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Re: [atheists-24] Meetup details changed: NYC ATHEISTS FEBRUARY MEETUP

From: John G.
Sent on: Saturday, February 18, 2012 7:10 PM
Definitely want to make it--hope I can.

John G.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jane Everhart <[address removed]>
To: atheists-24-announce <[address removed]>
Sent: Fri, Feb 17,[masked]:57 pm
Subject: [atheists-24] Meetup details changed: NYC ATHEISTS FEBRUARY MEETUP

I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:
When: Tuesday, February 21,[masked]:00 PM
Where: Stone Creek
140 E 27th St. (3/Lex)
New York, NY 10011
This Meetup repeats on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.
If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP "No" or "Yes".)
You can always get in touch with me through my group profile on Meetup.
Is Congress Trying to Muscle America Into Being a Christian Nation?
What Does This Do to America’s Treasured Diversity?
Michael Dorian is tee’d off.  He cites three recent congressional or state legislative actions that seem to send America over the edge into Christian La-la land. Check these three bills out:
1. Congress just passed a bill endorsing religious symbols as war memorials. 
2. Congress recently re-affirmed the national motto: In God We Trust  
3. Kentucky's Department of Homeland Security can now officially call on Almighty God to protect its citizens.
The first bill would allow a 43-foot cross on Mount Soledad in La Jolla, California, which honors Korean War veterans, to stay there, even though it has been legally challenged for 20 years and the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said last year that it is unconstitutional. This same bill would also allow a prayer by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to be installed the World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington. 
The second congressional action mentioned above declares our national motto to be  “In god We Trust” and would allow it to be engraved onto our nation’s Capitol Visitor Center.
The third action, perhaps the craziest of all, allows the state of Kentucky, within its state constitution, to call on god to maintain its homeland security!
 Sneaking Religion Into Our Laws
Dorian, a filmmaker and playwright who leads New York City Atheists’  forthright--and sometimes volatile--Tuesday Night Discussion Group, wants to know what’s going on here. 
He asks: “Is Congress trying to muscle American into really being a Christian nation?  And does that promote the diversity that America claims to treasure?”
Are these bills, which are transparently and brazenly sneaking religion into our national and state laws, a mere harbinger of what’s  to come? Will we soon get “memorial” crosses planted in every town and city park in America?  Will prayers be inserted into all our historical displays?  Will god be the new marshall for protecting our homeland? 
How Do We Fight Back?
How can we fight back?  For every suit the secular community files challenging the constitutionality of putting religious statuary and objects on public property, the religious legislative conspiracy files three bills allowing them. 
And Congress, top-heavy with religious conformists, votes approval of the religious symbols.  Is our Constitution in danger?  Is our freedom from religion withering away as religious artifacts pop up in our malls, our parks, our museums, our courthouses--everywhere? Is no place safe from religion’s octopus-like tentacles?
Come on Tuesday to join Michael Dorian in examining this escalating and alarming trend.  Tell us your own fears about the encroaching religiosity.  Give us your ideas about  taking back our secular freedoms. How do we defend ourselves against the onslaught of the religious wave that is trying to take over our democracy?
Join a friendly group of like-minded Atheists  on Tuesday, and with supportive compatriots, share your thoughts with us in a warm, hospitable atmosphere.
                      A CHRISTIAN NATION?  A discussion led by Michael Dorian, filmmaker,
                       playwright and longtime leader of freethinker discussions.
WHEN:       TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012 at 7 p.m.
                     140 East 27th Street (bet. 3rd & Lex)
COST:         FREE.  But participants are expected a drink or food to compensate
                    Stone Creek for use of their space. There is a connoisseurs’ selection of
                    beers and reasonably priced knoshies.

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