|Sent on:||Thursday, April 5, 2012 11:55 AM|
The 2012 season for Grassroots Atheism begins with this Saturday's inaugural Street Teaching. The weather forecast as of this writing is for a sunny day with highs in the mid 60's. That's sweater weather for our purposes, so dress warmly if you are going to join us there.
This is going to be the busiest season we've ever had. Our crowning event this season will be the 2012 Motor City Pride festival and parade. We are especially proud to be in this year's parade. This is the first time that dozens of atheists will march in such a parade through Downtown Detroit. Please make plans now to be at this historic event. As a parade volunteer or booth staffer, you will receive a free Atheist Pride T-shirt to show your participation and to commemorate the fact that you were there.
We are also planning to hold an appreciation dinner for all of our volunteers and supporters. We are now working on arrangements for the best time and place. This will probably happen in April, so be ready for more details to come.
Richard Dawkins has recently been encouraging atheists to let religious believers know, “I respect you too much to accept that you really believe anything so ridiculous as you claim. Please either defend those beliefs and explain why they are not ridiculous, or else declare that you do not hold them and publicly disown the church to which you claim loyalty.” Daniel Finke has written a guide of 13 practical strategies for discussing this with religious moderates. Whether you are talking to religious folks in your daily doings, or you are joining us on Saturday evenings in Royal Oak, this is a helpful guide for that purpose: http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers/2012/04/05/12-practical-strategies-for-arguing-with-religious-moderates/
Yours in reason,