Ask An Atheist Redlands Market Night Booth

The Atheists are invading Redlands Market Night and we're looking for volunteers! This is your chance to do some activism in the community.

We will be holding an "Ask an Atheist" booth where members of the public can engage us. The goal is to dispel stereotypes about atheists and promote discussion between Atheists and everyday people. We'll answer questions about Atheism, Agnosticism and our organization and hand out flyers with our latest events and meeting times.

We're looking for volunteers of every level, if you want to come and just hang out that's fine, and if you want to engage with the public that's fine too. We’ll be meeting an hour early to go over tabling basics for anyone who isn’t sure what to do.

There's lots of parking by the Redlands Mall. Just look for our booth with the big Atheist signs, but if you still can't find us call Greg at (951) Three one eight - two six two eight.

Remember to bring a chair, drinks and snacks!

Here's a sample of some of the questions and answers we'll deal with:

Q: Don't atheists have basically empty, meaningless lives since they don't believe that there’s any higher power out there?

A: Nope. We don't think that the world is an empty, meaningless place, even though we don't think a god designed it. We think the world is a fascinating, wonderful, interesting place, and we enjoy living in it. Now, you may think that it's impossible to "really" enjoy this world without believing of God as the designer. We don't feel that way.


Q: What do you think happens to you when you die?

A: Just in case there are any misconceptions about this, most serious atheists don't believe in reincarnation or spirits any more than we believe in hell. What defines "you" is what you think and feel, and how you interact with the universe. When this interaction ceases, you're not you anymore. So you simply stop existing.


Q: How can anyone possibly be moral without believing in God?

A: Pretty much the same way that anyone else can be moral – by considering their actions, weighing the consequences and deciding whether they’re doing more harm than good to themselves and other people.


Q: What's the difference between an atheist and an agnostic?

A: Atheism is merely the absence of belief in any gods. Agnosticism is not about belief in god but about knowledge — it was coined originally to describe the position of a person who could not claim to know for sure if any gods exist or not.


Q: Is Atheism just another religion?

A: No. Religions appeal to a supernatural realm controlled in most cases by a god or gods. Atheists have no written revelations, no god or gods and do not accept the existence of a supernatural realm or a creative super-being, as no evidence demands that they do. Atheism is therefore a rational evaluation of nature, whilst religions result from imaginative guessing.


Q: Do you hate God?

A: Nope. We don't hate Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy or Darth Vader either. Remember, atheists do not believe God exists. The way we see it, hating a nonexistent being would be as great a waste of time as worshipping one.


Q: Wow, this is really cool, how can I help out?

A: By joining up with the IEAA! Check us out online at www.inlandempireatheists.com or stop by one of our upcoming meetings listed on this flyer!

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  • Phillip S.

    Great times with good people. Cant wait for the next one.

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Angela

    I'm so sorry I couldn't get there. I got held up at work. I hope it went well!

    April 25, 2013

  • Tune K.

    We're across from baskin Rob, east side of State St.

    April 25, 2013

  • Phillip S.

    We are on state street between 8th and 9th. Come come

    April 25, 2013

  • Greg M.

    Our booth's (Roman) number tonight is XX, It's south of state street.

    2 · April 25, 2013

  • Scenes H.

    I went to market night last week and noticed an anti-evolution booth.

    April 25, 2013

    • Tune K.

      I debated with them before several months ago. They were friendly people to talk with. One of them is a born-again Christian.

      April 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome.

      April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am leaving work at 6. I will be there in 15 minutes. Can someone post on here or fb where the booth is. Thanks.

    April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You people are just great and wonderful. Enjoy being you and enjoy doing this.
    Lots of love

    April 24, 2013

  • Jerome

    I hope I can drop by I work for that horribly constipated city and I will say you are walking into the lions den.

    1 · April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do we know where the booth will be yet?

    1 · April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My husband I are may stop by to say hello! We tend to try to hit up Market Night as it is

    April 6, 2013

  • Mark K.

    I LOVE the fact you are making this a regular thing. Market night has a history of bible booths and the delusional, reading scripture from the bible, to naive throngs that look like deer with headlights in their eyes. It's time to have a little balance and I welcome it. I have some apprehension because I teach in the area and will no doubt be recognized...oh well! I'll be there to help break down and clean up for sure.

    April 3, 2013

  • Greg M.

    Seems like a lot of people get off after seven and that's fine. If you can't make it for the whole event feel free to stop by anyways, we can always use the support. Plus it's an excuse to get some kettle corn and some fresh produce at the farmers market.

    And just remember, if you can't make it this week, we plan to make this a regular thing. In the future maybe we could split the booth into shifts with a 6:00- 7:30 and 7:30-9:00?

    2 · April 3, 2013

  • Charlene M.

    What a great idea to revive tabling at Redlands Market Night - we haven't done this in ages!

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Tune K.

    Definitely volunteering. I'm a Redlands local. Will be there around 5PM because I get off work around 4PM.

    April 2, 2013

  • Phillip S.

    I am going to leave my work in corona at about 2. So I can meet up early and help setup.

    April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't be there until about 645- is that okay?

    April 2, 2013

  • Angela

    I really, really want to do this, but I'm at work until 7pm. Can I show up around 7:40 or so?

    April 2, 2013

  • Lisa B.

    I would love to be there, but I have work til 7 pm. I'll see if I can come by for moral support.

    April 2, 2013

  • Mark K.

    I'm going to TRY to get down there. I have another appointment at 5:30, don't know how long it will last, but I will head straight there after!

    April 2, 2013

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