Last Supper Dinner Club

  • When: Thursday, August 06, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
  • Martin Wine Cellar, 3827 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA view map

If you haven't tried their new location Uptown, now is the time! It is really beautiful and spacious. They also have an ample parking lot. If you wander off to do some shopping, we won't hold it against you!

As a courtesy to the other attendees and the restaurant, please be sure that your RSVP is accurate especially the afternoon of the event!


 

NOSHA's Annual Discussion Meeting

  • When: Saturday, August 15, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
  • Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

At least once a year NOSHA organizes our popular discussion meeting where attendees can talk about topics and express their opinions and beliefs, relay personal experience and connect intellectually.

Our topics will include: How do you handle “Woo” experiences and the people in your life who insist on discussing angels, crystals or the like? Woo is defined as “...the way a person is when they uncritically believe unsubstantiated or unfounded ideas. Short for ‘woo woo’”. Tell us about your most memorable interactions and how you handle it.

The second topic was recently discussed by the Baton Rouge Freethinkers group: Are we obligated to help those around us? If so, how far does your circle extend and why?  Family only? Your neighborhood or favorite organization? Day-in, day-out? Only after a natural disaster? From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs?  Do you give to panhandlers? Bring all philosophies!


See Calendar for more information.

 

Citywide Day of Service -- Katrina 10

  • When: Saturday, August 29, 2015 @ 8:00 am
  • Many locations around Orleans Parish, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA view map

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City of New Orleans, with support from Walmart, will celebrate this collective impact by supporting volunteer activities from August 22 to August 29 and meeting a goal of engaging over 10,000 volunteers over seven days.


On Saturday, August 29, the Mayor will host one of the most comprehensive and unique service projects in the country. The Citywide Day of Service will engage thousands of volunteers and focus service on seven specific regions of the City. Volunteers will support over 100 individual projects. This event is open to volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience.

You can sign up for the specific project that works best for you and where your live here: http://katrina10.org/serve/     You can read about each specific activity and sign up at this link.


 

The Interview of the Summer: The Benjamin-Robinsons!

07/25/2015
WWLTV
On the Monday following the Friday the Supreme Court handed down its decision removing legal restrictions against same-sex marriage, Earl Nupsius Benjamin and Michael Robinson exercised their newly-sanctioned right, and became the Benjamin-Robinsons, the first such couple to marry in Louisiana. During the process of getting the license and completing the nuptials, the pair had become the face of the new reality that swept gender restrictions on marriage from Louisianaand twelve other states that had resisted change.

They appeared in local and regional news coverage from Friday through Monday, and were interviewed on CNN’s New Day Sunday Morning. They were unable to get the license in Orleans Parish Friday, probably due more to bureaucratic bumbling than theocratic finagling or other conscious opposition. On Monday they were advised that licenses would begin being issued that day in neighboring Jefferson Parish, and the beginning of the end of their fourteen-year struggle for fairness was at hand.


This interview was completed in two sessions, the first part was done in person, and the second by telephone.

Marty Banks How did the time pass from Friday until Monday—was it more like an eternity or an eye blink?
Michael
It’s kind of like that conversation about the Confederate flag. I don’t think it needs to be destroyed or anything, but that it just needs to go into a museum so that we can remember our history. Give a historical reference for why it was important at that time—that it still means heritage to some people—it’s offensive to enough people that it’s only fair that we move away from things that are divisive and find things that bring us together. Adding to what Earl said, it’s also the privilege that comes with being heterosexual, and I think that is the next conversation that needs to happen. I’ve been reading the comments online since this started and I’m hearing a lot of heterosexual bias. 

Straights don’t understand that some of their comments are offensive when they are trying to be cool—it’s kind of like the white person that says I have a lot of black friends. And they say things like—well, why do you have to call it “marriage?” In other words you want it to be separate, but equal? They don't even realize they are repeating the same things that we have learned don’t work. I think they need to acknowledge that there is a privilege that comes with being heterosexual. A privilege that keeps them from having to think about the things we are forced to think about that we shouldn’t need to. But because these conversations are happening, I think it is starting to create a better country.

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BOOK REVIEW: Atheism for Dummies

07/13/2015
Dale McGowan's latest book, Atheism for Dummies, is an excellent introduction to a complex topic. While some short introductions to atheism focus almost exclusively on positive atheism (the active assertion that there is no God), Atheism for Dummies describes varieties of unbelief such as agnosticism, religious humanism, and secular humanism. It places unbelief in historical contexts both ancient and modern, dispels many of the popular myths about atheists, and points the interested reader toward additional resources.

The aim of the book is to deliver breadth rather than depth. There are no abstruse arguments about epistemology, philosophy, or theology. Instead, the reader will finish the book with a general understanding of what atheism is and how it came to be. Sections describe atheism through history, major works of the past and present, "being good without God", and living in a society dominated by religion. Although aimed at the novice, even a studied atheist is likely to learn something useful.

Like other books in the "For Dummies" series, this one aims to bring a broad overview to a diverse audience. Its 350 pages of text might scare away some potential readers, but that page count is just a number. The design of the series emphasizes short paragraphs, inset boxes, and lots of white space to keep things readable. The organization of the book also makes it easy for the reader to choose which sections to read, which to skim, and which to skip.

Author Dale McGowan knows what he's talking about. He's also written Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion (2007), co-authored Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief (2009), and edited a volume titled Voices of Unbelief: Documents from Atheists and Agnostics (2012).

Atheism for Dummies, by Dale McGowan. For Dummies Books (2013). ISBN: 978-1118509203.

~ Jim Dugan


I'm a Humanist Because...

I'm a Humanist Because...
 I am a humanist because we need to embrace the natural world.
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