ELLEN JOHNSON "HOW NOT TO SUE IN ATHEIST COURT CASES" - NYCA - JUNE 8TH - BRUNCH

  • June 8, 2014 · 12:00 PM
  • PRESS BOX


          The Former AA Prez & Atheist Legend Analyzes, 

                At NYC Atheists Sunday  Brunch, June 8th, 

           "HOW NOT TO SUE IN ATHEIST COURT CASES" 

                   

                                                            ELLEN JOHNSON

Don’t get her wrong: Ellen Johnson is totally on the side of Atheists. It’s just that, as former president of American Atheists Inc.(AA), a position she held for 13 years, and as the hand-picked successor to that role by the late Madalyn Murray O’Hair herself, Johnson cannot understand why we Atheists are willing to settle for second best.


Johnson, herself a longtime fighter for Atheism in courts during her tenure in AA, was flabbergasted and disappointed that in the “Miracle Cross” case, our AA attorney asked only for a plaque saying that Atheists also died on 9/11, to be placed on the wall beside the steel beam “Cross.” That is wrong, Johnson says. “We want that Cross totally out of that state-supported museum!” 

A plaque?  “That is not about stopping actions that violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution! We need to fight for removal of all religious representations from properties supported by our Atheist tax money.”  Her motto for us, says the feisty, outspoken leader, is “Atheism First and to Hell with Equal Access!”

                                AA Founder’s Protege’

Ellen Johnson, who was Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s protege' while O’Hair was alive, carried on the leadership of the AA organization after O’Hair went missing in 1995. O’Hair and her family were found in a shallow grave in Texas in 2001.  They had been murdered by a former employee and ex-convict.

The feisty, outspoken and elegant Ellen Johnson not only kept AA alive while O’Hair and her family were missing, but took special pains to preserve O’Hair’s collection of old and rare Atheist books and magazines, some of which no public library would preserve because of their Atheist content. Currently, Johnson is the founder and head of  “Enlighten the Vote,” a nationwide organization that helps Atheist citizens run for public office.

                       Johnson: Courageous Atheist Legend

Come on June 8th to hear one of the Atheist legends of our time, the beauteous and courageous Ellen Johnson.  Come early, because whenever Ellen Johnson speaks to NYC Atheists, we have a full house and standing-room only.

Come and hear how Ellen Johnson, one of the few women fighters now extant in the U.S. secular movement, would have us hone our law suits for posterity’s sake.


                                                        EVENT SUMMARY


WHAT:        "How NOT to Sue in Atheist Court Cases," a talk by Ellen Johnson former president of American Atheists Inc. and currently head of “Enlighten the Vote,” an organization to help more Atheists run for office.


WHEN:         SUNDAY, JUNE 8,  at 12 p.m.


WHERE:       THE PRESS BOX - 932 Second Ave. (Bet. 49th / 50th Streets) – 2ND FLOOR.


COST:           Brunch is $20, including buffet entrees, salad, soft drink, coffee tax and tip.  We encourage seconds!




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  • Jane E.

    Ellen Johnson is my hero. She has the same mantra I do: Sue, sue, sue! Sue to get religion out of public places and the government, not to get equal space. As she pointed out today, "Blacks knew their 'separate but equal' schools were not equal to white schools. But they did not sue for equality. They sued for integrated schools--and they in the end, they won." She pointed out that when we Atheists sue to get, say, a plaque in the 9/11 Museum, we are suing for "an equal right to break the law."

    1 · June 8

  • Lawrence S.

    Ellen Johnson is not only a well informed person, but she is also a passionate speaker. It was an excellent luncheon.

    June 8

  • Julien L

    It was a great event, I'm glad I came, and I definitely want to be more involved.

    1 · June 8

    • S. H. J.

      Nice to meet you and looking forward to seeing you again.

      June 8

  • Julien L

    So this is my first meetup. How does it work, is there a dress code? Does the RSVP guarantee a seat or should I arrive early? Payment at the door?

    Thanks! Excited to meet fellow atheists!

    June 7

    • Julien L

      Ok, so what time do you suggest I should arrive?

      June 7

    • S. H. J.

      Noon is when people should start coming in; a few of us arrive earlier to help with setting up things for the brunch.

      June 7

  • Lee M.

    Sounds fun, I will do my best to attend.

    June 2

    • Jane E.

      For those who don't know, Lee Moore is known as The Angry Atheist in the triumvirate that initiated the Godless Revival. Michael Dorian is known as The Genial Host and Don Kennedy is God. (He's also a good musician.)

      June 2

    • Jane E.

      Since religious people think of us all as Angry Atheists, I guess the Godless Revival trio figured, hey, we might as well have a real Angry Atheist up here.

      June 2

  • Jane E.

    Susan, that is a mistake made by the Meetup organization. We actually have room for 60 to 75 people. I have contacted Ken Bronstein and asked him to take the limit of 20 off this meeting site.

    June 2

    • S. H. J.

      I hoped it would be something like that.

      June 2

  • S. H. J.

    Why only 20? Don't we need more to pay for the room at the Press Box>

    June 2

  • Jane E.

    You will find out today! Keep posted to this meetup site. You can be sure that the beauteous Ellen will be, as ever, exciting.

    1 · June 1

  • Julien L

    What will the subject be?

    June 1

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