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Jaclyn Glenn: "Make Atheism a Positive Thing"

With over 200,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel, come hear Jaclyn Glenn talk about atheism in person! She will show you ways to de-stigmatize the word, and help you learn how make atheism a positive thing! 

She begins her discussion with her journey out of childhood indoctrination and ends with her rise to YouTube stardom, giving straight talk all along the way helping us all learn how to deal with relatives, co-workers or even strangers, despite your possible hesitation or incomplete readiness. She helps us all cope in this society as atheists, and helps some of those on the fence get past their fear. You’ll be glad you came! 

See more about Jaclyn here: http://jaclynglenn.com/about/

Come early to have dinner and drinks, meet Jaclyn, talk with friends and meet new members before Jaclyn's presentation begins at 7:15 PM.

As we are helping to pay for her travel and speaking fee, there will be a $10 charge at the door. No Brown Paper Tickets this time, just bring a little cash. Supporting these events will allow us to do even more in the future, so thank you all for that!

More media with Jaclyn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei_8ZlLGtQw&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2hZQZ4GwFw&feature=youtu.be

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  • Ryan

    I'm bummed that I just found this group and that I missed this talk. Judging by the comments, it sounds like it was a good one.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    August 11, 2014

    • Lyn C

      I'm sorry you missed it, Ryan. I believe we will get her presentation up on our youtube channel. https://www.youtube.co...­

      August 11, 2014

    • Ryan

      Thanks, Lyn. *subscribed*

      August 11, 2014

  • Carmen H.

    I liked her talk. She is very passionate about her beliefs and I can really appreciate that. I liked her little funny stories, too. I think nailing laminated Jesuses to the cross took the cake.

    4 · August 7, 2014

    • Don B.

      You are right; it is not what I thought. I thought it referred to the conception of Jesus, not the conception of Mary.

      1 · August 9, 2014

    • Larry G.

      That's what I thought, too, Don. After all, "god" couldn't be conceived through nasty s-e-x!

      August 9, 2014

  • Invisible Pink U.

    Excellent presentation by Jaclyn. As Noreen has stated below, her talk was very well-organized, clear and left little room for ambiguity. This is precisely the type of talk that needs to be delivered to Christians to help them understand what an atheist really is. Jaclyn would do very well following in the footsteps of Neil Carter in doing an "interview an atheist in church". See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hzHSA7pSWc for the Neil Carter video.

    2 · August 6, 2014

    • Kennita

      I agree; Neil Carter was the atheist. The interviewer was the pastor of the Meadowbrook Church of Christ in Jackson, MS; his name wasn't given. I was impressed with him as well, for not getting confrontative or condescending.

      1 · August 8, 2014

    • Invisible Pink U.

      Neil Carter has his own "Godless in Dixie" blog. See http://www.patheos.co...­

      August 8, 2014

  • Rich D.

    Most of Jaclyn's talk was about her history - which I found interesting - but was off topic. I came to the lecture expecting to hear how we can "Make Atheism a Positive Thing". She didn't get around to the topic until the very end and then only briefly. Had she prepared notes on the topic, maybe she would not have started on a tangent.

    2 · August 7, 2014

    • Rich D.

      I guess you're right, Don. It's just that I am familiar with Xian viewpoints and the perils of coming out. I wanted her to get to the part of making it positive.

      3 · August 7, 2014

    • Rich W.

      I agree Rich. I grew up in a religious household so much of her talk was boring to me. I was hoping to hear more focus about strategies to change people's views of atheism.

      1 · August 7, 2014

  • Tim

    Sorry I missed this one. Wasn't feeling well after work and just went to be early...

    August 7, 2014

    • Susan M.

      Hope you're feeling better soon, Tim. We missed you!

      2 · August 7, 2014

  • Jim L.

    Couple of things hit me from Jaclyn's talk and I wanted to type them up.

    First, apparently many of the reactions she got from people she came out to are common and actually marketed that way. Though I haven't seen it, I read a review of the movie "God's Not Dead" which was written by an Atheist. He talks about the way Atheists are depicted in many of the same ways Jaclyn mentioned. We are alternatively either damaged, angry with god and secretly still believers just waiting to seek forgiveness on our deathbeds. In addition, Atheists are depicted as virulently angry of believers and just mean, nasty, controlling people in general who don't care a thing about anyone or anything that doesn't directly impact their lives (this includes spouses and girlfriends/boyfriends).

    Another thing that struck me was the comment about Atheists having nothing to care about. In reality since we believe we only get this one life, everything we do, matters that much more.

    3 · August 7, 2014

    • Laura K.

      Something that I got from a friend when I told them that I attended was, "but you have faith, don't you?". Ahh, yeah sure I do, I have faith in myself and the way I treat people. . .how about that?

      2 · August 7, 2014

  • Noreen

    That was an excellent, well-organized, logical, clear, and convincing talk. And she didn't even use notes. I was very impressed.

    6 · August 6, 2014

    • Dana N.

      Yes, I agree. I was also impressed at how organized she was, how each topic flowed from one to the next, and without notes or slides. I also liked her personal stories.

      3 · August 7, 2014

    • Jim L.

      I do agree she gave a focused and well thought out presentation and her lack of notes made it that much more impressive. It's not easy to talk that long and stay on topic without anything to refer to. She did a great job.

      1 · August 7, 2014

  • Dana N.

    Our atheist community is an example of how atheists can create positive associations for believers. That has been the mission of our group, which Brian nicely reminds us of at every meeting. So we are doing exactly what Jaclyn suggested. I hope those of us who are outward atheists in every way make it easier for others to come out.

    2 · August 7, 2014

    • Jim L.

      Completely agree. By living our lives as out Atheists we force people to rethink their bias against non-believers. For example, I run a self-help group for hard of hearing people in San Jose - the local ALDA chapter. I'm one of the few regular members who is not religious. I am friends with most of them on Facebook. By now they all know that I am a non-believer. Same with the Cochlear Implant group I work with and mentor for. Some of these members are strongly religious, regularly posting things about their faith and how god will carry them through their toughest spots, etc. They may not like the fact I am an Atheist, but by now they know I am not going to do them any wrong and most of them are good friends who respect my efforts on behalf of the group. Just living our lives, treating people ethically and getting involved is a great way to build a positive impression of all non-believers.

      2 · August 7, 2014

  • Laura K.

    The intro was good, facts on studies about perception. I wanted to hear more about that study and others, if there are any. Further discussion about the internal struggles of people and their definition of religion was also a great point. I also wanted to hear more about how we can organize, represent and "make atheism a positive thing" which she did touch on with the examples of going out to Hollywood Blvd fundraising with signage. I think it would be great to see some of the recorded conversations on those interactions since a main component of getting along in society is understanding the other side. This presentation is a great place to start, thanks, I enjoyed it.

    3 · August 7, 2014

  • Dana N.

    I have found it really interesting in talking to our members how many of them have been raised without religion. Kudos to their parents! I think the points Jaclyn made about how fearful Christians are would be especially helpful to them.

    I've always felt that Christians believe in a god that is a reflection of them, contains their values, with some added authority. So, it made sense when Jaclyn explained that when we attack a believer's god, we are attacking them personally, or rather that's how they feel.

    I also am in total agreement with her that all atheists should come out. I think there is a much bigger population of us than most people realize, and it gives the opportunity to those who are on the fence to land in reality rather than religion.

    I also see parallels between the lgbt community and the non-believer community. Because so many lgbt people came out, we were forced to drop our stereotypes and see them as everyday people.

    6 · August 7, 2014

    • Don B.

      I also was surprised to find so many had relatively little exposure to religion growing up. But still most had to come to the realization that a god does not exist. Some of our group were VERY involved with a religious life and each came to be an atheist by different paths. It is very interesting to hear each story.
      All atheists should come out; but I have plenty of sympathy with those that are facing the lost of a job or estrangement from family. The more of us that come out, the easer it will be for the rest of closeted atheists to come forward.

      3 · August 7, 2014

  • Invisible Pink U.

    63 atheists in attendance tonight! Excellent turnout.

    4 · August 7, 2014

    • Dana N.

      That's awesome!

      August 7, 2014

  • Dana N.

    Jaclyn brought up issues for Christians that I had not thought of before

    August 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Personable speaker -- made good points

    2 · August 7, 2014

  • Kennita

    Nice vibe.

    2 · August 7, 2014

  • Don B.

    I enjoyed the presentation. Thank you Jaclyn! And I also enjoyed meeting with other club members. Nice turnout! I hope to see a lot of you of this Saturday at the Blood Drive.

    3 · August 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was great. Thank you!

    1 · August 6, 2014

  • charles l.

    I guess I would have to classify my self as a hard core dye in the wool atheist. I can't say that I have always been an atheist but I would say that my conversion began at the same age that I developed my ability to reason. I should probably mention that I suffer ignorance badly especially by adults with normal intelligence. I truly believe that all religion is deep seated form of mental retardedness, or a recessive gene that has been mutated down through countless generations that I would call The Religious Gene, that would explain all the religious fanaticism that I see all around the world. all I can say is whether you like it or not THE TRUTH ; and religion treats the truth as if it were cryptonite; I can say with 100% certainty that THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE!

    August 6, 2014

  • Larry G.

    What's the point of having this "conversation" if all of it is not included? My previous comment is not here, and neither are some others. I'll try again here. I was not pleased with some of the videos of hers that I saw, nevertheless I'm not changing my RSVP. I expect to attend. Who knows? Maybe she'll surprise me.

    4 · July 19, 2014

    • Susan M.

      Chill, Mai. Really.

      1 · July 27, 2014

    • Carmen H.

      Two points here, Mia. You are acting as if $10 are the end of the world. If you don't like the speaker, make your point and move on, instead of resorting to insults.
      Secondly, one of the main issues I have with religious fanatics is their total inability to listen to anyone else, therefore resorting to name-calling, insults and harboring on one issue. If you haven't learned yet that people do not learn from being "yelled" at, chances are you are a lost cause.
      BTW, I am also a woman, but curious about anyone's view, even if I can't agree and even if that person is not choosing words I'd choose. There is still something to hopefully learn.

      5 · August 4, 2014

  • Invisible Pink U.

    Jaclyn Glenn on Faith Healers
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0k6DRTmuqM

    August 3, 2014

  • Invisible Pink U.

    Jaclyn Glenn on The Rubin Report
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEov1S940rg

    August 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    You are wasting your money folks - I know I'm not a regular member of this community (because I am too far away) but seriously - watch her videos before you go - do you really want to pay $10 to see an hour of this? This just one of several bad examples of her kind of skepticism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a61ZgjPN3is

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2014/07/18/dont-be-this-atheist/

    July 19, 2014

    • Brian G.

      I can think of many things that are a waste of time, surely watching Jaclyn speak is not one of them. From Mai's comments it would seem she has the most to learn from her.

      August 3, 2014

    • Brian B.

      Extremism on nearly any social justice issue can be problematic. I think having personal passions are good, caring about the rights and welfare of others is also good. But we should be willing to accept people on a wide scale and have open and constructive conversations along that scale.
      Take the conflict in the Middle East for example, I have seen a lot of different views on atheist blogger sites lately. Some in support of Israel and some condemning their actions. Now imagine we are having a conversation and I just call you an anti-Semite along with anyone you associate with and storm out of the room. Is this productive? Is this fair? Is it even reasonable? Do I even know you well enough to make that judgement? Not every situation warrants the same amount of outrage. And if you forget why the ACSJ exists, please re-read our mission statement.

      4 · August 3, 2014

  • Don B.

    For me $10 is not too much to pay at all. This is at least what I would put into the jar anyway. I know there were many times in my life when I could not afford a donation, so might as well do it when I can.

    3 · July 21, 2014

  • Kurtis R.

    FWIW, I'm planning on attending. Despite the fact that I watched a few of her videos and was underwhelmed. So why pay to see her? Because I think diversity is important. As a middle-aged privileged white male I think it's important to give people unlike me (and P.Z. Myers, Jerry Coyne, Aron Ra, Matt Dillahunty, etc.) a chance to voice their opinions before an audience. It is especially important to give young women opportunities to grow their skills and make a place for themselves.

    We can't afford to bring in only "big name" speakers. Not just because of the direct expense in dollars but because groups like ours are vital training grounds for the next generation.

    9 · July 19, 2014

    • Susan M.

      You're wonderful, Kurtis! It's delightful to see such support. Thank you!

      1 · July 19, 2014

    • Brian B.

      As a fellow middle-aged privileged white male, I would agree with that Kurtis. And let's be honest, some events you will enjoy and some not so much, but the greater purpose here is to develop and support our community. At some point we need to offer something for the younger generation. If there is nobody here to inherit what we build, what are we doing this for?
      Remind me to tell you all about the youth group at my former church. It was a real eye-opener and something we need to be aware of.

      4 · July 19, 2014

  • Invisible Pink U.

    Stupid Christian comments - by The Vegan Atheist (w/Jaclyn Glenn)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vER9Lgn4_hs

    2 · July 10, 2014

  • Mike Van R.

    Sorry, I'm out of town that week.

    July 2, 2014

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