Our May Monthly Gathering features Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar, Founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement. Born and raised in Iraq, Faisal lived as an open atheist in the Middle East while writing openly about humanism and secularism for publications such as Big Think and The National Post.

While in Iraq he also founded the Global Secular Humanist Movement, a Facebook group which now has over 177,000 followers. As a result of these activities Faisal received death threats which resulted in him seeking asylum in the United States, where he now resides in Houston, Texas.

Our City-Wide Monthly Gathering is the cornerstone of all HOH activities, where people from the entire Houston and surrounding areas are invited to come. We generally start with announcements and a brief presentation of a humanist topic, followed by guest speaker and Q&A/discussion.

For more on Faisal:

Interview by David G. McAfee

Clip from Upcoming Documentary, "Refusing My Religion"

Personal Website

NOTE: At this Monthly Gathering we will be contributing to a food drive to benefit those affected by the explosion in the community of West, TX.

The most-needed items are:

• Peanut butter and crackers
• Pop-top cans of fruit, vegetables, apple sauce
• Canned tuna & chicken
• Fruit juice
• Granola bars & cereal bars

Bottled water is NOT needed, and baby food cannot be accepted. Also, please do not bring clothing. Thank you for your generosity as we provide assistance to a community in dire need of help at this time.


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  • Jimmy D.

    Looking forward to hearing him.

    May 17, 2013

  • Tanya J.

    It will be my first meetup with HOH too. I actually live in Dallas. I will be in Houston for a job fair so I decided to come visit y'all while I am there!

    May 15, 2013

  • Guy C.

    This will be my first visit to a Humanist gathering. I'm looking forward to the experience.

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Zahra

    my first time as well

    May 14, 2013

  • Lyle S.

    I hope to make it... dependent upon nephew's graduation plans.

    May 11, 2013

  • Vic W.

    Video has been posted of Faisal's talk at Houston Oasis last week, which was a short preview of what he will be talking about on 5/18: http://youtu.be/TZ-Xuqvl4_s

    May 5, 2013

  • Vic W.

    BTW, for a preview of what Faisal will be speaking about in May, Faisal will be providing the "Community Moment" at Houston Oasis on Sunday, April 28th, which will be about a 10-minute version of his full-length talk.


    April 19, 2013

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