921 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC
"The need for critical thinking skills and a humanistic outlook in our world is great. This is no less true in the Black community than in others." African Americans for Humanism
The next monthly meeting of African Americans for Humanism DC will be held on November 23, 2013 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM in the Latrobe Room at the Hill Center 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE (entrance on 9th St-elevator access available). The Hill Center is located about 1.5 blocks from the Eastern Market Metro Station. All AAH meetings are free and open to the public. The venue is wheelchair accessible. People with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may email [masked] . Please see our national webpage for more information. http://www.aahumanism.net/
The recent off-year elections highlighted the fact that current American political discourse (such that it is) is distinguished by a polarization that frequently has its basis in religious belief. This month we will be discussing two recent articles from AlterNet about political power, affiliation, atheism and humanism. The first, “How the Unholy Alliance Between the Christian Right and Wall Street is Crucifying America” is excerpted from C. J. Werleman’s recent book and it questions the political choices, priorities and the use of political power by secularists. Go to http://www.alternet.org/belief/atheists-are-winning-wrong-war-against-christian-right?akid=11128.233799.vuy5-o&rd=1&src=newsletter921739&t=3
The other article, also written by Werlemen, is “Why Atheists Can’t Be Republicans”. http://www.alternet.org/belief/why-atheists-cant-be-republicans For the record, I have met people who claim to be both conservative Republican and atheist. According to the article this cannot be true. What do you think? How political should the movement be?
Some of you may be interested in signing a change.org petition to the U.N. Secretary - General asking for recognition of “The International Day Against State Religion” specifically to support victims of state religion in Pakistan. For more information go to http://www.change.org/petitions/the-secretary-general-united-nations-recognize-the-international-day-against-state-religion-5?share_id=DBOjBYngBU&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition
Special Announcement: Finally I hope you read the recent email from CFI announcing the January 31, 2014 AAH-DC Regional Conference. If not, I am pleased to bring it to your attention here. We have an impressive list of speakers including Sikivu Hutchinson, Dr. Anthony Pinn, Jamila Bey and others. For more information and to register please go to http://www.centerforinquiry.net/dc/events/african-americans-for-humanism-2014-conference/ This will be our January meeting!! More to come.
African Americans for Humanism-DC is sponsored by the Center for Inquiry-DC. The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. For more information about the Center for Inquiry please go to http://www.centerforinquiry.net/about .