September 18 - Fargo, North Dakota
Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor will speak at the "Project 42": 2010 Valley Freethought Convention at the Civic Center in Fargo, North Dakota. This first-ever freethought conference in the Fargo-Moorhead area is hosted by the Red River Freethinkers. For more details, contact info-AT-redriverfreethinkers-DOT-org.
May 16 -- Rally in Austin, Texas
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is co-sponsoring a rally, "Texans for Truthful Textbooks," against the religious-right revisions of textbook and curriculum changes by the Texas State Board of Education in Austin, Texas, on the steps of the Texas state capitol. The event, which is co-sponsored and organized by a coalition of other freethinking groups, takes place on Sunday, May 16, starting at 11:00 a.m. Signs/placards are encouraged, and if you attend please take high-resolution pictures for possible publication in Freethought Today (send them to [email protected]). For more details of events on the day of the rally, visit atheists.org. For more information, e-mail Kathleen Johnson at [email protected].
Note: The Texas Freedom Network is also hosting a rally on May 19, at 1 p.m., at the Texas Education Agency (1701 Congress Ave., Austin). Bring your FFRF signs and placards to protest the Texas State Board of Education's religious revisions of history. Take high-resolution pictures and send them to us for possible publication in Freethought Today ([email protected]). For more information about the TFN rally, contact Val at [email protected]
MAY 15 -- Santa Barbara, California
Dan Barker will give a presentation at the 15th Anniversary Celebration of the Humanist Society of Santa Barbara on Saturday, May 15, 2010. The event, which requires registration, will take place at the Holiday Inn, 5650 Calle Real, Goleta. For more details, contact Richard Cousineau at [email protected] or Roger Schlueter at [email protected].
May 14 -- San Luis Obispo, California
Dan Barker will talk about "Let's Call the Whole thing off" (FFRF's National Day of Prayer victory) on Friday, May 14 at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The event, sponsored by Cal Poly Brights (Facebook page), will take place at 4:00 pm in Building 52 - Science, Room B05. For more details, contact Nicholas Utschig at [email protected].
May 13 -- Santa Barbara, California
Dan Barker will talk about "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off" (FFRF's National Day of Prayer victory) at the University of California, Santa Barbara on Thursday, May 13, at 7:30 pm in Life Sciences, Room 1001. The event is sponsored by SURE UCSB Skeptics. For more details, contact Sam Moss at [email protected].
May 12 -- Irvine, California
May 6 -- Madison, Wis
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is hosting the first-ever "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" anti-National Day of Prayer rally, Thursday May 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in Madison, Wis., at the Wisconsin State Capitol, State Street entrance. (The event will take place at the same time as a National Day of Prayer Christian prayer service at the opposite corner of the Capitol.)
Along with short speeches will be irreverent songs at the keyboard by Foundation Co-President Dan Barker, including "Nothing Fails Like Prayer" and "Battle of Church and State." Needless to say, there will be no moment of silence, but the group promises a tongue-in-cheek "moment of bedlam" instead — and lots of applause for Judge Barbara Crabb's ruling. Speakers will include FFRF co-presidents and staffers, Progressive editor Matt Rothschild, Prof. James Coors and others.
FFRF members have been busily organizing other anti-National Day of Prayer events (taking place on Thursday, May 6) around the country. Some of these include:
- St. Paul, Minn: Minnesota Atheists is sponsoring the Atheist "Day of Reason" celebration at the State Capitol, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. For more information, contact August Berkshire at [email protected]
- Raleigh, NC: The Triangle Freethought Society is sponsoring a vigil to promote a National Day of Reason, at noon across from the NC State Capitol (on E. Edenton Street). For more information, contact Mark Zumbach at [email protected]
- Oklahoma City, Okla: A group of local freethinkers will be gathering to protest the National Day of Prayer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Capitol Building, on the south side of the Capitol Building parking lot (not to be confused with NDP events closer to the building). For more information, contact James at 405-843-3651
- San Antonio, Texas: The Freethinkers Association of Central Texas (FACT) is heading a protest of NDP events at noon on the steps of City Hall in San Antonio (100 Military Plaza). Bring protest signs. For more information, contact Sally at 210-656-3796 or [email protected]
April 24 -- Cleveland, Ohio
Dan Barker will talk about "How to be good without God" at Cleveland State University on Saturday, April 24 at 6:00 pm in Nance College of Business (1860 Euclid Ave.) room 118. The event is sposored by the CSU Non-Prophets. For more details see their April 24 Event page. Contact Bryan Pesta at [email protected]
April 22 -- Eastern Kentucky University
Dan Barker will talk at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, on Thursday, April 22, at 6:30 pm in the EKU Library Room 108. The event is sponsored by the Secular Coalition at EKU. For more details, see the group's Facebook page for the event, or contact Sebastian Hidalgo at [email protected].
April 23 -- Cleveland, Ohio
Dan Barker will give a talk about "Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists," at Case Western Reserve University on Friday, April 23 at 7:00 pm. The event, sponsored by the Case Center For Inquiry (Facebook page), a student group, will take place in Wickenden 322 (10900 Euclid Ave, enter on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.). For more information, contact group president Andrew Schriver at [email protected].
APRIL 21 -- DEBATE! Lynchburg, Virginia
Foundation Co-President Dan Barker will debate Mat Staver, Dean of Liberty School of Law, on the topic "The Ten Commandments Apply to Law and Government Today," at 2:15 pm at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. The "Law and Religion" event, which will take place in the Supreme Courtroom, is sponsored by the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies at Liberty Law School. For more details, contact Federalist Society officers Jason Heinen, (920) 851-6045, [email protected] or Paul Broderson [email protected].
April 5 — Madison, New Jersey
Dan Barker will talk about "Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists" on Monday, April 5, at 8:00 pm in the Thomas Ferguson Recreation Center at Fairleigh Dickinson University (College of Florham) in Madison, New Jersey. The event is sponsored by the Secular Alliance at FDU, a campus group that is part of the national Secular Student Alliance. For more details, contact Secular Alliance president Ashley Tury at [email protected]
APRIL 3 -- Newark, New Jersey.
March 26 -- Wayne, New Jersey
Dan Barker will talk about "Meaning, Morality, and Nonbelief" at William Paterson University on Friday, March 26, at 6:00 pm in the Multi Purpose Room of the University Commons. The event, sponsored by the Society of American Youth Secularists (Facebook page), a student group associated with the Secular Student Alliance, is part of the university's "World Religions & Spirituality Week." For more details, contact Elena Johnston at [email protected]
March 15 - Wollongong, Australia
Dan Barker will debate Dr. Greg Clarke on the topic "Is Christianity the one true faith?" at 5:30 pm at the University of Wollongong. For more details contact Macquarie Atheists.
MARCH 12-14 -- Melbourne, Australia
Dan Barker will speak at the "Rise of Atheism" Atheist Global Convention in Melbourne, Australia, the weekend of March 12-14, 2010. The event is sponsored by the Atheist Foundation of Australia and the Atheist Alliance International.
Dan's campus events in Australia are in affiliation with the Secular Student Alliance.
March 11 - Bundeena, NSW, Australia
Dan Barker will talk on "Godless: From Evangelical Preacher to Atheist" at a dinner talk at 7:30 pm in Bundeena, NSW. For more details contact Macquarie Atheists.
Feb. 21 - Alabama Freethought Association Monthly Meeting
Alabama Freethought Association has a monthly meeting planned on Feb. 21, 2010.
Social hour: 11am - noon
Shared Covered Dish: noon
Program: 1pm - Bob Collins
Discussion and announcements follow.
London, England, November 25 - 29, 2009
Dan Barker will participate in a number of events in London:
- Wednesday, November 25: Central London Humanists, 6:30 pm at the Somerstown Coffeehouse (60 Chalton Street) [NOTE: the event might be moved to the University of London Chancellor's Room.]. Contact Josh Kutchinsky at [email protected].
- Saturday, November 28: Debate - "Can you be good without God?" at Kings College [NOTE: venue may change], Saturday, November 28, 6:30 pm, organized by King's College Islamic Society.
- Sunday, November 29, 3:00 pm: Dan will talk to the South Place Ethical Society, at Conway Hall (25 Red Lion Square, London WC1). Contact Norman Bacrac at [email protected].
- Sunday, November 29: [Not confirmed] "Should religion be separated from the state?" debate with Abdullah al Andalusi, director of the Muslim Debate Initiative, 6:15pm. Location to be announced.
- Monday, November 30, 6:30 p.m: Dan Barker will debate Adam Deen on the topic "Is God a Delusion?" at Kings College, Monday, November 30, 6:30 pm, organized by King's College Islamic Society.
More details to follow...
November 6-8, Seattle, Washington
Freedom From Religion Foundation national convention. See above.
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, October 24
Dan Barker will represent atheism and humanism at the 29th World Religions Conference in the Humanities Theatre, J.G. Hagey Hall, at the University of Waterloo on Saturday, October 24, 2009. This year's theme is "Is God Relevant in Today's World?"
(Although atheism is not a religion, the organizers assure us that the event is for "world religions and philosophies." Dan participated in the 25th World Religions Conference in 2005, where atheism was welcome at the table with the religious representatives.)
Dan's participation is sponsored by the Society of Ontario Freethinkers.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 22
Plano, Texas, November 19
November 18, Arlington, Texas
Dan Barker will talk to the Freethinkers of UTA at the University of Texas-Arlington. Contact Becky Robinson at [email protected] Details to follow.