Would you ever consider having Satan worshipping services at CFI?
A.M., Los Angeles
That’s weird, I just got a call about this…
(Actual call to CFI West in Los Angeles)
Jim Underdown: Hello?
Caller: Hi, how you doin’?
JU: Good, what can I do for you?
Caller: Well I wanted to know exactly what area you guys were in, because I had been in the area and I had heard you guys were going to turn the place into a Satanic Temple. Is that true?
CALLER: Oh it’s not true?
CALLER: Ok on the internet it says you guys were turning the place into a Satanic Temple.
JU: Well… uh, we don’t believe in Satan, so…
CALLER: Ok, I got scared because I was like I don’t know because I’m in that area all the time, and you know I don’t… I don’t want to be … get lost over there, you know, in the middle of the day or something or anything and they’re having like a Satanic church session or something. You know what I mean?
JU: No we’re a secular organization. We don’t believe in the supernatural at all.
CALLER: Ok. Alright thank you so much. God bless you.
JU: Thank you.
While it’s true that atheists, by definition, don’t believe in God, I suppose some of them (us) nevertheless believe in some other wacky supernatural crap like Satan or Dracula or Paul Bunyan.
Let me be clear. We at the Center for Inquiry are much more disciplined about our beliefs. We try to restrict what we accept to be true to that which we can confidently demonstrate through science and reason.
In order to save future callers’ time (in case you were wondering or care), here is a partial list of stuff we do and don’t believe in:
We Don’t Believe in… We Believe in…
God Godzilla, (the movie)
Noah’s Ark St. Louis Arch
Homeopathy Avogadro’s number
Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster Tourist traps
Satan Al Pacino
Walking on Water Sand Bars
Hell Light Beer
Miracles Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Win
You get the idea…