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Moments Creating a Hispanic Humanist—A Typical Story that Isn’t

  • Sep 22, 2013 · 10:30 AM
  • Baltimore Ethical Society

Those attending today will hear the real story of a typical Latino immigrant who lived in poverty as a pre-teen and had a greater probability to be in prison than to attend college. Through a series of single-point-of-failure events — or thanks to a random individual here and there — or because of one “lucky” or “unlucky” instance, today’s speaker recently found himself starting his PhD at Virginia Tech. This short story starts with extreme religiosity but ends with a true secular skeptic who loves science. This story points to how each one of us, though we not even notice it, can make a significant and absolute difference in the life of someone. Tamayo will point to some things we can do today to create these a “lucky” incidents for someone — especially for someone who belongs to the largest minority group in the U.S. and for someone in an ethnic group that is still openly discriminated in many parts of the country. This story will show that we can all create our own futures, even when the odds are against us. Tamayo will conclude by presenting a couple of mind-blowing statistical numbers while enlightening you regarding the magnitude of this topic. This short presentation will empower you with a greater understanding of how secularism in the Latino population is achievable, desirable, and imperative for the future well being of our nation.

Speaker Bio: David Tamayo is president and founder of Hispanic American Freethinkers (HAFree). HAFree is the only national Hispanic non-profit 501(c)3 organization in the U.S. that promotes freethought, critical thinking skills, and secularism among our country’s many Latino communities. Tamayo has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from George Washington University and a master’s degree in management of information technology from University of Virginia at Charlottesville. He is vice president of technology for an engineering firm in Washington, DC. As a member of several secular organizations, Tamayo always encourages everyone, especially Hispanics, to join and be active in as many groups as possible and to come out of the closet about lack of supernatural belief. So far this year Tamayo has received invitations to speak at many conferences including the Annual American Atheist Convention, the American Humanist Association’s annual conference, the West Coast Secular Student Alliance Convention, the North Texas Secular Annual Meeting, the PA Atheists Convention, and Skepticon 2014. In July of this year, he appeared on the Atheism TV show “Road to Reason,” (YouTube available), and this June he was a guest on “Dogma Debate” (podcast available), and he is one of the permanent hosts of HAFree’s own Spanish podcast on Latino freethought. A founding board member of Camp Quest Chesapeake in the Washington, DC area, Tamayo has a long track record as a Freemason (you’ll have to ask him if you want to know more). Two words that aptly describe Tamayo are “secular educator” as he often gives seminars to Hispanic high school students in Northern Virginia about critical thought, questioning of culture, and the future for today’s youth.

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