Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Thanks, Penn.

I would like to thank Penn Jillette for turning me on to Robert Ingersoll. I listen to the Penn Radio podcast on a more-or-less regular basis, because it is always entertaining, and often very educational and intellectual. One day, a few months ago, he mentioned Robert Ingersoll. I was curious, because I had never heard of Ingersoll. I then started searching on the internet and found his speeches and writings at http://www.infidels.org/library/historical/robert_ingersoll/. I was amazed, to say the least. Upon further research I discovered Ingersoll's amazing popularity and influence in the 19th century. What bothers me, of course, is why isn't he in every American high school history book? The obvious answer that comes to mind is that his ideas are very much against establishment religions, especially Christianity, so he is suppressed. I think also, that since he never held prominent national political office, he was probably considered not important enough to include.

So, thank you, Penn Jillete for the enlightenment.

James Carr

Check out the Penn Radio website at http://pennradio.com/.


Blogger Dorian said...

Thank you so much for committing these national treasures to audio. You’re doing a wonderful job. And these works are so important. I too have wondered why Ingersoll’s speeches are not standard classical reading in each American high school.

With your narration of these works, I would love to have them broadcasted 24/7 on ANY FM or AM radio station; or for that matter any satellite or web radio as well.

If you’re not being compensated for transcribing these to audio, you should be. I certainly wouldn’t mind giving a donation to keep you going. Set up a link to do so.

I think with today’s busy schedule, people could more easily hear it, than read it.

D. Greer, Arizona

8/23/2006 12:30 PM  
Blogger JHC said...

Ingersoll's words are so inspiring and powerful; I don't think I do justice to them. On the other hand, when I started at least, I don't think Ingersoll's speeches were available in podcast format at all, so by comparison, I guess my version is pretty good (in other words, better than nothing).

In today's world, being brought to the brink of destruction by superstitious beliefs and irrational thinking, we need a voice of reason. I am amazed at the interest my little podcast has generated, and I am happy and proud that I can help to bring the words of this great thinker to the public.

Getting money for doing it would be nice, because getting money is always nice, but at the present time I have no plans to make this a profit-making venture.

Thanks for your kind words and encouragement.

8/23/2006 11:05 PM  

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