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  • Humanists of North Alabama News! 2016-07-11

    Humanists of North Alabama News! 2016-07-11

    Food for thought:
    “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” Cesar Chavez

     

    Upcoming events:

    • Sunday, July 17: 2:00 – 3:30 pm: Monthly meeting at Huntsville Public Library on Monroe Street in Huntsville, room A/B (to the right of the lobby). Enjoy light snacks.
      Discussion of current events (of which there are many).

     

    • Monday, July 25, 6:00-7:30pm: Philosophy Café. Open discussion on philosophical topics continues on the fourth Monday of each month in the upstairs room of “A Cup of Everything” at 103 Northside Square. An assortment of sandwiches, snacks and beverages are available for purchase (and to lubricate discussion). New faces are always welcome!
    • Sunday, August 14: 2:00- 4:00 pm: Non-Fiction Readers Book Discussion Group, is now meeting on the 2nd Sunday of each month New discussion participants always welcomed! Please join us at the Huntsville Public Library on Monroe Street in Huntsville, room A/B (to the right of the lobby).  The July selection will be E. O. Wilson’s 2015 book, “The Meaning of Human Existence.”

     

    We have created the Humanists of North Alabama discussion group as a closed group to talk about Humanism in Alabama. Let us know if you’d like an invite.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/876732872431530/

    Our events can be found

    • on our Meetup group:

    http://www.meetup.com/Humanists-of-North-Alabama-Meetup/

     

    Other community events:

    NAFA: North Alabama Freethought Association:
    (see their Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/thenafa/ for changes and cancellations)

     

    • 3rd Friday of each month at 6:30 PM – NAFA dinner (location varies)
    • Every Saturday at 10:00 am to noon – Coffee at Angel’s Island Coffee, 7538 Memorial Pkwy SW, Huntsville, AL
    • Every Sunday at 10:00 am to noon – Coffee at Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery, 347 Hughes Rd, Madison, AL

     

     

    MAAF Redstone (Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers) affiliate group

    • MAAF Redstone is for active duty military, veterans, spouses and supportive civilians. Join the conversation on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/MAAF-Redstone-Meetup/ or join the closed group on MAAF Redstone Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/305467142954231/

     

    If you received this email from a friend and want to be added to the distribution list, send an email to me at louise.hardin@gmail.com.

     

    Suggestions for events, meeting venues, topics are always welcome!

     

    Humanists of North Alabama is an official Chapter of the American Humanist Association.  Membership in the AHA is strongly encouraged!

    Louise Hardin

    256-683-8026

  • Humanists of North Alabama News! 2016-06-10

    Humanists of North Alabama News! 2016-06-10

    Food for thought:
    “With the capacity to represent the world in signs and symbols comes the capacity to change it, which, as it happens, is also the capacity to destroy it. A tiny set of genetic variations divides us from the Neanderthals, but that has made all the difference.” ― Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

    Upcoming events:

    • Sunday, June 12: 2:00- 4:00 pm: Non-Fiction Readers Book Discussion Group, is now meeting on the 2nd Sunday of each month New discussion participants always welcomed! Please join us at the Huntsville Public Library on Monroe Street in Huntsville, room A/B (to the right of the lobby).  The June book selection is “The Sixth Extinction:  An Unnatural History” by Elizabeth Kolbert.  The book won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in general non-fiction.
      • From Rose: We will discuss Chapters I through VIII on June 12, and Chapters IX through XIII, and the Key Take Away points on July 10. It is a beautifully written book in great detail, and I do not want to condense it into general talking points without covering the material as presented.

     

    • Sunday, June 19: 2:00 – 3:30 pm: Monthly meeting at Huntsville Public Library on Monroe Street in Huntsville, room A/B (to the right of the lobby). Enjoy light snacks.
      Discussion of current cultural events

     

    • Monday, June 27, 6:00-7:30pm: Philosophy Café. Open discussion on philosophical topics continues on the fourth Monday of each month in the upstairs room of “A Cup of Everything” at 103 Northside Square. An assortment of sandwiches, snacks and beverages are available for purchase (and to lubricate discussion). New faces are always welcome!

     

    • Saturday, June 18th: Rocket City Pride at Historic Huntsville Depot on Church Street. Parade line up is at 10:00 am. This is a family-friendly event (including the pets), with food trucks and entertainment. (We will not have a table at this event – feel free to join the parade with NAFA or any other group)

     

    Our events can be found

    • on our Meetup group:

    http://www.meetup.com/Humanists-of-North-Alabama-Meetup/

     

     

    Other community events:

    NAFA: North Alabama Freethought Association:
    (see their Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/thenafa/ for changes and cancellations)

     

    • 3rd Friday of each month at 6:30 PM – NAFA dinner (location varies)
    • Every Saturday at 10:00 am to noon – Coffee at Angel’s Island Coffee, 7538 Memorial Pkwy SW, Huntsville, AL
    • Every Sunday at 10:00 am to noon – Coffee at Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery, 347 Hughes Rd, Madison, AL

     

    MAAF Redstone (Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers) affiliate group

    • MAAF Redstone is for active duty military, veterans, spouses and supportive civilians. Join the conversation on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/MAAF-Redstone-Meetup/ or join the closed group on MAAF Redstone Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/305467142954231/

    If you received this email from a friend and want to be added to the distribution list, send an email to me at louise.hardin@gmail.com.

    Suggestions for events, meeting venues, topics are always welcome!

    Humanists of North Alabama is an official Chapter of the American Humanist Association.  Membership in the AHA is strongly encouraged!

    Louise Hardin
    256-683-8026

  • Humanists of North Alabama News! 2016-05-10

    Food for thought:
    “Between persons of equal income there is no social distinction except the distinction of merit. Money is nothing: character, conduct, and capacity are everything. There would be great people and ordinary people and little people, but the great would always be those who had done great things, and never the idiots whose mothers had spoiled them and whose fathers had left them a hundred thousand a year; and the little would be persons of small minds and mean characters, and not poor persons who had never had a chance. That is why idiots are always in favor of inequality of income (their only chance of eminence), and the really great in favor of equality.” — George Bernard Shaw

    Upcoming events:

    • Sunday, May 15: 2:00 – 3:30 pm: Monthly meeting at Huntsville Public Library on Monroe Street in Huntsville, room A/B (to the right of the lobby). Enjoy light snacks.
      Discussion of current cultural events.

     

    • Monday, May 23, 6:00-7:30pm: Philosophy Café. Open discussion on philosophical topics continues on the fourth Monday of each month in the upstairs room of “A Cup of Everything” at 103 Northside Square. An assortment of sandwiches, snacks and beverages are available for purchase (and to lubricate discussion). New faces are always welcome!

     

    • Sunday, June 12: 2:00- 4:00 pm: Non-Fiction Readers Book Discussion Group, is now meeting on the 2nd Sunday of each month New discussion participants always welcomed! Please join us at the Huntsville Public Library on Monroe Street in Huntsville, room A/B (to the right of the lobby).  The June book selection is “The Sixth Extinction:  An Unnatural History” by Elizabeth Kolbert.  The book won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in general non-fiction.

     

    • Saturday, June 18th: Rocket City Pride at Historic Huntsville Depot on Church Street! We will have a table of information from noon to 5 pm. (Volunteers welcomed!) Parade line up is at 10:00 am. This is a family-friendly event (including the pets), with food trucks and entertainment.

     

     

    Our events can be found

    • on our Meetup group:

    http://www.meetup.com/Humanists-of-North-Alabama-Meetup/

     

     

    Other community events:

     

    NAFA: North Alabama Freethought Association:
    (see their Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/thenafa/ for changes and cancellations)

     

    NAFA is sponsoring several showings of “To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine” – the acclaimed play by Ian Ruskin. Thomas Paine will take you on a journey from his birth to his death, with all the extraordinary events on the way.

    Location: Huntsville-Madison County Library auditorium at 915 Monroe St, Huntsville, AL.

    Event times are Saturdays at 2:00PM on May 14, May 21 or May 28

     

    • 3rd Friday of each month at 6:30 PM – NAFA dinner (location varies)
    • Every Saturday at 10:00 am to noon – Coffee at Angel’s Island Coffee, 7538 Memorial Pkwy SW, Huntsville, AL
    • Every Sunday at 10:00 am to noon – Coffee at Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery, 347 Hughes Rd, Madison, AL

     

    MAAF Redstone (Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers) affiliate group

    • MAAF Redstone is for active duty military, veterans, spouses and supportive civilians. Join the conversation on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/MAAF-Redstone-Meetup/ or join the closed group on MAAF Redstone Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/305467142954231/

     

     

    If you received this email from a friend and want to be added to the distribution list, send an email to me at louise.hardin@gmail.com.

     

    Suggestions for events, meeting venues, topics are always welcome!

     

    Humanists of North Alabama is an official Chapter of the American Humanist Association.  Membership in the AHA is strongly encouraged!

     

     

    Louise Hardin

    256-683-8026

  • AHA Conference 2016 — May 26-29 CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

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    http://conference.americanhumanist.org/

  • To Begin the World Over Again — May 14, 21, 28.

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  • Ask-an-Atheist newspaper article in Huntsville Times

    http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2015/04/ask_an_atheist_huntsville.html

  • To Begin the World Over Again — May 14, 21, 28.

    thomaspaine
  • Supreme Court rules gay couples nationwide have a right to marry

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gay-marriage-and-other-major-rulings-at-the-supreme-court/2015/06/25/ef75a120-1b6d-11e5-bd7f-4611a60dd8e5_story.html?tid=magnet

    Couples looking for an Alabama wedding officiant — please consult our list on this site.

     

  • Children raised secular are moral. Not news to us.

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0115-zuckerman-secular-parenting-20150115-story.html

  • Secular invocations program

    Humanist Group Launches Secular Invocations Program in Response to Supreme CourtRuling

     

    For Immediate Release

     

    Contact:

     

    Merrill Miller, merrillmiller@americanhumanist.org, 202-238-9088 ext. 105

     

    Monica Miller, mmiller@americanhumanist.org, 202-238-9088 ext. 120

     

    (Washington, DC, May 5, 2014)—In response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway, which determined that legislative prayer does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, the American Humanist Association announced a new program that will provide resources for atheists and humanists to deliver secular invocations during legislative meetings.

     

    The Supreme Court’s ruling, authored by Justice Kennedy, makes clear that local governments must make “reasonable efforts to identify all of the congregations located within its borders” and welcome an invocation by anyone who wishes to give one, regardless of their faith. The majority decision also states that the policy must be one of nondiscrimination.  The opinion adds that the invocations must not “denigrate nonbelievers or religious minorities, threaten damnation, or preach conversion.”

     

    The Humanist Society, an adjunct of the American Humanist Association, just launched as a platform for humanists to be identified within local government borders so that they can offer secular invocations pursuant to a legislative prayer practice. The website provides sample secular invocations and an interactive map to find a humanist who can deliver an invocation in one’s local area. Though this is a new program, there are already 50 individuals approved to give secular invocations, and the program is actively seeking to bolster this number.

     

    “Non-religious people are often asked to contribute to a ceremonial event, but some struggle to find an alternative to religious wording,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “We want to make it easier for anyone who wants to give a secular invocation so that legislative meetings can be nondiscriminatory.”

     

    Monica Miller, attorney for the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said, “While we would have preferred the Supreme Court to rule against any kind of prayer during government meetings by overruling the 1983 Marsh v. Chambers decision, the Supreme Court’s ruling emphasizes that local governments must be inclusive in their prayer policies, meaning that humanists must be allowed to deliver secular invocations whenever a government allows citizens of other faiths to deliver prayers at its meetings.”

     

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    Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, DC, the American Humanist Association (AHA) works to protect the rights of humanists, atheists, and other non-religious Americans. The AHA advances the ethical and life-affirming philosophy of humanism, which—without beliefs in any gods or other supernatural forces—encourages individuals to live informed and meaningful lives that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

     

    Special thanks to the Louis J. Appignani Foundation for their support of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center.


    About the AHA

    The American Humanist Association, founded in 1941 and located in Washington DC, strives to bring about a progressive society where being “good without god” is an accepted way to live life. We accomplish this through our defense of civil liberties and secular governance, by our outreach to the growing number of people without religious belief, and through a continued refinement and advancement of the humanist worldview. Read more about the AHA here.

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    "Today the god hypothesis has ceased to be scientifically tenable...and its abandonment often brings a deep sense of relief... Once our relief at jettisoning an outdated piece of ideological furniture is over, [then] we must construct something to take its place."
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    The Origins Project at ASU presents the final night in the Origins Stories weekend, focusing on the science of storytelling and the storytelling of science. The Storytelling of Science features a panel of esteemed scientists, public intellectuals, and award-winning writers including well-known science educator Bill Nye, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, theoretical physicist Brian Greene, Science Friday’s Ira Flatow, popular science fiction writer Neal Stephenson, executive director of the World Science Festival Tracy Day, and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss as they discuss the stories behind cutting edge science from the origin of the universe to a discussion of exciting technologies that will change our future. They demonstrate how to convey the excitement of science and the importance helping promote a public understanding of science.

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    Get the most recent updates from the Origins Project by following us on Facebook /ASUOriginsProject and Twitter @asuORIGINS. Contact origins.project@asu.eduwith questions.  (from YouTube)