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Normans must have mistreated my Angle ancestors, and I deserve retribution. However, somewhere along the line, we must have just "gotten over it." A novel idea, I know. I'm sorry my friends, but everyone does not get the same trophy just for showing up over and over again. Since we speak of everyone getting a trophy, this brings up religion. Hold on to your hats, but we cannot endlessly pretend all religious value systems are of equal value. Some, as judged by our constitutional standards (and that would be Western or Greco-Judeo-Christian standards, by the way) just don't get the same trophy. Pluralism contains an inherent contradiction much as "there are no absolutes" is a blatant paradox. In fact, the whole bent toward pluralism is an admirable, self-inflicted feature of the religion dominant at our country's founding. We can relate well and be respectful of others even more if we acknowledge our own history more honestly. And, while we're being honest about religion, you should know of a couple of big lies out there. One is that war has religion as a major cause. Of the thousands of wars fought in human history, only a relative handful had religion as a cause. Whenever very different ethnic groups clash for whatever reason, there is a good chance they may have differing religions (and they would be expected to invoke their religion in life or death matters). This does not make religion the reason they went to war. The second lie is that somehow science sprang up as a force outside or against religion. Scientific inquiry grew up in the medieval church universities, an offspring of the reasoning nature of Western theology. Despite what Voltaire and his other anti-religion compatriots labeled as the Dark Ages, the scientific and social improvements of the West during those centuries gave rise to even more discoveries sponsored by the scientists of the church. And, lo and behold, of the top 50 scientists of the 1600 and 1700s (as identified in Isaac Asimov's encyclopedia) all but one (Halley, of comet fame) were at least sympathetic to or in many cases devout practitioners of religion. It is bunk that we must pretend religion is not a positive force in the fabric of Western society. So now this brings us to sex-and for obvious sales technique I've saved this topic for last. If a visitor were to somehow parachute in from another planet, he, she or it, would think as a species we are suddenly confused as to how our race actually procreates. Now, take it from me-and I did actually graduate from a major university with a degree in biology (and even after the cell had been discovered)-that we are sexually dimorphic creatures who reproduce by the mating of males with females (or females with males, but something tells me more the former than the latter). So do you know then how long we can go without good old-fashioned heterosexual sex? You guessed it: one generation. I hope it's not too much to ask that we remember and respect that from time to time. Now, you can check the above to see if there are 800 words still left by the censors before this paragraph. Or they might have cut the whole thing, in which case, don't bother counting. My point is this: There's nothing wrong with understanding and respecting how we got here as a culture. We do well to be able to respectfully discuss all topics instead of pretending some emperors are wearing clothes when they may be rather scantily clad. Every now and then, let's listen to the naïve little boy who had the courage to call out the emperor. We might even give him a trophy-just for showing up. index of advertisers/advertiser.com ACCOUNTANTS Gross Duke Nelson & Co, PC ................................................................23 www.grossdukenelson.com ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT COMPANIES Boxwood Career Solutions ........................................Outside Back Cover www.boxwoodtech.com CONFERENCE & CONVENTION CENTERS Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart ...............Inside Front Cover www.atlconventioncenter.com CONVENTION & VISITOR BUREAUS Macon - Bibb County CVB ....................................................................22 www.visitmacon.org Valdosta Lowndes CVB .........................................................................23 www.rainwaterconferencecenter.com Visit Norfolk ..........................................................................................13 www.visitnorfolktoday.com HOTELS & RESORTS Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center ..............................23 www.atlantamarietta.hilton.com Sea Palms Golf Resort ................................................. Inside Back Cover www.seapalms.com 30 Winter 2016 http://www.grossdukenelson.com http://www.visitmacon.org http://www.rainwaterconferencecenter.com http://www.boxwoodtech.com http://www.visitnorfolktoday.com http://www.atlconventioncenter.com http://www.atlantamarietta.hilton.com http://www.seapalms.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Winter 2016

Message from the Chair
GSAE News & Events
New Members
Georgia Poultry Federation Goes All In with Avian Flu Communications
Take AIM with Your Communications in 2016
Promoting and Leveraging Your Meeting Content
Why Every Leader Needs a Magic Wand and Glass Slippers
GSAE Presents Annual Awards
GSAE Luncheon & Tradeshow
December Holiday Luncheon
Thought Leadership Meeting Tips
Destination: Atlanta
Choices: With All Due Respect, Let Us Speak
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