April 19 -- Turlock, California
April 17 -- Davis, California
Dan Barker will talk about "How to be good without God" at UC Davis on Thursday, April 17, at 6:30 pm. The event, sponsored by The Agnostic and Atheist Student Association at UC Davis (AGASA), will take place in Wellman Hall, Room 126 (One Shields Ave, Davis CA). Contact Fran Munton, [email protected], or [email protected]
April 11-12 — Madison, Wisconsin
Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker will participate in the 3rd Freethought Festival — hosted by Atheists, Agnostics, and Humanists (AHA) at UW-Madison — the weekend of April 11 & 12, 2014. Other speakers include Dan Savage, Hemant Mehta, Jamie Kilstein, Jay Rosenstein and Dale McGowan. The event is free. Register here. Contact Sam Erickson at [email protected]
April 8, Denver, Colorado
FFRF Metro Denver Chapter April Meeting
Tuesday April 8th at 6:30 PM
Secular Hub 3100 Downing #C, Denver, CO
"Sweat the Small Stuff: Why we must challenge every breach of Jefferson's wall, no matter how small"
Does it really matter if the President says "so help me god," in his oath of office? Is "in God we trust" worth fighting? Is challenging a nativity scene on public property important? Andrew Seidel argues, absolutely. The separation of state and church guaranteed by our First Amendment is one of the most important freedoms we have. We must defend the "wall of separation" against all incursions, even those that seem unimportant. Seidel will leave plenty of time for your most challenging questions.
ANDREW SEIDEL graduated cum laude from Tulane University with a B.S. in neuroscience and environmental science and magna cum laude from Tulane University Law School, where he was awarded the Haber J. McCarthy Award for excellence in environmental law. In May of 2011, Andrew completed his Master of Laws at Denver University Sturm College of Law with a 4.0 GPA and was awarded the Outstanding L.L.M. Award. He joined the FFRF staff as a constitutional consultant in November 2011.
For more information on this and other events email us at [email protected] or visit our Meet up site at www.meetup.com/FFRF-Denver
April 4–5, Lawrence, Kansas
Dan Barker will participate in ReasonFest at the University of Kansas the weekend of April 4 & 5. The event is sponsored and organized by the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics (http://kusoma.org/) Dan Barker is scheduled to speak Saturday morning, April 5, at 10:00 am in Woodruff Auditorium at the Kansas Union (1301 Jayhawk Blvd). Contact JT Eberhard at [email protected] for more information.
February 19 — Drake University
"Sweat the Small Stuff: Why we must challenge every breach of Jefferson's wall, no matter how small"
Wednesday, February 19, 7:30 PM on Cartwright Room 201 in the Drake Law School building
Does it really matter if the President says "so help me god," in his oath of office? Is "in God we trust" worth fighting? Is challenging a nativity scene on public property important. Andrew Seidel argues, absolutely. The separation of state and church guaranteed by our First Amendment is one of the most important freedoms we have. We must defend the "wall of separation" against all incursions, even those that seem unimportant. Seidel will leave plenty of time for your most challenging questions.
The talk is free.
February 12 — San Diego
DEBATE! "God: Supreme Being or Imaginary Friend?" FFRF's Dan Barker will debate Trent Horn (of Catholic Answers) on Wednesday, February 12, at 7:00 PM in the Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (5998 Alcalá Park, click HERE for directions) at the University of San Diego. Admission is Free. For more information, contact [email protected].
February 11 — San Diego
There will be a Wine and Hors D’oeuvres Reception for Dan Barker hosted by the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego on Tuesday, February 11, 6:30-8:00 PM at a private residence. Suggested Minimum Donation $30.00. Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/m6vtb5c. Please send any questions to Jim Eliason at [email protected]
February 10 — Couer d'Alene, Idaho
Dan Barker will talk about "Is The Bible a Good Moral Compass?" at North Idaho College, Couer d'Alene, on Monday, February 10, at 7:00 pm in Todd Hall in the Molstead Library (building 23 on campus map). The event is sponsored by the NIC Philosophy Club and the Secular Student Alliance. Contact David McKerracher at [email protected]
February 10 - UW-Parkside
FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott will be speaking at noon on Monday, February 10 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside as part of a forum series called, "Perspectives on Religious Issues.” My talk will be called: "Drop and give me 20 prayers. The problem of military religious endorsements and ’spiritual fitness’ programming.”
The presentation will be in CART 131 on the UW Parkside campus.
Directions from Madison: take i-94 south out of the Milwaukee area. Turn east on Highway E, follow E about 5 miles (past HWY 31) to Wood Road. Left (north) on Wood Road to a roundabout which leads (west) into the main entrance to the campus on Parkside Boulevard. Take your first left onto University Drive and follow this around to Avenue of the Arts. This avenue takes you into a major parking lot, which you may use in any open space. (No citations are given on Forum dates.) Enter the Rita Tallent Pickens Regional Center for Arts and Humanities building (CART).
February 9 — Spokane, Washington
Dan Barker will participate in an informal debate with Eric Cunningham, associate professor of History and Religious Studies at Gonzaga University, on Sunday, February 9 at 2:30 pm. The event will take place at Shari's of Spokane Valley Restaurant (320 N. Sullivan, Veradale, see map). If you wish to order a meal, arrive at 2:00 or earlier. Space is limited. The event is sponsored by the Inland Northwest Freethought Society. Contact chapter director Frank Bender for more details.
February 8 – Moscow, Idaho
Dan Barker will talk about "How Darwinism Helps us be Moral" at the University of Idaho, Moscow, on Saturday, February 8 at 6:30 pm, in the University of Idaho Admin Auditorium (851 Campus Dr). The annual Darwin on the Palouse event is sponsored by the Palouse Coalition of Reason, which includes Freethought Moscow, an affiliate of the Secular Student Alliance. Dan's talk will be preceded by a lecture by professor Abby Hafer - "Animals That Shouldn't Exist, According to Intelligent Design." Contact Steven Simmons at [email protected]. (See Darwin on the Palouse Facebook page.)
February 7 – Boise, Idaho
DEBATE! Dan Barker will debate Bill Pubols, the Executive Director of The Biblical Studies Center at Boise State, on the topic "Does God Exist?" at Boise State University on Friday, February 7, at 7:00 pm in the Simplot Ballroom (1700 W. University Dr.). Doors open at 6:30 pm. The event is organized by the Boise State Secular Student Alliance. Contact Jake Wolford at [email protected]
February 6 – Boise, Idaho
Dan Barker will talk about "Losing Faith in Faith" (his journey from preacher to atheist) on Thursday, February 6, at 8:00 pm at the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. (6200 N. Garrett, Garden City, Idaho) Doors open at 6:00, and the event begins with an "Evolution" lecture by Boise State faculty Janet Layne at 6:30. Dan will also perform a few freethought songs. The event is organized by the Boise State University Secular Student Alliance. Contact Jake Wolford at [email protected]
December 28 -- Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dan Barker, Co-President of FFRF, will be in Albuquerque to present "An Atheist Musical Holiday" sponsored by the Albuquerque chapter of FFRF on Saturday, December 28. This will be their quarterly Meet 'n Greet event in Botts Hall at the Special Collections Library (423 Central Ave. NE) at 1:00 p.m.
Dan promises to bring a little something for every freethinker. His music is fun and sometimes inspirational, but adapted to our skepticism and outright rejection of religions. This will be our Winter Solstice Meet'n Greet event, an opportunity to meet more freethinkers, atheists, and humanists and to hear the latest on hot topics like the FFRF response to church/state violations and church activism in public schools and government. Join us for snacks, music, and good conversation, too. We will premier our own video short and highlight our billboard campaign. There is no charge for this event, but donations are welcomed.
Joining FFR-ABQ as an official member (only $10) might be the most important thing you do in this time of increasing threats to freedom and prosperity from over-zealous religious leaders. Our nation is seriously divided - mostly over religion-based issues.
Contact Ron Herman at [email protected] or join their group at Meetup.com to learn more.
December 12 - Madison, Wisconsin
Enforcing State Church Separation
"An update on the Freedom From Religion Foundation's legal strategies for defending the separation of church and state, including several ongoing lawsuits challenging the preferential treatment of churches and ministers by the Internal Revenue Service."
When: Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Social Sciences Building, Room 6210
December 16 - Winter Solstice Celebration
Join us for a secular celebration of the winter solstice on Monday, December 16 at noon in the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda, 1st Floor.
We'll enjoy irreverent music by Dan Barker and Ken Lonnquist, cookies from our talented staff, good company and good cheer. Please bring non-perishable food items to donate to Second Harvest food bank. We will also be accepting donations made out to Second Harvest or the Women's Medical Fund.
We hope to see you on Monday!
December 8 -- Red Bank, New Jersey
Dan Barker will talk about the "Battle of Church and State" and the activities of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, to the Red Bank Humanists at the Red Bank Charter School Auditorium (58 Oakland Street, Red Bank NJ), on Sunday morning, December 8, at 10:30 am. Contact Trudy Lagan at [email protected]
December 7 -- Princeton, New Jersey
December 6 -- Lincroft, New Jersey
Dan Barker will lead a discussion about "Separation of Church & State and Human Rights" at Brookdale College on Friday, December 6, 5:00-8:00 p.m. in MAN 103. Food and drink to be provided! Contact Samantha Klaus at [email protected]
Sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance of Brookdale CC.
December 3 -- Chicago
The Freedom From Religion Foundation Metropolitan Chicago Chapter and the Secular Student Alliance of Loyola University invite you to explore the notion of the god of the Abrahamic religions from two differing points-of-view.
Please join us for a fascinating debate/discussion between Dan Barker, Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Dr. Bryan O'Neal, Professor and Dean of Faculty at the Moody Bible Institute.
This event will be moderated by Chicago Tribune Columnist Eric Zorn, and should make for an interesting and educational evening whether you are a person of belief, non-belief, or yet to be decided!
When: Tuesday, December 3rd 2013, 7:00 PM
Where: Kathleen Mullady Theater (Located in
Loyola University Lake Shore Campus
1125 W. Loyola Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
General Admission: $8.00
Student Admission: $5.00
Tickets may be purchased at the door, or online by going to:
($1.19 online service fee is applicable)
November 26 - Chicago
FFRF & Chicago-area Chapter Daley Plaza freethought display
Goes up Tuesday morning, Nov. 26
FFRF and the Metropolitan Chicago Chapter are erecting a unique freethought/atheist display in Daley Plaza, a public forum dominated by a nativity scene every December. Our display includes a red, 8 foot tall, lighted “A” (like the signature Dawkins “A” for atheist, agnostic), and a banner celebrating the Winter Solstice and the birth of the Bill of Rights (Dec. 15, 1791). The banner depicts 3 U.S. founders & the Statue of Liberty adoring the Bill of Rights in a manger. We'll put up these displays Tuesday morning, Nov. 26, in time for the annual Christkindlmarket Chicago. Come say “hi” Tuesday morning, watch for news coverage or visit thru the end of Dec. Look for us along Dearborn Street near the menorah and creche displays.
Sent by your friendly neighborhood atheists, FFRF, ffrf.org, [email protected], 608/256-8900. Chapter: www.ffrfmcc.org/
November 16 -- Mexico City
Dan Barker will talk for the Mexican Atheists (Ateos y Librepensadores Mexicanos Asociación Civil) on Saturday, November 16 at 7:00 pm in Mexico City. Details to follow. Contact Gerardo Romero Quijada at [email protected]
November 9 -- Houston, Texas
DEBATE! Dan Barker will debate John Mark Reynolds (of Houston Baptist University) in the Dunham Theater at the Morris Cultural Arts Center (7502 Fondren Road) at Houston Baptist University on Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 pm. The event is sponsored by the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Houston. (See the church's announcement.) There is no charge, but attendees MUST REGISTER for the event here. Contact Pastor Evan McClanahan at [email protected]
November 6 - Appleton, Wisconsin
Annie Laurie will be speaking at the Warch Campus Center, Lawrence University on Wednesday, Nov. 6, not on Wednesday Nov. 13. To celebrate Women's Empowerment Week, Annie Laurie Gaylor of FFRF has been invited by the Secular Student Alliance affiliate working with the school's Committee on Diversity Affairs at Lawrence University, near Appleton, to speak on "Women Without Superstition." She'll give a "power point" presentation based on the women freethinkers included in her anthology, "Women Without Superstition." The free event starts at 7:30 PM, in 711 East Boldt Way, Appleton Wis., Hurvis Room. FFRF Co-President Dan Barker will be in attendance, and Annie Laurie will set up a modest lit table.
October 21 - Raleigh, N.C.
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor will speak at the upcoming FFRF chapter event of the Triangle Freethought Society on: "Why 'Out' Is Not 'In' and What We Can Do About It" on Monday, October 21, at 6:30 PM, Founders Hall, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave., Raleigh NC 27607. More info on the chapter (if you're not already a member of both FFRF and its local chapter): http://www.trianglefreethoughtsociety.org/events/
September 10 -- Tallahassee, Florida
DEBATE! "Does God Exist?" Dan Barker will debate Bryan O'Neal (of the Moody Bible Institute) on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm. Moderator: Mark Hohmeister, associate editor at the Tallahassee Democrat. The event will take place at the IMAX Theatre of the Challenger Learning Center (200 S. Duval St.) in downtown Tallahassee. Tickets at the door are $8.00. Contact Gary Whittenberger at [email protected]
September 9 -- Jacksonville, Florida
Dan Barker will talk about “FREEDOM FROM RELIGION: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE” to the First Coast Freethought Society in Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday, September 9, at 6:30 pm. The event will take place at the Unitarian Church in Jacksonville (7405 Arlington Expressway). Contact Earl Coggins at [email protected]
September 8 -- Tallahassee, Florida
On Sunday, September 8, at 7:00 pm, Dan Barker will be honored at a nice dinner with the freethought leaders of Tallahassee and other guests at Georgio’s Restaurant (2971 Apalachee Parkway). Tickets are $25. Options: fish, chicken, beef, and vegetarian (see “Menu Choices for Dinner” below). A cash bar will be available to diners. Contact Gary Whittenberger at [email protected]
Meal Choices: Fish: Grilled crab stuffed Tilapia with lemon dill sauce. Chicken: Pan fried chicken breast scaloppini topped with fire roasted tomato sauce and parmesan cheese. Beef: Hand cut New York strip steak lightly seasoned and grilled to taste, topped with au jus. Vegetarian: Linguini with sauteed mushrooms, artichoke hearts, garlic, tomato, feta cheese, fresh herbs and scallion.
September 8 -- Tallahassee, Florida
Dan Barker will talk and perform freethought music for both morning services at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahasee (2810 N Meridian Road) on Sunday, September 8. For the 9:00 am service, he will talk about "The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Separation of Church and State." For the 11:15 am service he will talk about "My Transformation from Christian Evangelist to Atheist, and the Clergy Project." Contact Gary Whittenberger at [email protected]
September 18 -- Toronto, Ontario
Dan Barker will debate Dr. Sankara Baghavadpada on the question, "Is there a need for religion in an age of science?" on Wednesday, September 18, at 7:00 pm at the OISE Auditorium at the University of Toronto. Tickets are $10. For more info, contact Lakshmi Kumar at +1 647 887 3192 or [email protected]
The Blackout: Secular Rally NYC
It's the first outdoor Rally/Celebration that will predominantly feature nontheists of color! Join us to hear some great speakers and performances!
Scheduled appearances include:
*Victor Harris Jr.
Keynote Speaker: Jeremiah Camara!!!
Hosted by L.A. based comedian Steve Hill!!!
Admission is free and open to ALL!!!
VIP seating and food will be available.
Time: 12-6 pm
Location: Flushing Meadows Park
August 10 -- Minneapolis, Minnesota
Annie Laurie Gaylor will talk about "The Religious War Against Women" at the Minnesota/American Atheists regional conference on Saturday, August 10, at the Ramada Plaza. Registration required. See Minnesota Atheists Conference for details.
June 21-23 -- Las Vegas, Nevada
Dan Barker will perform a concert On Friday, June 21, and give a talk on Sunday, June 23, at the Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference (West). For details and registration, see https://www.secularstudents.org/2013con/vegas
May 11 -- Skokie, Illinois
Dan Barker and Jerry Dewitt, both former preachers who are now atheists, will talk about "Faithless: Moving Beyond Religion," at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago (7574 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, Illinois 60077), on Saturday, May 11 at 12:30 pm. Tickets are $8 online, $10 at the door. For more details, see Facebook Event Page or contact Louis LeJeune at [email protected]
June 29-30 -- Dublin, Ireland
Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker will participate in the "Empowering Women Through Secularism" conference in Dublin, Ireland, June 29 - 30.
September 20-22 -- Omaha, Nebraska
Dan Barker will participate in Apostacon. Details to follow . . .
May 4 -- Orlando, Florida
“Is there a God?" A discussion with Dan Barker and Imam Muhammad Musri. On Saturday, May 4, at 11:30 am, Dan Barker of the Freedom From Religion Foundation will have a public discussion with Imam Muhammad Musri of the Islamic Society of Central Florida at the University of Central Florida. The event, organized by the Central Florida Freethought Community (a chapter of FFRF) and the Secular Student Alliance at UCF (see their Facebook page), will take place in Room 221 CD in the Key West Ballroom in the Student Union (4000 Central Florida Boulevard, Building number 52). Free parking is available in Garage A, Garage I, and Lot H4 (map at http://ssaucf.com/events/ParkingFootpath.jpg). For more details see Facebook page or contact David Williamson at [email protected]
May 2 -- Orlando, Florida
The Central Florida Freethought Community (a chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation) will host a pizza party, not to celebrate the unconstitutional National Day of Prayer, but a National Day of Reason, on which day the chapter will have distributed freethought literature in 11 Orange County high schools. This distribution is a response to the fact that bibles were distributed in those same schools. The event will take place on Thursday, May 2, from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando (1901 East Robinson Street). FFRF's Dan Barker will be present at the event, as well as students representing a number of campus freethought clubs in the area. Contact CFFC president David Williamson at [email protected]
April 24 -- Appleton, Wisconsin
Dan Barker will debate Brian Young on "Creation or Evolution" on Wednesday afternoon, April 24, at 1:30 pm in the Bordoni Center, Room BC 103, at Fox Valley Technical College. (The college is at 1825 N Bluemound Dr. in Appleton. The Bordini Center is across the street – east – from the main campus). The event, organized by The Politically Incorrect Club, is free and open to the public. See web page about the event. For more details, contact Kurt Schrampfer at [email protected]
April 21 -- Sacramento, California
FOR FFRF MEMBERS ONLY. There will be a private brunch on Sunday, April 21, at 10:00 am in Old Sacramento for members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation interested in the newly formed Sacramento FFRF Chapter. See details here.
April 20 -- Sacramento, California
Dan Barker will talk about "Should Religion and Government be Separate?" at CSU Sacramento on Saturday, April 20, at 2:00 pm in Mendocino Hall 1005. (Mendocino Hall is at D2 on this map.) The event is sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance at Sac State and the newly formed Sacramento chapter of FFRF. Tickets are $12 online, and FREE with current student ID (At the door only. Subject to availability). Tickets may be purchased here. Contact Dan Pemberton at [email protected].