|Sent on:||Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:08 PM|
Our guest speaker from Connecticut Common Cause will not be able to talk for us in November, so Doug Peary, our vice president and author of “Humanist Heroes,” will step in with a talk on H. L. Mencken.
Henry Louis (H.L.) Mencken, the Sage of Baltimore, was a Scholar, Writer, Editor, critic, humorist and Iconoclast who cared about people but savagely attacked Fundamentalist Religion, Politics and Racism. He was born, the first of of his family, of German descent, in 1880 and died in 1956. He was raised in Racism, and to love Germany. He was racist himself for many years and was told by his first Editor that, “A dull notice is not worth printing. Put slaughter in it and knock someone in the head every day.” Finally he learned what was important, apologized for his racism, and counter attacked. He is most famously known for his writing in support of Evolution and against Fundamentalism, at the Scopes Trial in Tennessee in the 1920's.
We'll start with thirty minutes of coffee and conversation at 7:30 p.m. The talk will follow brief announcements at 8:00 PM.