Bruce Monson was born on February 22, 1967. He is a firefighter-paramedic for the city of Colorado Springs, CO, which he calls "fundyville!"
As of 2001 he has been a firefighter in the Springs for ten years. He has an AS in Fire Science from Rancho Santiago College, CA (1990), and EMT-Paramedic training from Columbia-Swedish Medical Center, Denver, CO (1997), as well as numerous college and professional certifications relating to firefighting, EMS, forensic sciences and critical-incident stress management. He is the founder of a new organization called " Freethought Firefighters International " (FFI), and a member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Freethinkers of Colorado Springs, American Atheists, People For the American Way, American Red Cross, and MDA. A USCF National Master, Bruce has written a book on chess, The Complete Guide to the Belgrade Gambit (Dearborn, 1997), and multiple articles on chess for various chess publications in the U.S., Germany, Yugoslavia, Ireland, and the Netherlands (cf. Belgrade Gambit & Other Knightmares ). He also has an avid interest in Biblical archaeology, ancient Egyptian history, the ancient Near East, and comparative world religions & mythology. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org .
An unbelieving firefighter puts a challenge to the Christian God, using a perspective through the eyes of a profession where the disconcerting tragedy of child deaths cut to your core and, unfortunately, is dealt with all too frequently.
What disturbs me most about this event is not what the girl said about me, but what she said about herself -- that she "used to be a bad person," but now that she accepts Jesus, she's suddenly "good."
If a skyscraper collapses from an earthquake (or terrorist attack), killing thousands under millions of tons of concrete and steel, but a few people are rescued from isolated pockets within the rubble (through human effort, mind you), it's labeled "a miracle from Jesus" even though it's a statistical probability that a few people will be alive.
Mr. Monson received a Christian revisionist tract that is currently making the rounds in Christian news groups and email forwarding databases. It was written anonymously (which should be cause for concern in and of itself) and it seeks as its goal to attack the very foundations of our Constitution by way of a Christian-based revision of history, to include changing the very convictions of our founding fathers, in order to convince the targeted audience (i.e., already believing Christians) that the United States is a "Christian nation," founded by Christians, for Christians!
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