Monthly Meeting

  • November 14, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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SPECIAL MEETING DATE FOR NOVEMBER--Thursday (NOT Wednesday) the 14th at 7:00 p.m. at Westside UU!

We are thrilled and honored to cosponsor Tom Flynn, nationally renowned Editor of Free Inquiry magazine and Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism for our November meeting.

Tom will deliver a presentation entitled, "Who are Those Doubters Anyway? The Demography of Unbelief" which will include a lavishly-illustrated PowerPoint presentation tracing what pollsters and sociologists know--and what they get wrong--about the record growth in the numbers of Americans claiming no religious affiliation from the mid-twentieth century to today.  What do these polls on religion really mean?  For example, how many of these "no religious preference" people are really atheists?

Tom is a very engaging and entertaining speaker, and we are excited that he can visit with us again.  All are invited to attend!  Mark your calendars!

Note:  If you plan to attend, and I hope you do, PLEASE RSVP by pressing the green button to the right ("I'm Attending").  It would help us greatly for planning purposes.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I do admit to feeling a little restless toward the end, but nonetheless the content was very interesting and well delivered so that I was willing to keep paying attention. Perhaps the bit about atheists in prisons could have been more of a footnote.

    1 · November 15, 2013

    • John F.

      I found the thing about closeted atheists in prison interesting! though predictable/understanabl­e given trying to survive on the inside. I'd just never thought about it.

      November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good to see you. BS. This was my first meeting. After i exchanged introductions with Mary, I sat for 40 minutes without a single member speaking to me or even making eye contact, So I left. You people are snobs. don chase

    November 16, 2013

    • Amy H.

      What was stopping YOU from greeting people and making eye contact? Hate to sound cliche, but you get about as much from life as what you put into it.

      3 · November 16, 2013

    • Sam

      Don, usually we have about 20-30 people at the meetings, and I try to meet and talk to the handful of visitors we get. This meeting was hectic because we didn't know if we would have 50 people or 150, and we have few volunteers who are willing to set up everything for the meetings and clean up afterwards. Our two stalwarts were out due to illness. I spent most of my time trying to find a long VGA cable so the speaker could connect his laptop to the projector, and I didn't have time to meet more than a couple of visitors. I don't remember meeting you, but perhaps I did. I don't know any HoFW member who is a snob, but some are somewhat shy. Probably half the people there were visitors, and I can't speak for them. They probably felt as ill at ease as you. If you had leaned over and spoken to your neighbors, you might have had a different experience. Good luck running your new group.

      2 · November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    No, I appologize. The minute I walked in the door, I should have realized that Don and Dolores Ruhs were not there because Dolores was still in the rehab center. And the only regulars in the group who are allowed to greet newcomers were busy "substituting". And the three men standing in front of me, nibbling cookies, were so engrossed with their concern about how many people were going to show up, they couldn't find time to nod, or smile, or say hello.
    I probably won't be back. However, anyone and everyone in your group is welcome to any meeting of the Atheist Community of Hill County. I personally guarantee that you will be greeted, treated with respect, entertained and given your choice of any pie on the menu. don chase
    for meeting schedules e-mail [masked]

    November 16, 2013

  • Louanne R.

    My most sincere apologies for this oversight! You may not have known or noticed but those of us who were in charge were "substitutes" for Don and Dolores Ruhs. Dolores has been really under the weather and is still in the rehab center. We were winging it hoping that there was not total catastrophe. On top of everything else we had NO idea how many to expect in attendance so that was also on our minds. If I am not mistaken you drove in from Hillsboro making it that much more disappointing for you. Please consider coming back in the near future. I have been a member of this group for about ten years and "snob" does not come to mind as a description of this group. Once again I am very sorry that you had this experience and hope you will consider coming up again.
    WATCH THIS SPACE for our 2014 plans!!

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • John F.

    For me, the interest in what was being said overcame any sense of excessive length.

    2 · November 15, 2013

  • Jay & Suzie L.

    Think the speaker went a little too long. Was he given a schedule?

    November 15, 2013

    • Sam

      Yes, it did go a bit too long. Tom told me in advance that his speech was about an hour, and it turned out it was longer. Of course, he had unforeseen computer problems too. Since Tom traveled from upstate New York on his own dime to speak to us, and since a sizable part of the audience seemed interested in hearing everything he had to say, I didn't have the heart to cut him short.

      1 · November 15, 2013

  • Sam

    Tom Flynn is always entertaining and informative. Great speaker.

    1 · November 15, 2013

  • Louanne R.

    I would like to ask Don Chase if he has had a meeting yet and if so how many came? I was raised from a very early age (5) in West in a very Catholic family. I could tell lots of tales about the ONE atheist that lived there when I was growing up.
    And to Sheven Poole - Wow ! I love your comment.

    November 13, 2013

  • Sheven P.

    It's not "doubting" if you were lucky enough to escape ever being indoctrinated in the first place.

    November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I recently formed the Atheist Community of Hill County (TX). The first notice was posted in the towns weekly newspaper on Wednesday. The following Friday, the billboard in front of the Kings Memorial Methodist Church read "IF THERE WERE NO GOD THERE WOULD BE NO ATHEISTS". I wanted so badly to inform them that it wasn"t just their god I didn't believe in, but all gods. But, evidently being the only non-believer in the county, I decided not to push my luck.

    3 · November 4, 2013

  • John F.

    Tom Flynn is the Executive Editor of Free Inquiry, the absolutely finest free-thought magazine I've ever read, former Director of the Center for Scientific Inquiry, a national figure in free-thought, and a fantastic public speaker. I heard/saw his presentation on "The Trouble With Easter" a couple of years ago, and it was excellent! He will be speaking at the monthly meeting of Humanists of Fort Worth on THURSDAY, November 14, 2013 (NOT the second Wednesday of the month, our usual meeting date) on "Who Are These Doubters Anyway?: The Demography of Unbelief" at Westside UU Church (address and directions above). You don't want to miss this one!

    1 · November 3, 2013

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