sanders buttons for a small donation. No, I am not gay but like everyone who may be reading this blog post I have a gay family member and know several people who identify as LGBT, some of whom I consider personal friends.  Like most of the rest of America that...

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The Oklahoma Hall of Shame rapid expansion week

The Oklahoma Hall of Shame rapid expansion week

Since the late evening hours of this past Sunday when the infamous OU Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity racist chant video went viral, I have had to stop myself multiple times from making this post.  There have been other news items this week worthy of admission to this expansion of the Hall of Shame.  They include the passage of HB 1125 by the State House of Representatives which would eliminate state issued marriage licenses thereby not recognizing same-sex marriages and Governor Mary Fallin publicly demanding the benefit of federal subsidies for her constituents under the Affordable Care Act while still rooting for its overturning by the pending Supreme Court ruling.  However, with the amount of fallout that is raining down over the SAE video and public reaction...

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