Panel Discussion at DCCC

Some exciting news:

I have been invited to be a panel member for a discussion happening sometime in Nov. or Dec. 2008 at the Delaware County Community college.
A professor of comparative religions there was 

Atheist Campus Group Denied Recognition

We know of dozens of stories like this.  If you have a similar story to report.  Post it in the comments.

Posted by August Brunsman at the SSA on Sat, 2008-02-02.

This post originally appeard on Hemant Mehta's blog  Hemant is the chair of the board of directors of the Secular Student Alliance. 

Anatoly is vice-president of a campus atheist group that meets at Wilfrid Laurier University, a public school in
Ontario, Canada. The goal of the “Laurier Freethought Alliance” (LFA) is: “to promote science, freedom of inquiry, skepticism, and a good life without the need for superstition or religious belief.”

Sounds reasonable, no?

Atheist officer resigns from military

Wayne Adkins(atheist) case of Army Discrimination: FULL STORY FROM WAYNE HERE

Here are some snippets of what Wayne writes, you can view the pictures at his page.

Michael Shermer visits FSGP video is in

The video is in from Dr. Shermer's recent visit to the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia.

The Mind of the Market:

Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Lessons from Evolutionary Economics


Catholic Mother YELLS at son who tells her he's atheist. <explicit language>

I took the time to transcribe this disgusting aspect of religion, and how it divides families (scroll down):

Mother: You're an atheist. Give me a fuckin' break Michael. Alright, you know what? We need to start going to church every week, I've had it with this.

Michael: I don't believe in God.

Mother: Bullshit. You got yourself confirmed. And you said to the bishop!

Michael: Yeah, a lot can happen, you can think.

<mom interrupts loudly>

Mother: Oh a lot can happen! All of the sudden you can just quit believing in God!?!?

Michael: Yeah <still rather calm>

Mother: All of a sudden! There is no God! <we took a little grammar liberty here>

Michael: Yeah.

AAI 2007 DVDs available

AAI PRESS RELEASE: November 19, 2007

2007 Crystal Clear Atheism DVD collection Now Available

AAI is pleased to offer for sale a beautiful 2007 Crystal Clear Atheism DVD collection. The full set consists of eight individual DVDs which include workshop presentations and a convention highlights disk. Those additional disks can NOT BE FOUND ANYWHERE OTHER than through this exclusive AAI offer! The DVD collection is presented in a keepsake binder with original Gary Smith artwork on the cover. The cost of the full eight DVD set is $80.

Featured convention speakers listed below are available on individually mastered disks for optimum digital quality! The individual speaker's disks are available at $10 each. Single disks are available for:

  • Christopher Hitchens
  • Daniel Dennett
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Richard Dawkins
  • Sam Harris

Also available on a single disk are the following combined plenary presentations:

Tree of Knowledge vandalism

Well, a very interesting thing happened today.

While Margaret has been trying to get in touch with the tree company for the past few days to arrange a time for them to take down the Tree of Knowledge and schedule that occurrence so we could remove the ornaments first, today the tree company took it down without telling us that they were planning to do so.

Thanks to the alert from member Staks Rosch, who had happened to be driving by and saw them cutting down the tree, who called member Shaun McGonigal, who then called me, we were fortunate and were able to reach the tree company before they disposed of our display in its entirety. I'm not sure if that's what they were planning, but we most likely would have lost the ornaments, which we plan to use again next year.

Upon hearing the alarming news of the tree being taken down without our knowledge (an interesting irony), I called Margaret who called the tree company right away. I left work and went to the Courthouse to see if the disassembly was still in process.

Decorated holiday tree is vandalized four times

The tree of knowledge has had some attacks recently.

The vandals first struck on Dec. 2 or 3, after the ornamented tree had been raised on Dec. 1 at the Chester County Courthouse lawn.

By Dec. 30, there had been four attacks against the Tree of Knowledge, a 22-foot evergreen sponsored by the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia.

Margaret Downey, immediate past president of the society, has defined the organization as "welcoming to agnostics, atheists, humanists, skeptics, rationalists of all kinds."

The attacks are ironic because the tree was meant to "declare a war on intolerance," said Downey, asserting that she had reported each incident to both the West Chester Police Department and the Chester County Office of the Sheriff, which provides security at the courthouse.

West Chester Police Chief Scott Bohn said Thursday that there had been no arrests and no suspects.

The tree shares the lawn with a creche sponsored by the Pennsylvania Pastors Network, a menorah sponsored by Chabad of Chester County and a tree sponsored by the West Chester Chamber of Commerce.

Jeremy Hall threatened in military, because he's an atheist.

Soldier Who Sued Army Facing Threats

Source: Military Religious Freedom

By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Report
Friday 21 September 2007

An Army specialist stationed in Iraq said he has been repeatedly threatened by other US soldiers after word spread that he sued the secretary of defense and an Army major this week for allegedly retaliating against the soldier when he convened a meeting of atheists, according to the founder of a military watchdog organization that filed the lawsuit on behalf of the soldier and has been in close contact with him since then.

Vandals egg house of local atheist

Published: 9/23/2007 3:00 AM

Source: Daily Herald

The home of a local outspoken atheist was vandalized overnight Friday, police said -- with eggs tossed at the house and cars, and crosses and religious words scrawled in chalk on the driveway.

A church bulletin also was stuck on the front door.

The incident comes days after Rob Sherman's daughter, Dawn, led a successful effort to have the song "God Bless America" yanked from Buffalo Grove High School's homecoming celebration. Dawn Sherman is a freshman on the student council.

The vandalism likely was the retaliatory work of youngsters, police Sgt. Mike Millett said -- since it came on the heels of the school incident and because one of the chalked words, "Jesus," was misspelled.

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