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Free Thoughts - A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist Paperback – April 30, 2012
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About the Author
Al Stefanelli is a retired journalist. He is also a freelance writer and author. Al began his career in 1985 writing obituaries for the New York Times and submitting freelance articles to local newspapers and periodicals. In 1993 he joined a McClatchy newspaper as a weekly columnist, a position that lasted ten years and earned the newspaper a journalism award in the 1990s. Al also produced and hosted a weekly syndicated radio broadcast that ran for three years. Al was a Southern Baptist Minister, having served several churches and was on the pulpit supply list for three counties in North Carolina. He authored several bible study programs. In 2005, for reasons you will find within the pages of this book, Al walked away from religion and founded the United Atheist Front, Inc., which functioned as a civil rights organization and an advocate for the separation of church and state, as well as neutrality in government. Al is permanently disabled, suffering from several degenerative and incurable autoimmune diseases that began developing in the mid 1990s. His declining health resulted in need to close down the operations of the United Atheist Front in 2011. While the organization itself is defunct, its Facebook page remains one of the largest and most active groups for conversation, debate and discussion on various topics. Currently, Al spends most of his time with his family. He still dabbles in freelance writing for various publications and internet magazines, and turns out the occasional book. He publishes his personal blog on the Freethought Blog network, and also co-hosts the weekly Internet radio shows "ReapSowRadio" and "American Heathen Radio." Al lives in suburban Atlanta and is a member of the Fayette Freethought Society. He is a devoted husband, loving father and proud grandfather.
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More typos than there could or should have been but that's of no importance in the overall scheme of things, especially given the importance of the subject matter.
What believers need more then anything is a wake up call, a voice in their night time slumber, a challenge to their world view that exposes what it is - hypocritical and just stupid. Stefanelli does this, and he's good at it. There are no imaginary friends in his writings, just hardcore living and congratulations on succeeding.
Doug from Birch Bay
As to the essays in "Free Thoughts", the themes of the essays tell Al's angry story. There are some, like being followed around the supermarket by a fervent believer, that I got a chuckle out of. (I am not saying that the situation was not stressful, but it can be viewed in a humorous light.) The text lacks the polish of having an editor's review and the language is foul at times.
If you want to join the angry atheist movement, then these essays will provide some motivation.