I just wanted to bring to your attention a few events this week before our monthly MeetUp next Tuesday, invite you to participate in our next book discussion later this month, and bring to your attention some articles that should be of interest.
Hope that you are all having a restful summer!
"EXPOSING JERRY FALWELL" 25th ANNIVERSARY ON MONDAY, JULY 13
SacFAN member Jerry Sloan invites you to a reception commemorating the 25th anniversary of his confrontation on live television with the Reverend Jerry Falwell at the height of his "Moral Majority" notoriety. This confrontation resulted in a lawsuit, which Jerry won. The proceeds from that suit, issued by a check from Moral Majority, Inc., helped facilitate the establishment of the Lambda Community Center (later renamed the Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Community Center). More event details here
FREE SCREENING OF "THE EMPTY CHAIR" ON THURSDAY, JULY 16 The Empty Chair: Death Penalty Yes or No
is a documentary film that tells the stories of four families confronting the loss of loved ones and voicing different perspectives on the death penalty. The movie also features Sister Helen Prejean, an author and spiritual advisor to those condemned to die, and Donald Cabana, a former death row warden in Mississippi. There will be a Q&A after the film with death penalty expert Ellen Eggers. More event details here
BOOK DISCUSSION ON SUNDAY, JULY 26th
We will be talking about the first three chapters of Susan Jacoby's Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism
. More details here
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
Dan Gilgoff, A New Role for Religion in Obama's White House
, US News & World Report
(July 1, 2009)
Rob Boston, The Faith-Based Initiative 2.0: Can We Unplug It?
, Free Inquiry
David Gibson, The Pope Is a Liberal. Who Knew?
, Politics Daily
(July 7, 2009)
Jennifer Steinhauer, Civil Rights Group Divided Over Gay Marriage
, The New York Times (July 10, 2009)
Ross Douthat, The Audacity of the Pope
, The New York Times
(July 12, 2009)
Nick Farrantello, Star Trek Made Me an Atheist
, The Humanist