Outreach & Events - Freedom From Religion Foundation

February 16, 2014 - Dennis Martin

Alabama Freethought's next Lake Hypatia Speaker Series will be Sunday, February 16, 2014, at our Lake Hypatia Advance. Click here for a map to Lake Hypatia.

Our speaker in February will be Dr. Dennis Martin, secretary of the Atlanta Freethought Society. With a Ph.D. in philosophy as well as a degree in mathematics, Dr. Martin has taught for over 36 years including topics of philosophy, critical thinking, formal logic, history of ethics, business ethics, contemporary moral issues, philosophy of religion, philosophy of atheism, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of human nature, and decision-making.

In this program, Dr. Martin will discuss the more fundamental ideas embraced by freethinkers and secular humanists alike, how those ideas arose in history, and how you can show their importance to your non-freethinking friends today. Many people assume that "Freethought" is just a polite code word for "Atheism." While atheism is a likely consequence of Freethought, the two ideas are not identical and the differences matter. The audience will be encouraged to participate in the discussion with their own examples and ideas.

Program Schedule

  • Meet & Greet 11:00
  • Covered Dish 12:00 (show off your culinary craft)
  • Program 1:00

January 19, 2014 - David Gespass

Alabama Freethought's next Lake Hypatia Speaker Series will be Sunday, January 19, 2014, at our Lake Hypatia Advance. Click here for a map to Lake Hypatia.

Threats to Your Civil Liberties in the Internet Age

David Gespass, recipient of the Golden Jurist Award from the Birmingham NAACP for his commitment to civil rights under the law and immediate past president of the National Lawyers Guild, will speak to us about civil liberties in the internet age and the threat of fascism in America.

Named as a top civil rights attorney in the 2013 Birmingham Magazine poll, Mr. Gespass brings us a seasoned perspective on threats to our civil liberties.

Program Schedule

  • Meet & Greet 11:00
  • Covered Dish 12:00 (show off your culinary craft)
  • Program 1:00

December 15, 2013 - Richard Haynes

Alabama Freethought's next Lake Hypatia Speaker Series will be Sunday, December 15 at our Lake Hypatia Advance. Click here for a map to Lake Hypatia.

This month, we feature "Brother Richard" Haynes, coming to us from Atlanta GA. He was raised in a nonreligious home, ran away as a teenager and had a "born again" religious experience. He subsequently became an evangelist, received a degree in Biblical Studies and served as an associate minister to a 12,000-member Atlanta mega-church. In 1993, with their church engulfed in scandal, Richard, with his infant daughter and wife Angela, began their long and arduous journey to rationality and non-theism. Richard is now secularly ordained and has dedicated himself to building non-theist communities and encouraging others to "come out" of the atheist closet. He is President of Atheist Nexus International, the world's largest coalition of non-theists and non-theist communities, the Communications Director for Atheist Alliance of America, and maintains the blog "Brother Richard's Life Without Faith" at Patheos.com. He chronicles this journey for us in a "Hobbittesque" presentation entitled: There and Back Again.

Schedule:

11 am  - Meet & Greet
12 noon - Covered Dish
1 pm - Program Meeting

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November 17, 2013 - Mark Gooch

Alabama Freethought's next Potluck & Program gathering will be Sunday, November 17th at our Lake Hypatia Advance. Click here for a map to Lake Hypatia.

Our speaker will be Mark Gooch, commercial photographer from Birmingham, Al who has been honored by The National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The Alabama State Arts Council. He photographs people for advertising agencies, magazines and design firms throughout the U.S. Gooch works hard to achieve the fresh, informal images for which he has been known for 33 years, since 1980. Mark is a member of The Birmingham Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends also know as Quakers. As one of our country's oldest religions, Quakerism differs from other religions in a number of ways. (Not the least of these is the fact that agnostics are welcome in their meeting.) Mr. Gooch will speak about the origins, tenets and practices of the Society of Friends, as the Quakers call themselves, and entertain your questions. Do come and join the conversation!

Schedule:

11 am  - Meet & Greet
12 noon - Covered Dish
1 pm - Program Meeting

October 20, 2013 - Christy Johnson, journalist

Christy Johnson, a journalist for over 7 years and in her first role as an activist is the local organizer of the Birmingham, Ala. chapter of Restore the Fourth. She will speak to us about recent revelations concerning the National Security Agency and how much of our lives are being subjected to surveillance. Are these gross violations of privacy relative to the Fourth Amendment? Should we care? What can we do? Learn why Restore the Fourth believes our Fourth Amendment is being violated and how the privacy of "we the people" should be restored.

Join us for this dynamic topic and contribute to the synergy!

NOTE: THIS IS RACE WEEKEND SO ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR TRAVEL!!

Schedule:

11 am social hour
12 noon potluck lunch
1 pm program

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Freedom From Religion, Albuquerque

A chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation

ABQFreedom From Religion, Albuquerque (FFR-ABQ) is working to keep state and church separate and to educate the public about the views of non-theists. We are gradually "coming out of the closet," speaking truth to power as non-believers providing a balance to religious influences. We call ourselves "non-theists" or "free-thinkers," which means "a person who forms opinions about religion on the basis of reason, independently of tradition, authority, or established belief."

FFRF members in NM have elected four officers. Ron Herman is our Director, Cheryl Gatner Assistant Director, Jerrold Gilbert Secretary, and Jim Travis Treasurer. We are accepting donations to our billboard fund and for our quarterly Meet and Greet events with speakers and refreshments.

We already have some great activist projects. We meet once each month, and meeting topics so far have included the following:

  • Obtaining legal support for local violations of C/S
  • Billboard funding and placement (see photos)
  • Monitoring City and County Commission meetings
  • Protesting Metro Detention Center "God Pod"
  • Creating various brochures for FFR-ABQ
  • Ending religious graphics on the cover of the NM Bar Association newsletter
  • Ending creationism instruction in a public school
  • Competing with Hobby Lobby Christian Nation ads in the Albuquerque Journal
  • Constitution Day celebrations and advertisement, Sept. 17
  • Talk on Non-Believer Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans by the author, David Niose
  • Darwin Day celebrations and advertising, February 12
  • Christianity in New Mexico
  • Gay pride and equal rights tabling at PrideFest 2013
  • Talk on Born Atheist by the author, Tim Covell
  • Review of Catholic hospital "missionary" policies for women's healthcare.
  • Renewed efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment

We are part of the growing movement against the national god obsession! We might be fallen-away Catholics or former members of other religions, born atheists or agnostics, self-discovered free-thinkers, or doubting New-Agers. We welcome diversity.

Contact:
Ron Herman
505-292-4375
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June 16, 2013 - Shawn Young, Christian Agnostic

We often hear testimony of individuals who have left Evangelical Christianity or Roman Catholicism to become atheists. But rarely do we get to hear the story of those who have retained a share of their faith, yet moved it to a more "progressive" view. Dr. Young, who describes himself as a Christian agnostic, brings us one such story. His journey involves an evolving view of scripture and a general distrust of human language as an effective communication tool, especially when the language is centuries old, and/or is considered only in a logocentric approach (ignoring phonocentric considerations). 

Dr. Shawn Young is Director of Music Management Studies at Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia. 

Schedule:

11 am social hour
12 noon potluck lunch
1 pm program

May 19, 2013 - Lecia Brooks, Outreach Director, Southern Poverty Law Center

The praise (and applause) following Ms. Brooks's talk at the 2011 AFA Annual 4th of July Freethought Advance seemed unending. We are very pleased that she is willing to come back to Lake Hypatia and speak at our May 2013 meeting.  

Schedule:

11 am social hour
12 noon potluck lunch
1 pm program

April 21, 2013 - "Secular Student Alliance at University of Alabama at Birmingham " with Jon Paolone

Jon Paolone is the advisor for the Secular Student Alliance at UAB. 

The organization's website describes it as follows:

"The Secular Student Alliance at UAB is a sanctuary for people who, while they may not have religion or currently believe in any religion, consider themselves lucky enough to be living, breathing human beings with consciences and a personal state of mind."

Mr. Paolone hopes to have some students from the Alliance available to speak and answer questions. 

Schedule:

11 am social hour
12 noon potluck lunch
1 pm program

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