(EBA) Iraqi Atheist Speaks on Being an Atheist in the Middle East

This month East Bay Atheists is honored to feature a talk by Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar, an Iraqi atheist writer, born in 1991 in Babylon. He will speak on "Atheism in Iraq and the Middle East," and the consequences of being an atheist in that part of the world.

Fundamentalist in Iraq threatened him with death, forcing him to find refuge in the US. He is an advocate for freedom of thought, science, reason and the free market economy. Al-Mutar is the founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement and Facebook For Science. He is currently at work on a book called Dogma, which represents the dangers of unsubstantiated beliefs and how we as humans can live a better life without them.

Please join us for this unique talk.

Afterwards we will go to lunch at a nearby affordable Chineese restaurant, Lilly's, 1580 Hopkins St., (between Monterey Ave & California St) in Berkeley. Please join us.

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When: Saturday, June 22nd, 1:00 PM

Location: Public Meeting Room, Lower Level, North Berkeley Branch, Berkeley Public Library, 1170 The Alameda at Hopkins

BART Access: From the downtown Berkeley BART Station, take AC Transit 25 at Shattuck & Center toward El Cerrito (8 minute ride to Hopkins & The Alameda). Click here to plan your trip.

Parking: Plenty of free parking in the neighborhood. Avoid some streets that may be restricted to two hours.

Our next meeting will be on Sunday, July 21st, in the main library. Details will follow.

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  • David D.

    Really good to get a different perspective. Reared in Islam and become an atheist! Bravo for the ability to break free. The speaker is amazingly well informed on matters beyond only his homeland, especially when his age is considered. Some of us have issues regarding certain points. Maybe alliances always look different depending on which side of the fence you are on. Regardless, the talk was good and well presented.

    June 22, 2013

  • Larry H.

    We were there last month and the food was fine. The problem was that the management was rather snotty about the reservations we made but they lost. Anyway we normally meet in the downtown Berkeley library; next month we will go to Giovanni's. King Dong, our regular dinner spot, is under new management and the food has become pretty bad. We are always open to suggestions for dinner spots, venues & especially speakers and videos.

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i would really like to be able to attend but have a prior engagement.

    June 16, 2013

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