African Americans for Humanism (AAH DC) Monthly Meeting

"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 Saturday January 25, 2014 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 and over what issues?

January 16th , Religious Freedom Day, commemorates the signing of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. The Virginia Statue was the first to guarantee religious freedom as well as freedom of thought. The text and a modern paraphrase can be found at http://religiousfreedomday.com/images/RFD_Guidebook.pdf

CNN recently highlighted the story and plight of a 7th Day Adventist Pastor who, as part of his spiritual journey decided to “try” atheism for a year. As expected there were swift and severe consequences from the denomination.  His story can be found at

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/08/pastor-learns-the-price-of-atheism/ and at http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2014/01/08/nr-brooke-intv-pastor-tries-atheism.cnn.html

I look forward to seeing you on the 25th.


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 .

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