President's Column: Atheism & Chapel Hill

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On February 10, Craig Stephen Hicks, a white middle aged atheist, gunned down three young Muslim college students—all of whom were of Palestinian descent. Deah Shaddy Barakat, the oldest victim at the age of 23, was pursuing a doctorate in dentistry and planning a trip to Turkey to assist children in a Syrian refugee camp with emergency dental work. Also killed was Barakat’s wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. Yusor was planning to study dentistry in the fall at North Carolina State University and Razan was a sophomore there.

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Why I Am Not a Rationalist

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By Stephanie Zvan
Reprinted from the blog Almost Diamond with permission

I am not a rationalist.

I have friends who are rationalists. I do my best to think of it as a nice little hobby of theirs. I do cryptograms and other puzzles in my down time. They spend time hacking their thinking processes, or trying to. We’ve all got our thing.

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The Secular Watch

By Grant Steves

grant stevesIn 2007, Charles Taylor published his book, A Secular Age. It is a 900 page treatise on the philosophical and sociological history and critique of secularism. Since the Reformation secularism in Western culture has increased and the signs of that can be seen in three ways.

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Atheist Night at new CHS Field - Leave Your Soles at the Gate

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Minnesota Atheists is teaming up with Foundation Beyond Belief this year for the 4th annual “Atheist Night” minor league baseball game in St. Paul, MN on Saturday, August 8. This year’s game will be played in the St. Paul Saints’ brand new downtown stadium, CHS Field! It’s billed as Leave Your Soles at the Gate because we’re asking fans to bring new or gently used shoes for donation to those in need.

Just like previous years, the home team players will wear secularized “Mr. Paul Aints” jerseys featuring the scarlet atheist “A”. Our banners will hang throughout the stadium and the “S” in “Saints” signs will be covered. There will also be new atheist-themed antics between innings added to the unbelievably fun evening.

The shoes we collect will be delivered by volunteers from Minnesota Atheists to Soles4Souls which is a secular 501c3 nonprofit “dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty.”

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Secularism: Minnesota Atheists Responds to David Brooks

d brooksDavid Brooks recently wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times about what he views as the perils of secularism. Several media outlets, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune, picked up his article. The president of Minnesota Atheists had a rebuttal published in the Sunday, February 8 edition of the Star Tribune. Two other rebuttals were also written by Minnesota Atheists board officers: Stephanie Zvan (associate president) and August Berkshire (director-at-large). All three rebuttals are printed below.

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