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in the atheist blogosphere. She is author of the new book "Coming Out
Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why," and of "Why Are
You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless," an Amazon
best-seller in the Atheism category. She writes regularly for Salon,
AlterNet, The Humanist, and Free Inquiry, and her writing has appeared in
numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including Ms., Skeptical
Inquirer, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the anthology Everything You Know
About God Is Wrong. She has been writing professionally since 1989, on
topics including sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics,
culture, and whatever crosses her mind. You can find her on Facebook, on
Twitter at @GretaChristina, and at Greta Christina's Blog on the
Freethought Blogs network.
Skepticon is an annual skeptic/freethinker/atheist/awesome conference that is held annually in Springfield, MO.
It is the mission of Skepticon to support, promote, and develop free-thought skeptic, and scientific communities through inclusive educational programming.
…which is really a fancy way of saying we all get together to share ideas, knowledge, and high fives.
Skepticon is also the largest FREE skeptic conference in the nation, and quite possibly the universe*. We accomplish this through a small team of dedicated workers, the help of a great many amazing volunteers, and of course–the support of people like you!
We also enforce a harassment policy as it’s important to Skepticon that any and everyone feel welcome.
*we have PZ Myers working on verifying this
The Myth Understood Alliance is an official sponsor of Skepticon 6
Piedmont Humanists and Upstate Atheists are proud to be hosting this year’s Mythmas Party! Mythmas is our way of getting together and celebrating the season full of elaborate myths. We are inviting members of secular groups all over the Southeast, but everyone is invited to attend. We welcome you to join us at the Cleveland Park Event Center December, 23rd in Spartanburg, South Carolina from 7:00 p.m. until midnight. There will be a DJ and dance floor. Guests must be 18 to attend and 21 to drink. PLUS tickets are available for guests staying at the Spartanburg Marriott or the Holiday Inn. Your photo ID will be used as your admission. Please make sure you use your name as it appears on your identification when purchasing your reservation. All guests will be required to show their identification upon entering. All reservations must be made prior to December 20th, 2013. Ticket prices will increase beginning December 16th, 2013.
RSVP now! http://upstateatheists.org/mythmas/
Sponsors of Mythmas 2013
Atheists on Air Podcast
CECIL BOTHWELL Presents New Novel
Start: 07/05/2013 7:00 pm
Perennially energetic local writer, politician, and community advocate Cecil Bothwell shares his latest novel, She Walks on Water. Bothwell's tells the story of a young woman in Haiti and a young man in Japan and their strange and vast connection that begins with an earthquake.
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Coming Soon... A Coalition
Spring Picnic with special guests Roy Speckhardt and Maggie Ardiente
Sunday, May 5th
Recreation Park Pool, Shelter #3
66 Gashes Creek Road
Roy Speckhardt is executive director of the American Humanist Association where he actively promotes the humanist perspective on progressive political issues. He’s appeared on CNN Headline News, Fox News, numerous national radio shows, and has spoken to dozens of local humanist groups across the country.
Speckhardt also serves as a board member of the Humanist Institute and the United Coalition of Reason and as an advisory board member of the Secular Student Alliance. He holds an M.B.A. from George Mason University and a B.A. in sociology from Mary Washington College.
Maggie Ardiente is the director of development and communications at the American Humanist Association and editor of the AHA's weekly e-zine Humanist Network News.
She graduated with a B.S. in sociology from James Madison University and served as Vice President of the JMU Freethinkers, a student group for atheists, agnostics, and humanists.
She is a former board member of the Secular Student Alliance and a graduate (Class 15) and board member of The Humanist Institute.
Accentuate the Positive with Suzanne Paul
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Jefferson House, Universal Unitarian Church of Asheville
Rev. Suzanne Paul, Humanist Leader/Minister, is a past president of the American Humanist Association. She has served Unitarian Universalist congregations for twenty-five years in the Detroit metropolitan area and founded New Hope UU Congregation in 2006. She has worked extensively as a consultant to humanist and non-humanist groups in the areas of community building and conflict resolution. She currently serves on the board of the AHA Endowment and the Society for Humanistic Judaism.
A.C. Grayling April 5th, 7 pm @ Malaprops
Coming in February author Luis Granados!
Luis Granados Delivers "Damned Good Company: Twenty Rebels Who Bucked the God Experts" The power that comes from religious authority has been at the center of all human societies from time immemorial–but those claims of sovereignty have been disputed for just as long. In Damned Good Company: Twenty Rebels Who Bucked the God Experts, author Luis Granados explores twenty cases, from Socrates to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, of brave challenges against those claiming a special authority from God. Damned Good Company is a book about people, not about God. People who have preached about God, taken money for sharing what they say they know about God, and ordered others about to enforce what they claim to be God’s will–and a small band of heroes who stood up to them.
In short, Damned Good Company is a Profiles in Courage for humanists.
Granados publishes a monthly article relating a current headline to an
episode from religious history, demonstrating how little things change from
religion to religion, from century to century. These articles are carried by
Secular News Daily and Rant & Reason, the blog of the American Humanist
Association, as well as on his personal website, www.luisgranados.com.
Longer magazine articles on religious history have appeared in Secular
Nation, Free Inquiry and Humanist magazines.
He is the director of Humanist Press and practices law only part-time in order to put more effort
into the study of the scandals of organized religion. Granados was also the ebook editor of
Candidate Without a Prayer by Herb Silverman.
In March get ready for the WNC Coalition with United CoR
David Niose, president of the AHA
Friday, November 30, 2012
55 Haywood Street • Asheville, North Carolina 28801
David Niose has served since 2009 as president of the American Humanist Association (AHA).
Niose advocates for an identity-oriented approach to secular activism to raise awareness of the secular demographic in American society. Using the LGBT movement as a model, Niose argues that by “coming out” and asserting rights as a minority group, nonbelievers can similarly gain acceptance. Critical of the Religious Right, Niose argues progressive policy goals will be difficult or impossible to attain without the secular demographic in America asserting itself.
When Niose joined the AHA board of directors in 2005, he helped initiate and launch a national advertising campaign promoting humanism. The campaign included a series of full-page ads in several national magazines. Niose has overseen several more major advertising campaigns since that time which have included national television, radio, billboards, and public transit. These efforts have since been replicated by other secular groups.
Niose, an attorney, also developed and implemented a legal strategy that emphasizes the concept of equal rights and nondiscrimination rather than the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause in cases protecting religious minorities.
Since 2011, Niose has written on humanist and secular issues for Psychology Today.
Niose is the author of "Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans".
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