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From: Josh K.
Sent on: Sunday, January 29, 2012 10:54 AM
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Central London Humanist Group
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Wednesday 1st February
6:30 PM

Central London Humanist Group: - Social Meetup

Penderel's Oak
[masked] High Holborn WC1V 7PF, London (map)
Every first Wednesday of the month we meet for a social evening at a central London pub.
Drop by if you're non-religious and you would like to meet like-minded people in... Learn more

What some people have said about A RECENT social meetup

 My first social meeting with them and very very friendly. 

 Everybody was extremely friendly and the conversation was stimulating. 

 Stimulating conversation; I learned a few things last night. Very welcoming and fun lot. 

Central Talk

AGM 2012
We had a good attendance at about 60 people. There were some interesting points made and the new committee will be mulling over all that was said. 
The new Committee are: 
Alan Palmer (chair), Baptiste Bourgougnon, David Miller (Treasurer/Secretary), Helen Palmer, James Ryan, James Grindrod, Josh Kutchinsky, Marco Tranchino, Rob Mallows, and Steve Clapman.

Membership organiser's report can be seen here
There was an agreed change to the constitution  to make it a requirement to have an auditor.  An auditor was appointed.
To see the amended Constitution go here
Affiliations to EHF and IHEU were confirmed as well as our agreement to pilot a new partnership status with the BHA

EHF General Assembly and Conference
24-27 May 2012: Utrecht, Netherlands:
On the last weekend of May 2012 the Humanistisch Verbond (Humanist Association, Netherlands) will host the annual  EHF General Assembly and conference* in Utrecht. The Humanist Association will be working closely with the Dutch Humanist Alliance of humanist organisations in the Netherlands and the European Humanist Professionals (EHP).
*Citizenship as a daily practice - How can European citizens overcome indifference?

IHEU General Assembly
Provisionally 3-5 August 2012: Montreal, Canada

I have been asked to mention this: As of Friday 27th there were 4 places left

The Atheist's Guide to Reality by Prof. Alex Rosenberg, Conway Hall, London

Organisers: WW Norton & Chris Street for AtheismUK, Humanists4Science & HASSNERS.
Date & Time: Saturday 25th February 2012,[masked] pm.
Email Chris Street to reserve a seat. Just a couple of seats left. Its now essential to reserve a seat asap. Email me your name, and Atheist / Humanist Society affiliation.

There are details over on H4S (Humanists4Science] blog (and on HASSNERS)

If you would like to attend send a message to Chris Street

I am starting to rationalise the mailing lists of the Central London Humanist group.
Our members/supporters are to be found in three internet places
1) Meetup
2) facebook
3) e-reminder mailing list
There is an opt-out
from the Meetup mailing list for Meetup members. (there are 768 of 893 members on the list).
I have subscribed  the single email address for  everyone on the meetup mailing list to the Chimp  and also added everyone from the e-reminder mailing list. I now only have to send out one email as well as a message on the facebook page (and, for the time being, also  a notice to the old facebook group, although I think that this can be incorporated)  and I have covered all our members/supporters who have not opted out.
Now please note there is an unsubscribe notice at the bottom of this email but that will only work if you were  on our original mailing list and are individually subscribed to the Chimp. If you are receiving this because you are on meetup and you wish to unsubscribe you'll need to go to your CLHG meetup profile and change  your email settings. Contact me if you want more advice on this.
I have been told by many people that it is no big hassle to receive one, two or even three identical emails as they just delete the unwanted copies. However if you are receiving 2 or 3 identical emails and are unhappy with this then I will help to sort this out. Please contact me..
It isn't all that complicated but I must sat I was less grey when I started!

Note: The Chimp is otherwise known as mailchimp and provides a system for sending our messages to mailing lists.

Take action! A Day to Defend Free Expression

The Central London Humanists are giving their support to the London Rally being organised by One Law for All.

The One Law for All 11 February Rally for Free Expression is being held in London from 14:00-16:00 hours at the Old Palace Yard, opposite the House of Lords.

Confirmed Speakers at London Rally: Hasan Afzal (Stand for Peace), Jenny Bartle (National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies), Roy Brown (International Humanist and Ethical Union), Nick Cohen (Writer), Sue Cox (Survivors Voice Europe), Christopher Crowley-Jenns (Kings College London), Alex Gabriel (Blogger), A C Grayling (Philosopher), Faisal Gazi (, Jennifer Hardy (Queen Mary Atheism Humanism and Secularism Society), Kenan Malik (Writer), Chris Moos (London School of Economics Atheist, Secularist, and Humanist Society), Rhys Morgan (Student activist), Maryam Namazie (One Law for All and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain), Yasmin Rehman (Campaigner), Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters), Gita Sahgal, (Centre for Secular Space), Terry Sanderson/Keith Porteous Wood (National Secular Society), Kate Smurthwaite (Comedian), Bahram Soroush (Labour Rights Activist), Rupert Sutton (Student Rights), Jac Thomas (Kings College London Atheist, Secularist & Humanist Society), Marco Tranchino (Central London Humanist Group), Anne Marie Waters (One Law for All) and Susan Zhuang (University College London Atheist, Secularist & Humanist Society). There will be a message from Richard Dawkins and the Jesus and Mo cartoonist.

We will be there with our banner!


See where else protests are planned from Paris to Gambia
Also see who has endorsed the Day and join them



An Atheist’s Epitaph
Beyond the universe there is nothing and within the universe the supernatural does not and cannot exist.
Of all deceivers who have plagued mankind, none are so deeply ruinous to human happiness as those impostors
who pretend to lead by a light above nature. Science has never killed or persecuted a single person for doubting or
denying its teachings, and most of these teachings have been true; but religion has murdered millions for doubting or
denying her dogmas, and most of these dogmas have been false.

That’s the epitaph on the gravestone of George F. Spencer… who died in 1908.
[Source:  Hemant Mehta, The Friendly Atheist]

We have our first event and it happens to be a protest.
The exact nature of HumanAction has yet to evolve...
However we know it will inlude campaigning. It will be the home for CLHG's involvement in the Campaign for a Secular Europe.
But there will also  be local activism, service to the community and much more.
Anyway our first event is participating in  a Day of Action in Support of Freedom of Expression.
This is being organised by the One Law for All Campaign and our friend Maryam Namazie.
I have written the following which appears on our meetup site:

"Freedom of expression is a non-negotiable prerequisite for all other human rights. It must be limited when it would be an immediate and present danger to the rights of others. Thus the interdiction of  shouting "fire" in a crowded space when there is no fire. Incitement to violence is not always so clearly definable but this should not be allowed. It is, however, perverse to allow people to curtail a right to freedom of expression by threatening violence. This is what a small minority of extreme religionists are doing. Other more moderate religionists (and others) provide cover for this unacceptable behaviour by failing to make clear and unambiguous their commitment to freedom of expression independent of the subjective quality of the information being transmitted. Granting me the freedom to say something you approve of is to grant me nothing. You support my freedom of expression when I lawfully express something of which you do not approve."

Some Comments
on Recent Meetups

W.C. Fields

January 29, 2012

On this date in 1880, comedian W.C. Fields (née William Claude Dukenfield) was born in Philadelphia. His father was a Cockney immigrant and his mother a native Philadelphian. Fields dropped out after 4 years of schooling to work with his father, who ran a horse-drawn vegetable cart. A rough home life drove Fields away by the age of 11. He lived on the streets, was occasionally beat up and sometimes jailed. By 13, he had become skilled at juggling and playing pool. That year he moved to Atlantic City where he was hired to juggle (perfecting the appearance of losing his juggling pieces) and, when business was slow, to pretend to drown for crowd amusement. At 19, he was dubbed "The Distinguished Comedian." By 23 he played at Buckingham Palace in London, appearing the same evening as Sarah Bernhardt. Fields was on the program with Charles Chaplin and Maurice Chevalier at Folies-Bergeres. His first movie, at age 35, fittingly was "Pool Shark" (1915). Fields appeared in 37 movies, including "David Copperfield" (despite his adage, "Never work with animals or children") and "My Little Chickadee" (1940). Known for his poses as caustic curmudgeon and imbiber, Fields actually had two sons, did not appear in public inebriated, and was known to dote on his three grandchildren. D. 1946.

“Prayers never bring anything. . . . They may bring solace to the sap, the bigot, the ignorant, the aboriginal, and the
lazy—but to the enlightened it is the same as asking Santa Claus to bring you something for Xmas.”

— W.C. Fields, cited by Warren Allen Smith in Who's Who in Hell

Compiled by Annie Laurie

[Source Freedom from Religion Foundation]



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