Hi Guys !

Dan Barker will be here Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time! I know you will make him feel welcome : )

The format is yet to be determined but you don’t want to miss it. JT Eberhard said he plans to be here to hear Dan so that will also be cool! Pass the word… Below is Dan’s bio from his FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dan-Barker/103740086331157# and here is another link with info about Dan: http://secularstudents.org/speakers/DanBarker

For those of you who are new and do not have PalTalk, Go to Atheists vs Believers tab on our blog and then click on PalTalk to download it. Dan will be speaking in the Atheists vs Believers debate expanded room which is located in the Religion & Spirituality section under the heading – Christianity.

Barker received a degree in Religion from Azusa Pacific University and was ordained to the ministry by the Standard Community Church, California, in 1978. He served as associate pastor at a Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) church, an Assembly of God, and an independent Charismatic church. To this day, he receives royalties from his popular children’s Christian musicals, “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (1977), and “His Fleece Was White as Snow” (1978), both published by Manna Music and performed in many countries. In 1984 he announced to his friends that he was an atheist.

A successful musician, Barker has composed over 200 songs that have been published or recorded. He is the current co-president with his wife Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an American Freethought organization that promotes the separation of church and state. Barker is co-host of Freethought Radio, a Madison, Wisconsin based radio program for atheists, agnostics, and other freethinkers that has included interviews with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Steven Pinker, Julia Sweeney, and Michael Newdow. His foundation published his book Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist, and he has written numerous articles for Freethought Today, an American freethought newspaper.

He is a member of the Lenni Lenape (Delaware Indian) Tribe of Native Americans, and in 1991 edited and published Paradise Remembered, a collection of his grandfather’s stories as a Lenape boy in Indian Territory. Dan’s father, Norman Barker, was also a musician who played the trombone. His father performed a musical duet with Judy Garland in the 1948 film Easter Parade.

Barker belongs to a number of high IQ societies.