Hello ColumbiaFAVS readers,

Aaron Underwood here with a post on behalf MU SASHA! I just got back from another godless orgy and I’d like to tell you about the wild time.

On Sunday, May 26, deep in the sweltering forests of Kansas, racious laughter, shouting, and cries of joy could be heard throughout the woods. Hot sweat fell from every pore, tongues were passionately writhing, lubricant flowed, and meat filled men and women’s mouths. Young nymphs and satyrs danced and writhed around hot fires stoked with the belongings of the day’s many human sacrifices. Darrel Ray, the atheist high wizard, commanded the the unholy mass, “LET THE BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT FLOW WHILE YOU F…” Well… that got out of hand didn’t it?

The truth is, most of that did happen, but it was just slightly different. I was invited to an annual barbecue hosted at the lovely home of Darrel Ray, the author of “Sex and God” and “The God Virus.”

The event was centered around a potluck, picnic, camping and community socializing. More than 50 people attended, including students from Kansas City Atheist Coalition and MU Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists and Agnostics, along with Dave Muscato and Greg Lammers (Public Relations Director and National Affiliate Director for American Atheists, respectively), Susi Bocks (Treasurer for the National Atheist Party), Dan and Frank (Thank God I’m An Atheist Podcast) and many, many more people.

The sun shone bright across the midwest, making the weather beautiful and balmy, thus ensuring sweat. Approaching the gathering I could feel tension building. Excitement was in the air, while echoing through the woods were the sounds of laughter and arguing. Debate was lively and not tapered in any fashion – it included open discussions about sex, politics, religions and philosophy.

Alcoholic beverages, social lubricants, were being shared and flowed freely among the of-age party goers. Foods of many kinds were brought to the potluck, including many types of meat, casseroles, veggie platters, fruits, bread, cake, dips and a wide variety of other homemade dishes. The celebration was truly an exciting affair and an fantastic opportunity to cut loose and make new friends both within and outside of the secular movement. I can assure you that there weren’t satyrs, nymphs, human sacrifices or wizards – though people do sometimes have the misconception that those are part of atheist gatherings.

The best part about the whole affair is that we were all able to be ourselves, truly, free of dogma and oppressive religious attitudes. For a few fleeting moments we didn’t have to worry about treading on the toes of any invisible, anthropomorphic beings or their followers. In those woods of the midwest countryside, I found myself finally able to breathe unaided in this sea of abundant religiosity, and ‘lo it is a great start to my summer.

More photos of the event can be found courtesy of Josiah Biblename John on his flickr page.

1 Comment

  1. Thanks Aaron for the article. Let me just make one correction. The official count was 124 people not including some dogs and maybe a few stray children. Also, we will probably have another on Labor Day. Watch the meetup sites for more info.

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