by Bjorn Watland
Face it. Just by identifying as an atheist, you will offend some people. If you go one step further and voice your opinion and one more step to actually question what someone means when they say, "I'm a believer," you've already turned a lot of people off.
This is the main reason why people engage in self-censorship. I've done it myself. I would rather keep my mouth shut than cause a rift between friends or family. However, how can we benefit from keeping quiet? How can we benefit from speaking out?
Minnesota Atheists strongly value the separation of church and state. To remind our government of who they represent, we make our collective voices heard in the State Capitol while our fellow citizens observe the National Day of Prayer. Every voice counts. If you can take a long lunch break, or have the free time, we would appreciate making your presence known with us. You'll be hearing from the leadership of Minnesota Atheists, as well as from our members. Prepare to be moved by famous speeches you may have heard before, and listen for original orations on separation and the rights of atheists.
This year, we will be featuring speakers from other organizations which support the separation of church and state in an effort to show why that concept is so important for everyone, atheists and the religious alike.
Come be a part of history and make your voice heard.
For information about the event, you can contact email@example.com or call 612-284-4495.
The Quatrefoil Library will honor its co-founder at a party at the Library on May 16, 2009, 6-9pm. Help to continue a dream come true along with his co-founder, Dick Hewetson. There will be wine, hors d'oeuvers, and music by a jazz trio.
David was a book collector, who, along with Dick Hewetson, had a vision of opening a GLBT Library for our community. His tireless efforts have succeeded and the Quatrefoil is open and doing business with more material than ever before!
David was a founding and Life Member of Minnesota Atheists as well as a truly inspiring person.
To help continue David's lasting legacy, contributions to the new Irwin Fund, supporting the Library, are appreciated.
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By Crystal Dervetski
the course of writing publicly about atheism, I have come across some
questions, and many times opposition, regarding belonging to a formal
organization for freethinkers. As with most questions, they are
repeated multiple times by a variety of people, and oddly enough,
many times they come not from religious persons but from fellow
atheists. I plan on sharing a few great statements and questions I
have received over the last year, and my answers to them.
At the March cable show taping James Zimmerman produced and hosted two programs. The first was an interview with Bjorn Watland on Minnesota Atheists' Meet-ups. This was an overview of meet-up activities listed on our meet-up site and easy-to-follow instructions on how to sign on to our meet-up. For the second program, Grant Steves joined the panel, and they reviewed and discussed Two Atheist-themed books. The first was 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God, by Guy Harrison, and the second book was Godless, by Dan Barker from the Freedom of Religion Foundation. If you would like to help on the cable program or sponsor the program on your cable access station or have ideas for a future program please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cable Crew: Art Anderson, Brett Stembridge, Shirley Moll, Steve Petersen, George Kane, Todd Erickson, and Grant Hermanson.
Podcasts: MinnesotaAtheists.org. Made possible by Grant Hermanson.