Blasphemous Blogging: The Blog of Edwin Kagin

Blasphemy is the crime of making fun of ridiculous beliefs others hold sacred. This blog is about satire, truth, inquiry, and critical thinking. It is about enjoying life before death. It is about how some try to control many through their notions about a make believe supernatural world and imaginary rewards and punishments after death. This blog says that blasphemy is a good thing, a healthy thing, and a good antidote to harmful superstition. This blog is about freedom. Edwin.

Friday, December 22, 2006

All About Heaven

Her Glory, Ellen Johnson, the brilliant and beautiful President of American Atheists, will be on TV tonight as set out below.

The topic is “Heaven -- Where is it? How do we get there?"

Now they didn’t ask me.

Had they asked me how to get to Heaven, I would have said:

“Turn Right. Go Straight.”

But if some of the people I know who think they are going to Heaven are going to Heaven, I think I would rather stay outside in the company of more honorable people like Ellen. And of course my dog.






The popular ABC News "20/20" segment "Heaven -- Where is it? How do we get there?" -- hosted by Barbara Walters will re-air on Friday,. December 22, 2006 beginning at 9:00 PM ET.

Among those interviewed is Ellen Johnson, President of American Atheists, who says that tales about a heavenly existence amount to "a myth."

"Heaven doesn't exist, hell doesn't exist," says Johnson. "We weren't alive before we were born and we're not going to exist after we die. I'm not happy about the fact that that's the end of life, but I can accept that and make my life more fulfilling now, because this is the only chance I have."

Others on the "Heaven" special represent an overwhelming religious belief. They include Rev. Calvin Butts, the Dalai Lama, and Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf. The original program which aired last year included comments by disgraced preacher Ted Haggard, former head of the National Association of Evangelicals. That segment has been cut, and ABC edited in remarks from television preacher Joel Osteen.

WHO & WHAT: Barbara Walters interview with Ellen Johnson, re-airing of "Heaven" program

WHEN: Friday, December 22, 2006 beginning at 9:00 PM ET -- check local listings

WHERE: ABC television network, a "20/20" special.


(AMERICAN ATHEISTS is a nationwide movement that defends civil rights for Atheists; works for the total separation of church and state; and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy.)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know - this blog may be someplace I may have to stick around a bit, like your insight

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