The Cowtown Humanist

A chapter of the American Humanist Association and

The Alliance of Secular Humanist Societies.

June 2002   Volume 4, No. 3

Early Summer Edition -- condensed by all the heat . . .

This Month
Our meeting will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Westside Unitarian Universalist Church, 6901 South McCart. The speaker will be author Jim Barr.

Last month
At the last meeting, Dr. Joe Barnhart from UNT spoke to us about the conflict between "education" and "brainwashing." The distinction is not as obvious as it may seem, even for we free-thinkers. All in all, it was a fine discussion, and if you weren't there, you're going to really regret it . . . If you weren't there, you're going to really regret it . . . If you weren't there, you're going to really regret it (repeat several more times).

Chow, baby
Don't forget, we will again gather before the meeting for dinner, fellowship and signs of food poisoning. Continuing our "Taste of Fort Worth" tour, this month we will dine at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill, 5030 South Hulen (just past Overton Ridge Blvd). We'll convene at 5:30 -- plenty of time to enjoy a meal, and still get the dishes done. Hope you'll want to join us!

Just for fun
(Editor's note: This one will be even more effective if you read it with an Irish accent.)

  A young Irish boy went to church to make his confession.

  "Bless me Father, for I have sinned," he began. "I have had intimate relations with a young lady." The priest sighed.  "Is that you, little Tommy O'Shaughnessy?"

   "Yes, Father, 'tis I."

   "I thought so," the priest said. "Sure 'n this has been a problem among you youngsters of late. And who might be the girl you were with?"

   "I shan't be tellin' you, Father.  It would ruin her reputation."

   "Well, Tommy, I'm bound to find out sooner or later, so you may as well tell me now.  Was it that lovely Brenda O'Malley?"

   "Father, I cannot say."

   "Was it Patricia Fitzgerald?"

   "I'll never tell."

   "Was it Bridget O'Shanter?"

   "I'm sorry, but I'll not name her."

   "Well was it Katherine O'Dell, then?"

   "Please, Father, I cannot tell you."

   The priest sighed in frustration. "You're a stubborn lad, Tommy O'Shaughnessy, that's for sure. And now you've sinned, and you must atone." After that, the priest gave the boy his penance, and sent him on his way

   Outside the church, Tommy's friend Seamus was waiting for him. Nervously, he approached Tommy. "So," he asked, "what'd you get?"

    "Three Hail Mary's" Tommy and answered, "and four more good leads."

Hope to see you Wednesday,


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