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Freethought Today · Jan/Feb 2013

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

Meet a Staffer: Scott Colson

Name:  Scott B. Colson.

Where and when I was born: Neenah, Wis., 1984. I’ve spent most of my life in Appleton and Madison.

Education: University of Wisconsin- Madison, B.S. in philosophy.

What I want to be when I grow up: The Don, El Jefe, El Capo.

I spend a lot of time thinking about: Progressive politics, brewing beer, revolutionary economics, music.

I spend no time thinking about: I guess I haven’t thought about it. No topic is off limits.

My religious upbringing was: Barely Catholic. My catechism teachers were parents of other students who had a hard time answering so many of my “gotcha” questions and double binds.

My doubts about religion started: Very early. I think it was during second grade that I told my parents I thought the whole thing was some weird power trip.

How I came to work at FFRF: An opening for website development and desktop publishing at an atheist foundation — how could I pass that up? 

What I do here: If it’s jammed, I unjam it. If the lights on a machine start blinking, I unblink them. I produce the newspaper (not the content, except for this gem). I build Web pages, manage the artwork for campaigns and occasionally work on ads. I help with the radio show and podcast.  

What I like best about it here: Tea time, all of the time; random acts of jazz and baking.

What sucks about it: There are not enough hours in the day to fight all that’s crazy out there.

Things I like: Peanut butter, postmodernism, prog rock.

Things I smite: Piety, papacy, pelf-tocracy. [pelf (n.) money, esp. when gained in a dishonest or dishonorable way]

Favorite quote about freethought: “Atheism is not a drama, but the philosopher’s serenity and philosophy’s achievement.” (Gilles Deluze and Felix Guattari, What Is Philosophy?)

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