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COMPULSORY Q (no membership if not answered): Pls describe yr position on religion/faith e.g. atheist, naturalist, 'agnostic', religious doubter, religious, OR any description that best describes you. (Not to label you, just to know group make-up)
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COMPULSORY Q: Why do you want to join? (if faith/religion bothers you, what aspects in particular? (Helps us tailor activities to your concerns (within our remit of "peacefully promote reason/atheism")). Pls write as much or as little as you like.
Where did you hear about us?
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(You're welcome as a social or even a silent member, & there's absolutely no pressure - but would you want to be involved (at some stage) in actively challenging faith in any way? Petitions, leafleting etc, or something else?
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If so, what kind of issues are most emotive for you? What kind of activism do you prefer - humourous/cheeky or more direct? Any other ideas you'd like to share at the moment?
London Atheist Activist Group (LAAGers!) is UK's LARGEST ATHEIST meetup COMMUNITY, & is really about CRITICAL THINKING as a whole.Non-theists of any description or location welcome to join. 'Agnostics', deists & religious doubters also welcome. (We do have a few believers as members - we're happy to engage in sincere dialogue with (almost!) anyone (not EDL etc), as long as your faith position is declared upon joining, & honest and civil debate takes place). Anyone globally can join (lively discussions online everyday), & events incl. talks, activities & socials if you're living, working in or visiting London. We remain a censorship-free zone, as always.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING:
"Thanks for doing what you're doing. Together we can make significant progress toward eradicating the faith virus". Peter Bohossian, Philosopher & author of "Manual for creating atheists"
"This (stopping State funding for creationist nurseries) wouldn't have happened without LAAG" Jonny Scaramanga, activist.
COMMUNITY: Atheism gets a bad press, so if you're nervous about what it'd be like to join, click here & reviews will reassure you! You'll get a warm welcome from an inclusive, friendly, fun & constructive community, of all ages/ backgrounds.
BEING ABOUT SERIOUS ISSUES DOESN'T HAVE TO MEAN UPTIGHT! Enjoy yourself, meet people, have a laugh. We're about PEACEFUL PROMOTION & CELEBRATION OF REASON. If you want to be active, that's great, but you'll make a difference just by joining, as larger numbers mean we can speak up on issues such as ...
'Holy' book' excuses don't stop bigotry being bigotry...
SEPARATION OF STATE from SUPERSTITIONS
FREE EXPRESSION, ONE LAW FOR ALL
HUMAN (particularly CHILDRENS') RIGHTS above RELIGIOUS RITES
Faith = professing to know what you don't. The modern equivalent of looking at chicken entrails for answers. Hardly something to brag about! It's a vice and a 'virus' that we want to immunise against, with critical thinking.
WHY LAAG is UNIQUE:
UK Meetup's BUSIEST webforum - Daily discussions (serious & humorous!). (Many non-London & overseas members too)
Frequent & varied events in Central & West London; debates, talks ranging from social issues to science, lectures, friendly pub meetups, exhibitions, picnics ...free speech is never censored or hindered (we recognise the difference between being against ideas or people!). CELEBRATIONS are also an important feature of the group.
We explore serious issues (but embrace an unashamedly playful side, too) Our maxim: Humour often reaches where lectures don’t!
Open debate - no censoring! Anywhere, forums, events. We're against censoring in any form for adults. Expect civil (no personal comments), friendly, AND frank.
A peaceful activist platform (for those who want it - no pressure). We don't advocate 'forcing' atheism (it's an inevitable conclusion of thinking critically anyway!), we just want people to be ALLOWED to think for themselves, especially children. No violence/aggression, obviously, but no need for timidity either. Reason, critical thinking & egalitarianism are values to be promoted & celebrated - & we're confident, forthright and committed. We don't accept the term 'militant' - no militia is ever involved ;-) ...besides, atheism cures religious terrorism ;-)),
We facilitate & support (NO 'IMPOSING'!) doing *something* - whatever is right for YOU, your circumstances, disposition etc ...even if it's 'just' silent membership, or social only. Just by joining the group,you're already an activist becauseyou add to our weight to speak for those who can't help themselves, so thank you.
OTHER GROUPS/ORGANISATIONS we support, details of organisers' team: LINK.