Monday, May 14, 2007

Humanism Rocks

In March 2007, a US politician "came out" as an atheist:

The following day, the American Humanist Association ran an advertisement in the Washington Post, congratulating Stark and identifying a number of other prominent humanists including their former honorary president Kurt Vonnegut (pdf).

Kurt Vonnegut died on April 11th, 2007.

With those selected facts, it would be easy to construct a superstitious explanation for Vonnegut's death. But Wikipedia identifies two other people who died on the same day as Vonnegut: Roscoe Lee Browne (son of a Baptist minister) and Ronald Speirs (US Army officer who is rumoured to have killed several German prisoners and one US sergeant). There is only one pattern here.

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