Meet a Member: Jack Egger drives message home with billboards
Name: Jack G. Egger
Where I live: Marietta, Ga.
Born: North Tonawanda, N.Y., in 1940.
Family: Wife with one stepchild and family, one younger brother with large family, and two sisters.
Education: Associate of science degree.
How I got where I am today: I left home after I graduated from Niagara Falls High School and went on the road with a rock & roll band and worked around the eastern U.S. for most of my 20s before settling in Atlanta. In my 30s, I went back to school and got my degree and went to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a maintenance mechanic for 26 years and worked part time as a musician on the weekends. I have been married twice and have been married 34 years to my second wife, who is a respiratory therapist. We have never spent more than we made and invested our extra money in stocks and bonds.
Person in history I admire and why: Albert Einstein, because he saw what was real about our universe. E=MC2.
These are a few of my favorite things: Music, science, swimming, camping and Jet Skis.
These are not: Myth religions.
My favorite quotation: “Truth is the foundation of all knowledge and the cement of all societies.” — John Dryden.
My doubts about religion started: When I was a teenager, it started not to make sense to me.
What have you done for the freethought movement? I am a member of American Humanist Association, lifetime member of Atlanta Freethought Society and served on its board for a year, Secular Coalition, Center for Inquiry and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Also, I’m working on getting AHA and FFRF chapters in this area.
I am sponsoring a billboard campaign for FFRF this year in the Marietta, Ga., area. A large billboard with the message, “Supernatural belief — the enemy of humanity” has recently gone up in Marietta. Previous billboards that we have placed this year in the vicinity include one telling people to “Enjoy life — there is no afterlife,” another showing an astronaut in space with the slogan “In Science We Trust,” and one proclaiming “The only wall we need is between church-state.”
What’s your dream for freethought? I would hope there are some billionaires out there who feel that believing in the supernatural is a scourge on humanity and would be willing to help establish this institution I talk about in my essay, “The Conflict Between Science and Religion.”
In it, I write, “When religions that incorporate the supernatural are taken as the truth, this fuels climate change deniers, create wars, and promotes human rights violations. It’s also a major source of discrimination, creates most of the political divide in the world, and it takes away focus on the things that really matter to improve our lives here and now. If this isn’t bad enough, our governments give these religions tax exemptions, which violates the separation of the church and state clause as stated in the Constitution.
“What if all the true and good things of all the existing religions of today could be incorporated into one universal theology? This new theology will have its foundation based on science and humanism without any supernaturalism and would be called ‘humantology’ (or any other appropriate name).”
To read the full essay, go to jackeggerblog.wordpress.com.