We Are Not Monsters

We Are Not Monsters

This is a must watch for anyone who is interested in improving the public image of atheists! This trailer was produced on a $0 budget by students, and they are looking for sponsors who would like to help fund the full length documentary. For a $0 budget I must say they have done an amazing job.

Anyone who is interested in showing the general public that atheists are the normal, decent people that we are should consider donating to make the full-length film happen. Even if you can only give $5, it makes a difference. So think about it. ūüôā

I’ve tried imbedding the video (I know I’ve done it before) but something is up with WordPress and the embed code is not working. So please go here and watch the trailer: We Are Not Monsters

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Kentucky Freethought Convention Wrapup

Kentucky Freethought Convention Wrapup

After long months of planning and preparation, the day finally arrived. Yesterday, Saturday October 6th was the first ever Kentucky Freethought Convention. And what a success it was! While targeted primarily to freethinking Kentuckians, it was about the same size in attendance as the first national American Atheist convention that I attended three years ago. We even had a few attendees who drove all the way from West Virginia and Tennessee. The final attendance is estimated to be over 250.

Panoramic view of the stage and attendees of the Kentucky Freethought Convention on October 6, 2012.

There was a great mix of topics by a variety of speakers both local to Kentucky and nationally known.

Dr. James Krupa, Professor of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kentucky, spoke on the importance of quality education in evolution and science for students who are not majoring in science.

Edwin Kagin spoke about the origins and history of Camp Quest, a summer camp for the children of secular parents which focuses on the importance of science and critical thinking (along with other fun summer camp activities). Camp Quest was started in Kentucky and in the past 10 years has spread all over the United States and to Europe.

Seth Andrews, of the Thinking Atheist podcast and former Christian radio broadcaster, told of his experience of coming out as an atheist and of handling the conflict with family that this can sometimes cause. He also had a bit of fun poking fun at some of the most ridiculous expressions of religion in modern America.

Dr. Gretchen Mann, Chef Medical Officer at the Louisville Military Entrance Processing Station, discussed how she, along with the Military Religious Freedom Association and Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers put a stop to the active proselytizing by the Gideons of military recruits at the MEPS centers all over the country.

Annalise Fonza, former United Methodist clergywoman and current member of Black Nonbelievers of Atlanta, spoke about her past as a member of the clergy, the issues faced by nonbelievers in African American communities, and the importance of diversity in race, gender, and sexual orientation in the atheist movement.

Former Minister’s Panel.

As the last speaker for the day,¬†Will Gervais, ¬†Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kentucky. spoke about the recent¬†psychological¬†studies on societal¬†perceptions¬†of atheists, and the connection between analytical thinking and non-religious¬†thought. I don’t have a picture for Dr. Gervais, but when I have one I will post it.

We all had a great time and made great connections with one another. I am looking forward to next year’s convention!

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We get weird mail…

We get weird mail…

This was addressed to Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers and send to our PO box. It’s the most bizarre piece of mail I think I have ever received.

In the homeless beggars and holy men there if they reach humanistic create metaphysical phenomena that interact between human consciousness and psyche psychic consciousness of Mother Nature creating balance and harmony in many calamities we suffer disasters.

What? o_O

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