We are very privileged to have Mr. Torpy visit us this month. Let's come out in force to support what he is doing with our religious-promoting military divisions.
"Atheists, humanists, and non-believers in the military - equal rights for all." A practical discussion of the distinctions (substantive not semantic) between each group, the current status for each, and the path to equality for each. Too often requests of one kind (eg, right to blaspheme) are conflated the rights of another (eg, right to free exercise of belief or protection from discrimination). It is critical that the distinctions are made clear so that we can better advocate for ourselves and move toward equality.
Mr Torpy will present the evangelism rampant in our military and how equal rights for humanists to attend to their own core values requires much more than just protection from proselytism. The efforts for humanist identity, humanist support from chaplains, and participation in chaplaincy by humanists are all paths to equality. Our core values and beliefs are important, and if our warriors are to be scholar warriors, living the well-examined life, then the nontheistic perspective must be protected and cherished just as much as any god-based belief.
Mr. Torpy serves as the President of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF), a national non-profit building community for atheists and humanists in the military. Mr. Torpy also holds seats on the board of the Secular Coalition for America, the premier lobbying organization for secular issues, and the American Humanist Association, which fosters Humanist community and ethics. - See more at: http://militaryatheists.org/about/jasontorpy/#sthash.Zzf198gr.dpuf
To offset Mt Torpy's travel expenses, we will be passing the hat at the end of the meeting.
We'll have dinner as usual, but please RSVP so we can judge the amount of food needed. $12 with dinner, $7 without. All moneys go to the non-profit Freethought Alliance organization. if you are familiar with our property please park on one of the side streets and walk in. first timers may park in our parking area.