for nontheists: Atheist Comedy & Vegan Potluck returns!

  • March 30, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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  • Dear VLI members: here's my dilemma about offering this event. On the one hand, I risk offending the theists in our group if I do. On the other hand, I'm bound to disappoint atheists/agnostics in our group if I don't. So my compromise is: I'm posting it, but not "announcing" it (which means members won't get anything about it in their email). I hope that's something everyone can live with, and I truly hope nobody will decide to leave the group over this. If you're not happy with how I've decided to handle it this time, your feedback/constructive criticism is welcome—feel free to email me at [masked].



    Here's Ted's announcement...


    A vegan potluck paired with 2 hours of the best irreverent atheist comedy on video (don't worry, there's an intermission). What's atheist comedy? It's comedy (in this case, mostly stand-up) that jokes about god and religion. See the lineup below to get an idea.

In the interest of open mindedness and cross pollination, this event is cross-posted in Long Island Atheists Meetup as well as this group, so you will meet some members of both groups.

We're starting earlier this time to take advantage of the outdoor patio. The forecast is a clear, sunny, 54 degrees with a slight breeze.

Please bring a vegan dish or vegan drinks to share; enough to feed 6 should be good (no hard liquor, vegan beer/wine/coolers more than welcome). Please don't worry if you can't bring anything - nobody will be turned away.

If you're unsure whether your dish or drink is vegan, you can post your question here, Google it, or ask me privately. Here's a pretty comprehensive list of all the vegan alcohol:
You can load that up on your smartphone right from the liquor store, or try these mobile apps which use the Barnivore data: .

On the comedy lineup:

Jim Jefferies, Seth MacFarlane, Bill Maher, Eugene Mirman, David Cross, Ricky Gervais, George Carlin, Greg Giraldo, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress, Jim Gaffigan, Anthony Jeselnik, Tim Minchin.


*** This comedy is NOT politically correct or rated PG. It may be OFFENSIVE. Bring your cursing caps and strap in. ***


NOTE: If you RSVP Yes, please come! If you change your mind, please change your RSVP to No so others can come. Space is limited so it's not fair to save a spot for an empty chair.


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  • Ted B.

    Thanks to everyone who came! It was a lot of fun, and great to see you guys. Sorry if it wasn't clear how long it would run due to having no ending time. I'll try to be clearer next time. Please take 3 minutes to do this really fun, fast survey I made, which will give me a better idea of how to shape the next one:

    It's anonymous, so don't hold back. ;-)

    April 1, 2013

  • Chris M.

    Hey folks! My Saturday errands have taken up much more of my day than I would have liked. It's nearly 3pm and I haven't even started to get ready. I'm still going to try to make it, but I'm going to be late. If I can't get there by 5pm, I may bow out.

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • Claudia

    Ted, I'm very sorry to have to cancel so late--re family transport issues.

    March 30, 2013

  • Ted B.

    So what are you bringing? :-)

    March 29, 2013

    • Ted B.

      It doesn't have to be fancy btw. If you can only bring vegan cookies or iced tea or some 2-Buck Chuck (Trader Joes' Charles Shaw wine, actually $3 in NY), that's splendid. Or don't bring anything, nobody will be turned away.

      March 29, 2013

  • Cara

    Would have liked to go but it's too lat to hang my work hours. Have fun, everyone!

    March 26, 2013

    • Jennifer G.

      Ted, just fyi: Cara joined VLI on Tuesday—that's why she didn't see this event sooner.

      1 · March 28, 2013

    • Ted B.

      Thanks for the clarification, Jennifer.

      March 29, 2013

  • Maria

    So sorry, need to cancel.

    March 26, 2013

    • Ted B.

      Sorry to hear that Maria.

      March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If a vegan group is anything, it should be to bring light to the respect and dignity for all life. To have an event that mock anyone's beliefs is in direct contradiction for this group and all like it. Even people who eat meat as a practice, something we are all against, we would never mock them or degrade who they are. We would welcome them openly and warmly and hope they see by our example that their are other options.

    We all have different beliefs/no beliefs on many different subjects, but what we need to always remember is that the root of all wrongs in this world, whether it be speciesism, sexism, homophobia, racism comes from lack of respect of the other.

    "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
    -Martin Luther King, Jr.

    2 · March 25, 2013

    • Karen N.

      Well folks, I wrote an "impassioned" response, only to be told, when I clicked on "submit" it was too long. If interested go to discussions and read "It's about your "rights" as an American, NOT about any one person's opinion. If it's a VEGAN MeetUp and your part of a VEGAN Group, then you should not feel you can control the reasons for a MU. PS. JG I did NOT receive notification of this MU in an email, I happened on it by going to the site itself, so I'm not sure how the "former member" received email I did not!

      1 · March 25, 2013

    • Jennifer G.

      Karen, thanks for your message board post—I just replied over there. About the email question: actually, Christopher (who is organizer of The Staten Island Vegetarian & Vegan Meetup) reported it showing up in his event feed. There are different kinds of feeds you can get, and I don't know much about them (although this page offers more info:­) As I just wrote over at the message board, to me, this wasn't about what I'm within my rights to do, as meetup organizer. To me, it's about what's in the best interest of promoting veganism. The feedback I've gotten indicates to me that the problem isn't offering a meetup for nontheists, it's having a meetup featuring "atheist comedy." I understand the difference, and I see the point.

      March 25, 2013

  • Karen N.

    Though not my personal "cup-o-tea", this is a VEGAN group, and it's to be expected that opinions might differ on other subjects! Someone is kindly offering their home for a VEGAN MU and I think it should be posted as usual!

    2 · March 25, 2013

  • Claudia

    Thanks,Jennifer & Ted, for your efforts on this.

    1 · March 13, 2013

  • Maria

    Mary Ann and Gary are my guests...

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Ted B.

    Please vote on the name!
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    March 9, 2013

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