I’m an occasional reader of Free Inquiry, which is a magazine that promotes secularism, science and skepticism. It’s typically filled with hard-hitting, in-your-face style articles that make no apology for asking tough questions and coming to strong evidence-based conclusions. Some of the topics discussed in recent issues include:
The founding of the Mormon church
How Mother Teresa let her parents suffer in the name of God
The pagan roots of the Christmas holiday
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I like the magazine well enough, but I have never subscribed to it. Still, I get regular mailing from the publisher, the Council of Secular Humanism, asking me to. And that’s fine. I’ve subscribed to skeptical magazines before. And I’ve been a member or financial contributor to organizations like the James Randi Educational Foundation, Skeptics Society and Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. So I get it. My name is on a list.
But I hate having my ass kissed! And Free Inquiry typically begins their correspondence by addressing me as “Intelligent Reader.” Maybe this seems like a weird thing to be put off by. Surely, many folks like being called intelligent, or don’t mind being addressed as such in letters. But I really can’t stand it. And I guess what bugs me about it in this capacity is that I know in the pages to follow, I’m going to be asked for money. It’s the same type of thing I hate when Entertainment Weekly or TIME magazines try to get me back by calling me “Valued Customer” or whatever. Just get to the point!
So, that’s all I really wanted to say. I dislike getting sucked up to when I know it’s just for reasons related to money. I will still buy Free Inquiry when I see an issue I want to check out at my local bookstore, and I’ll continue supporting, at least in some small way, similar efforts to promote secular and skeptical causes. But if I wanted to be sweet talked into forking over money at random times, I’d just start dating again.