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CrossingCurrents 
The Newsletter of the Crosswinds Foundation
Vol. 1:1 
November 28, 2008
 
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Welcome to our first edition of CrossingCurrents, the Crosswinds Foundation E-Letter, in this new format. We hope you will find it both useful and informative as you interact with an ever changing culture.
 
Each issue will include articles and information about current trends and movements in the culture that may be impacting your corner of the world. These are meant to be informative, but also to provide helpful tips and resources for you to use in engaging the culture where you are.
 
This new format will allow us to provide our subscribers with more information, such as the CultureTracks segment, which will be a regular feature. CultureTracks will give you just the facts about the cultural footprints that Americans are leaving behind.
 
Eventually, these E-letters will be linked to our website, so past issues can be viewed and utilized in your research. We will also include a segment with letters from our readers, so be sure and let us know your opinion - whether you agree, or not. 
 
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Bob Waldrep
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Coming Soon to a Bus Near You?
by Bob Waldrep
Bob Atheism, the belief there is no God, is still a view held by few Americans. In fact, according to a June 2008 survey by the Pew Forum, only 1.6 percent of Americans identify themselves as Atheists. However, though small in number, this is becoming an increasingly vocal group with an apparent interest in growing their number.
 
In October, British atheists announced a plan to place advertising posters on London buses proclaiming, "There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." A website was set up to take donations and within a very short time over $80,000 had been donated to the effort.
 
Richard Dawkins, an Oxford Professor and author of the bestselling The God Delusion, pledged to match all donations up to 5,500 pounds (approximately $9,300). Dawkins, who is a member of the British Humanist Association (atheists also refer to themselves as humanists), said, "This campaign to put alternative slogans on London buses will make people think - and thinking is anathema to religion."
 
Hanne Stinson, chief executive of the British Humanist, describes the message as a positive one that is not intended to bring in new recruits but to communicate it is okay not to believe in God and to dispel the idea presented by the religious that atheists will burn in the "lake of fire". According to Stinson, "It's about reassurance."
 
Despite the protestations otherwise, it sounds more like it is about "recruitment". Could you imagine, for example, a Christian organization placing a billboard proclaiming, "God is real - Trust Jesus" and saying it is only for the purpose of reassuring believers? Of course not, any such claim would be viewed as ludicrous by humanists.
 
Whatever one believes about their real motivation, they plan to start the campaign in January, 2009. Not to be undone, their American brothers have also jumped on the bandwagon, or maybe we should say the band "bus".
 
On November 11, members of the American Humanist Association held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. and announced they will be placing advertisements on...
Culture Tracks 

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Statistical data reflecting some of the findings regarding the cultural footprints of Americans. 

American's views of evangelical voters
 
(polling done in relation to the 2008 campaign)

59% said evangelicals will have a significant influence/effect on the election outcome
59% siad evangelicals will cause the political conversation to be more conservative
59% said evangelicals will spend too much time complaining and not enough time solving problems
56% said they believe evangelicals will be misunderstood and unfairly described by the news media
52% felt evangelical voters would focus primarily on homosexuality and abortion.
47% said evangelicals will minimize social justice issues
47% believed that evangelicals will vote overwhelmingly Republican.
44% believed evangelicals will not approach the election with an open mind.

 
From Barna Reseach,Sept 2008 Report
From the Mailbag
Thanks for the articles you've written for the Alabama Baptist.  You are doing good work to build up the faith of believers.  I especially appreciate you recommending Reasons to Believe.  I've been the president of the Huntsville chapter of Reasons to Believe from 1997 - 2007, so I applaud you for that recommendation.
 
 I had tears of joy in my eyes as I read your e-mail.  Thank you so much for sharing it with us.  It makes me feel so good to know we our using the money God has so richly blessed us with to help ministries lilke yours that grow the kingdom of God.   
Thanks for article on Christian Science in The Alabama Baptist last week. Are you doing all of these? I have to admit I did not keep 1,2or 3 but want to hold on to these.
 
I have enjoyed your "Spiritual Buffet" articles and have found them to be very informative.  I need a copy of the article on [Nation of] Islam.  I have tried to retrieve from the Alabama Baptist on line site but was unable to get the older articles.  If you can send per e-mail would be great if not please let me know how I may obtain this article.
(Editor's Note: See QuickLinks to view some of these articles. If you cannot find one you are looking for email us and we will see if we can't help you with a link, or email a copy to you.)
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