SPEAKER: ADAM LEE
Halloween Night Speaker at NYCA!
Come in Costume!
NYC Atheists Halloween Eve Program to Include
A Prize for “Funniest or Most Original Costume Worn to a Meeting!”
Is Halloween the Time to Talk about the Morality of Atheists?
(Does the Pope Trick or Treat?)
What Better Time to Talk About How We Can Achieve
An ‘Objective Morality’ Than On a Night When Superstition Reigns!
Yes! We’re Having a Speaker on Halloween Evening: A delightful young man, weblogger Adam Lee, whose “Daylight Atheism” blog has won the attention of the New York secular community. After the meeting, which will end about 8:30, it’s Party time!
Adam Lee, author of Daylight Atheism, one of the largest and most popular weblogs devoted to Atheism, holds the view that morality is, and can only be, based on human happiness, and his real question is: How do we produce the most happiness for everyone?
Morality is tangible, Lee says, but it's not what religion says it is. "Religion says, 'Here are the rules straight from god. You must follow them or else!' Religious morality is based on ancient beliefs about what does or doesn't please the gods. I think the opinions of the gods are irrelevant. Morality is by humans and for humans, and only the interests and desires of human beings matter in figuring out what's right and what's wrong."
Atheist Moral Indiscretions?
Lee says he has always felt that the Atheist community is intrinsically more moral than the population in general but he admits that lately he has had to reconsider that belief in view of recent moral indiscretions of some prominent Atheists, such as lying on resume’s and predatory sexist actions. He feels sad that we apparently still have a long way to go to to achieve the high standard of morality he feels Atheists are capable of.
Adam Lee holds a graduate degree from Columbia University. He has been a speaker at Atheist youth conferences such as Skepticon and the Secular Student Alliance. He says he looks forward to speaking to fellow Atheists on Halloween night and feels that the costumes and general mayhem are a good backdrop for reflection on morality: “The spirits have not helped us much in the past.”
Come on Thursday, October 31, to hear this fascinating young man whose in-depth thinking about the meaning of morality gives all of us hope for the ascendance of Atheism in the future!
Party Time Afterwards!
And don’t forget: You may wear your Halloween costume to this meeting! THERE WILL BE A PRIZE FOR THE MOST ORIGINAL COSTUME WORN TO THE MEETING. There is a Halloween party afterward (for NYCA members only) at the private home of a member. Instructions on how to get there after the meeting will be announced and many attendees will go together.
WHAT: "IS THERE AN OBJECTIVE MORALITY FROM AN ATHEIST VIEWPOINT? A TALK BY ADAM LEE, author of the weblog Daylight Atheism. Also, a prize for the best costume worn to this meeting!
WHEN: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: SLC Conference Center - 15 West 39th St. - 3rd Floor
COST: NYC Atheists suggests a voluntary donation of $10 to help defray the cost of the meeting place. Students and unemployed, free.