General Meeting: Speaker/Humorist CJ Werleman

  • January 26 · 11:00 AM
  • Center for Inquiry - Los Angeles

CJ Werleman is the engaging and entertaining voice of today’s new atheists, and for progressives who’ve had enough of stupid. His meticulous examination of the world’s major religions has the faithful abandoning superstition for reason, and the non-believers chest thumping the facts to evangelical friends and family. And he never loses sight of funny.

With a razor sharp wit and the cross examination skills of many of your favorite television trial lawyers, CJ applies a blowtorch to ancient beliefs written by men who believed the shovel to be emergent technology, and a wife the monetary value of two goats.

CJ is the author of the international best seller God Hates You, Hate Him Back, and newly released Crucifying America (The Unholy Alliance Between the Christian Right and Wall Street). A feauture columnist for Alternet and Salon, he is also a regular guest on the Sirius network, and a sought after keynote speaker.

Discover why he thinks cupcakes, donkeys, and sombreros are funny. You will be entertained and you never know – you just may learn a thing or four.

Food

A complimentary lunch is provided after the talk. We’ll get a chance to meet, talk and get to know one another. 

AU Kids
Children are welcome to join our AU Kids program. It’s like a Sunday school for secular parents. The children have another area where they play and learn during the main event. Parents are free to attend the main event or stay with their children during the meeting. After the main event, we all come together for lunch.

Cost
This meeting is free and open to the public.

Parking
Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building.

Attendance
About[masked] people attend our meetings so you’re sure to have a good time and meet lots of new people.

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Note: Registration begins at 10:30am

 

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  • Ellie

    Fabulous, stimulating, somewhat frightening (in terms of the realities that CJ talked about in terms of the influence of the religious conservative fundamentalist right) -- So glad I was there.
    My first AU meeting and appreciate the warm welcome by some older members!

    2 · January 28

    • Steven Paul L.

      And we continue that welcome, Ellie. Please return anytime!

      January 28

    • Ellie

      thanks Steven -- I'll be back!

      January 28

  • Gary H

    Werleman really laid into the organized atheist community on the theme that making progress and defeating political regression and the right wing (which I am certain includes non-Christians and atheists as well) requires a progressive outlook and politics. This lecture to organized atheists is long over due. And Atheists United should now be fertile ground for developing this critical approach. This
    counterweight to the organized atheism of Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's philosophy of selfishness, austerity for the lower classes and the rule of money should be welcomed. Organized atheists can become a vital support of Bold Progressives and the defeat of plutocracy and oligarchy. - Gary

    1 · January 26

  • Gary H

    In case you miss the presentation at Atheists United this Jan. 26 morning here is a presentation on YouTube. Atheist Alliance of America 2013 National Convention: CJ Werleman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    And there are others... - Gary

    January 26

    • Gary H

      His presentation at Atheist United in Los Angeles was bolder and different with even greater emphasis on the view that organized atheism should be more progressive.

      1 · January 26

  • diane h.

    made many good points, Atheist et al must become activist.

    2 · January 26

  • Evangeline

    You can text or call me at[masked]

    January 25

  • Evangeline

    If anyone is going from the south bay or further south (I can meet you near Carson exit on 405) may I car pool with you. I don't like driving that far of a distance.

    January 25

  • Daniel B.

    Really wanted to make this one, but I'm in Chicago

    January 25

  • Neal N.

    I'm sad to say I won't be able to make this one after all. I'm getting called into work.

    January 24

  • Alfred

    Can't wait!

    January 24

  • Carl

    The video of comedian Ian Harris from the November 24th Atheists United meeting is now on YouTube at:
    http://youtu.be/pd_BREPYKPw­ or http://youtu.be/vriwCM1CiYI­

    2 · January 13

  • Carl

    A video on Atheists and Skeptics in the Black Community: http://youtu.be/InzsWmWcJ-4­­

    2 · January 11

  • Eric D.

    Here is a real practical problem for both conservative atheists and progressive atheists. Should religion-based medical practice be regulated by the government? Christian faith healing is protected by the First Amendment. But other spirit-energy based “medical” practices are regulated by government boards, such as Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic, Ayurveda, and other New Age “Energy”-Healers. Should Big Government regulate one religion-based medical practice, and protect the other? (My scientifically illiterate “atheist” attorney in Palo Alto gives testimonials about his Chiropractor and Acupuncturist – please do not respond with another pseudo-atheists testimonial about your own “energy-healer” that “worked for you”.)

    3 · January 7

    • Eric D.

      @ Neal - I disagree. (Although your viewpoint is shared with many or most skeptics - about testing nonsense as necessary to disspell it. No one would suggest testing Christian Faith Healing (which is 2,000 years old, so by the age = truth criteria, would be true). If a practice is based on supernatural beliefs and contradicts the rest of science, whatever tests confirmed the rest of science are also tests of the supernatural theory. (Acupuncture is worse than most nonsense, since it cannot be tested. There is no objective location of an acupuncture point to test against a sham point nearby.)

      January 11

    • Neal N.

      I see your point.

      January 11

  • Eric D.

    Will I be able to attend this talk at 11am, and still make the Skeptics lecture series talk at Caltech at 2pm?

    2 · January 7

    • Eric D.

      I will rely on you not to allow me to get caught up in discussions and miss the Caltech talk.

      January 7

    • TRICIA

      Eric, I used to go to AU and CFI lectures, then to Skeptics, when my car ran better. Just get to Skeptics by 1pm if you can.

      1 · January 9

  • Laura J R.

    Spare me, Gary! I doubt I'm any more "close minded" than you are. I didn't think when I joined an Atheist Meetup, it would involve political proselytizing. I was naive, what can I say? I know better now. By the way, I'm not in the Tea Party.

    January 2

    • James W

      I know how compassionate "libertarian" anarcho-capitalists are -- to themselves. To test the (faith-based, reality-refuted) theory that removing all government services would magically create peace and prosperity, I might suggest taking an extended vacation in a country like Somalia. But as I do not worship at the altar of greed and sociopathy, I actually care about your well-being. Hope you have better luck with the skeptical thinking thing in the future. Do come to this event; you might find CJW informative.

      3 · January 8

    • Gary H

      "My impression is that 90% of the folks who join atheist groups are left-wing." I wish! "And that appears to be the case in secular humanist groups as well." more likely but probably not. 'Left' by the way, is a term that covers a huge range of issues and a broad range of responses to issues. The left is far far more divided than the right wing. SSSsssssoooo, PLEASE do not paint all the left with the same brush! If you want to demonize the Humanist movement I would suggest that there or much more deserving groups to put down. I'm sure there are probably many atheists that would agree that Humanism is not deserving of the wrath of even reasonable conservative atheists. - Gary

      3 · January 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds boss. I'll ride my bike over and see you all there :)

    2 · January 8

  • Gary H

    Top 10 Scientific Breakthroughs of 2013. http://www.sciencedaily.com/rel...­

    1 · January 7

  • James W

    Great cultural/political commentary from Mr. Werleman lately in Salon and Alternet. He's gone where others have feared to tread -- challenging atheists and secularists to be unabashedly progressive. http://www.alternet.org/authors...­

    4 · January 3

  • Laura J R.

    Will not come to events that push a leftist political agenda. Sorry, folks. When I see the word "progressive," I see "red," pun intended.

    And, by the way, the hyphens in the middle of sentences is very annoying and stu- pid (hyphen and misplaced word space intended). Does somebody know how to fix this?

    January 2

    • Gary H

      Good. Stay home. Closed minded people will not be missed. Personally, I'm trying to clean up my life of Tea Party atheists. It's like a New Year's resolution. - Gary

      4 · January 2

    • TRICIA

      I just ended a 9-year friendship with a republican who said he is anti-union and pro-walmart. He said his co-workers would never be friends with someone with health problems like me. With friends like that who needs enemies. I told him to stay over there in Affluenza in Simi Valley. Good riddance to him.

      2 · January 2

  • Neal N.

    Respectfully speaking the dichotomy between liberal/conservative, and certainly going so far as characterizing conservatives as fascist and liberals as leftist or marxist is an uncritical label. Its a little two toned and really there's a far greater spectrum of gray. I genuinely enjoy conversation with conservatives. Ive no agenda save a belief in representational government. I like perspectives different from my own, especially from an intellect that rivals my own, its more reason to exercise reason whilst in dialogue. I might add socializing with people of different persuasions is instrumental in creating a more successful and collaborative environment; the relative silence among atheist politicians is a concern that need run across party lines. I hardly believe Mr. Werleman has an agenda so much as a bug (I prescribe to contagion theory) and without your presence, let alone reception and exercised resistance to such ideas in the form of conversation, you remain unheard.

    3 · January 2

  • TRICIA

    A "leftist political agenda" and "progressive" is right in line with my views so I will definitely be there.

    2 · January 2

  • Carl

    You can find the video of Dr. Peter Boghossian’s Q&A from the previous meeting at http://youtu.be/zksBMdcCzVU­ or http://youtu.be/cFeXWkMebII­

    1 · December 26

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