FFRF chapters are created for the purpose of providing local activities for area FFRF members, as well as to further FFRF's purposes of educating about nontheism and protecting the separation between church and state at the local level. Under FFRF bylaws, all members of FFRF chapters must be members of the national Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF rebates dues to chapters, so your national membership supports local chapter work. If you are not already a member of the national Foundation, join here.
• Alabama Freethought Association
PO Box 571
Talladega AL 35161
• Freedom From Religion, Albuquerque
• Central Florida Freethought Community
PO Box 621123
Oviedo, FL 32762
• Colorado Springs Chapter
PO Box 1051
Colorado Springs CO 80901-1051
• Denver Chapter FFRF
• FFRF Kentucky
PO Box 6171
Louisville, KY 40241
• FFRF Metropolitan Chicago Chapter (FFRFMCC)
P.O. Box 480283
Niles, IL 60714
• FFRF Portland (OR) Area
2435 NE 22nd Avenue
Portland OR 97212
• Freethought Association of Northern Michigan (FANM)
PO Box 72
Petoskey MI 49770
Meetings: Second Sunday of each month at 1:00 p.m.
Meeting Location: Friendship Center, 1322 Anderson Road, Petoskey, Michigan.
• Greater Sacramento Chapter of FFRF
PO Box 2883
Rocklin CA 95677-8464
• Inland Northwest Freethought Society
(Northern Idaha and Eastern Washington)
3526 S Bates Rd
Spokane WA 99206
• Lake Superior Freethinkers
2931 Greysolon Road
Duluth MN 55812
• Northern Ohio Freethought Society (Cleveland)
P.O. Box 16671
Rocky River, OH 44116
• Triangle Freethought Society
Harry Shaughnessy, President
P.O. Box 4491
Cary, NC 27519
• Valley of the Sun Chapter (Phoenix area) of FFRF
PO Box 4401
Scottsdale, AZ 85261-4401
May 20, 2012 - "2012: Doom or Dumb" with Sharon Carruthers
Ms. Carruthers is an officer in the Atlanta Astronomy Club. In her talk, she will detail various doomsday scenarios that have been divined from observation of the stars and planets. In an effort to help us smoke out the flaws in these scenarios, Ms. Carruthers will introduce us to the "Seven Signs of Bogus Science".
11:00 am Social hour
12:00 noon Potluck lunch
1:00 pm Program
Do you want more information about us? Need directions to attend a meeting at Lake Hypatia? Would you like to be on our mailing list? The Alabama Freethought Association, Inc. wants to hear from you!
By US mail:
Alabama Freethought Association, Inc.
PO Box 571
Talladega, AL 35161
Fax: +1 (256) 761-1105
BEAUTIFUL LAKE HYPATIA
The Lake Hypatia Freethought Conference Center is located near Talladega, Alabama, and is the culmination of the lifelong dream of Pat, Roger and Melody Cleveland. Read the story of how Lake Hypatia and the first Hypatia Freethought Advance came about.
Lake Hypatia is named for Hypatia, a 5th century mathematician at the world-famous Library of Alexandria, who was martyred for her commitment to reason and education.
The Lake Hypatia Conference Center adjoins the Cheaha National Forest, and serves as the meeting place for regular gatherings of the Alabama Freethought Association, Inc., special occasions such as the annual July Celebration and nature hikes for school and other groups.
Atheists in Foxholes
The Alabama Freethought Association, Inc.'s "Atheists in Foxholes" monument honors Atheists who served in the Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force. It consists of a 6 foot high granite obelisk, flying U.S. flags from an urn on the top. Each face of the obelisk contains a medallion honoring one or two branches of the service.
Next time anyone tells you "There are no atheists in foxholes", send them here.
Pavilion on Lake Hypatia
Willa Mae Whatley Auditorium
About Willa Mae Whatley
Alabama Freethought Association
An affiliate of the Freedom From Religion Foundation
Patricia Cleveland, Director
It is with great sadness that the Alabama Freethought Association and FFRF announce the death of founding member Roger Cleveland after a protracted illness. Our hearts go out to family, including Patricia Cleveland, his wife, and Alice Cleveland, his sister. May their hearts find peace with this great loss.
Our goals: To educate the public on non-theism and protect the First Amendment - Separation of Religion from Government.
Alabama Freethought Association, Inc. is a local chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. We are a non-religious community who are committed to living our lives free from superstition, dogma and mysticism. By definition, a freethinker is one who forms opinions about religion, independently of tradition, authority or established belief, in favor of rational inquiry.
Our members are composed of Agnostics, Atheists, Secular minded people, a few Jefferson type Deists still searching for answers and come from all walks of life. The common thread we all share is the right to believe what we choose, uphold the constitutional principles of separation between government & religion, and embracing the philosophical concepts of humanism with tolerance towards others.
Living in the current "God Frenzy" era, that has been creeping up on us since the mid-1950s and accelerated by 9-11, it is most difficult to display tolerance toward others, when they are attempting to annihilate us with their own religious agenda. This is especially true here in the Bible Belt, where Christian Fundamentalism dominates and the political hand-holding with religion severely violates our Constitution and First Amendment. Thus we do battle through educating the public with letters to the editors and our representatives, working with other like minded organizations who share our philosophies, and legally taking appropriate action to preserve our rights.
Every year many freethinkers get together at beautiful Lake Hypatia, Alabama for a fun filled Fourth of July Weekend! The event, held in FFRF’s air-conditioned southern Freethought Hall, includes two and a half days of speakers, recreation — hikes, poetry reading and the “atheist vs. agnostic” softball tournament — and an appreciation ceremony for freethinking veterans at the Atheists in Foxholes monument at Lake Hypatia. The Atheists in Foxholes monument is dedicated to the many members of the military who were “atheists in foxholes,” as well as to all freethinkers (atheists, agnostics, and skeptics of any persuasion) who serve in the U.S. military.
If you are a freethinker and are ready to live the rational life, please come join us at beautiful Lake Hypatia. Our meetings are held the third Sunday of each month, starting with Social hour at 11 AM, Covered Dish Lunch at noon and Speaker at 1 PM. Afterwards, folks continue to socialize, take walks, fish or paddle boat around the 12 acre lake. You are welcome as a guest with no prerequisite to become a member. For more information, contact the Alabama Freethought Association.
Board of Directors
Chair: Pat Cleveland
Vice Chair: Hal Webre
Secretary: Laurie Webre
Historian: Alice Cleveland
The Alabama Freethought Association, Inc.
Roger Cleveland began his pursuit to find other freethinkers in Alabama and the rest of the South in August of 1988. Eventually, Roger communicated with Dan Barker, Public Relations Director of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. With Dan's help, Roger was able to contact other southern freethinkers and began to form what is now the Alabama Freethought Association, Inc..
The first meeting of the founding group was in February, 1989. In March, 1989, a formal meeting was held in Birmingham with freethinkers from all reaches of the state of Alabama. In June, 1989, the group was recognized as a chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The new chapter elected officers and formed its bylaws, deciding not to charge membership dues but instead to be supported by individual contributions.
The chapter has sponsored media appearances of its director and other officers. It has purchased advertisements in newspapers in Alabama to gain publicity and because of members' activism, the Alabama Freethought Association, Inc. has gained state and national attention.
AFA membership is open to anyone that is a dues paying member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. For more information on the AFA, please contact us.