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Fundamentalism and Abuse

Start: March 31, 1999 @ 7:00 pm
End: April 3, 1999 @ 6:30 am

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jeff Seaver
Phone: (616) 892-9300
Email: jeff@cfimichigan.org


Tonight’s program featured Charles LaRue and “Fundamentalism and Abuse”. After obtaining a degree in art he worked with people who were mentally challenged and became acquainted with those who suffered from extremist religious views. He said his remarks were not intended to be anti-religious nor condemnatory of fundamentalism, but the correlation of fundamentalism and self abuse was evident. Feeling pain is a common attribute, as well as a lack of love in their lives. One way of coping is to hurt oneself, cutting with a sharp object being a common act. The flow of blood seems to play a significant role in this process.

About Charles LaRue, Board Member, CFI–Michigan

Charles LaRue was practically born drawing, and found in childhood that he could only understand the visual world if he explored it the way an artist does: breaking it down and building it back up again from its components. He graduated from Kendall College of Art & Design (illustration major; design minor) with an Associates of Fine Arts degree in 1982 and did commercial and freelance art and design. He was simultaneously beginning to explore the world of fine art painting. When he discovered alkyd resin-based paints, he was hooked. His art has been displayed in numerous galleries, private, corporate and public collections, and he has pieces that have been purchased for, and have traveled to, foreign nations, including France, Greece, and South Korea. He has won numerous awards in competitions and has been involved in solo and group art shows for many years. Charles was one of the early members of the Freethought Association of West Michigan, now CFI–Michigan, and is a past Freethinker of the Year Award recipient. Charles has worked for over half of his life with individuals with different challenges and impairments. Those with sensory disorders drove his curiosity toward exploring human perception, with a special interest in visual perception. Charles is a naturalistic, secular humanist who loves science as much as art. Some of his artwork is based on his understanding of neurology and visual perception, acquired through his pursuits as an autodidact.