Our July 2nd service featured a consideration of some other things that happened on July the 2nd:
1937: Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, last heard from as they were on one of the final legs of their World Tour flight around the world departing Lae in Papua New Guinea and approaching Howland Island in what is now part of the US Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument which was established in January of 2009. One of our members, an expert in aviation, related that someone with whom he was personally acquainted who had knowledge of the matter said that one of the things that contributed to the loss was Earhart's not using a long trailing antenna because it slightly reduced the amount of fuel that could be carried.
1962: First Wal-Mart store opened in Rogers, AR
1964: President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act
1776: The Second Continental Congress passed a resolution to declare independence from England. John Adams wrote his wife the next day: "The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival." Of course, the specific wording of the document to be sent to the King was finalized on July 4th and this is the date that appears on the Declaration of Independence.
Our Moment of Science was about the Conquest of Mars - Conquest, not just Exploration, because of the human element of a subjective sense of accomplishment. This was kicked off in earnest 20 years ago when Pathfinder successfully began its operation on 7/2/1997. We viewed this NASA video:
The main topic of RELIGIOUS LIBERTY was explored. It turns out that there is a lot more to it than just noble words about the importance of freedom of religion and freedom from being imposed upon by other people's religions. We considered that the subject of religious liberty is really a matter of the degree of regulation of the "religious marketplace" that a state engages in, religion being considered as a kind of economic good or service. History shows that it was gradually discovered that religious uniformity was not necessary to the peace and prosperity of a society as had been thought but that just the opposite is the case. The American colonies showed this, but mainly because it was necessary to people them with anyone who could be induced to come. Many, as we know, were religious nonconformists who were enticed by the promise of religious liberty. Once they arrived in America, they often did not want to tolerate other religions. But they too found that peace, trade, commerce and prosperity demanded it.
So there is a lot more to religious liberty than the idea that it is an essential human right!
NEXT MONTH, on August 6th, we will hear from our member Jim Majors who will give an account of and discuss his own personal journey from being a very committed and involved Christian fundamentalist to finding and embracing Freethought. They key, he will argue, is in the details. And, of course it is said that "the devil is in the details." Then again, it is also said that "'God' is in the details!"
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