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NJHN January Discussion Meeting: Are You a Silent Atheist or Movement Atheist?

NJHN January Discussion Meeting: Are You a Silent Atheist or Movement Atheist?

Daniel Fincke, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and atheist blogger at Camels With Hammers, has written two posts discussing silent atheists and four types of vocal (or movement) atheists. Please read these two links in advance of the meeting and join us to discuss your views. If you prefer the term "secular humanist" over "atheist," feel free to substitute it for purposes of our discussion.

Silent Atheists

4 Kinds of Movement Atheist

For the second half of the meeting, we'll talk about our group's future plans. WE NEED YOUR INPUT AND HELP!

We want our humanist group to grow -- in size, in visibility, in activism. We're often asked why we're not doing X or Y, or if we get involved in Z. Whether we can do those things depends on the willingness of our members to get involved. Here's an incomplete list of suggestions we've received through the years. Which of these do you think are important? Is your interest missing? It's that resolution time of the year! Are you willing to become more involved -- volunteer a few hours a month with other humanists to help NJHN reach out to the growing "nones"?

A. More NJHN activities
   1) Book discussion group
   2) Movie night
   3) Family activities
   4) Outdoor activities
   5) ?

B. Communications
   1) Press releases for NJHN events
   2) Letters to Editor, Op-Eds
   3) NJ Faces of Humanism campaign
   4) ?

C. Community Outreach
   1) LGBT
   2) Local charitable groups
   3) Secular students
   4) Military
   5) Correctional facilities
   6) ?

D. Church-State Separation
   1) Legislative actions
   2) Public school threats
   3) Holiday displays
   4) Government prayer
   5) ?

E. Political activism
   1) Promote secular inclusion
   2) Reject religious exclusion
   3) Oppose religious exemptions
   4) Positions on other issues (medical marijuana, etc.)
   5) Darwin Day/World Humanist Day proclamations
   6) ?

Come at 1:30 pm to socialize. The program will begin at 1:45 pm. After the meeting, everyone is welcome to join us for an early dinner at Stage House Tavern, 1719 Amwell Road, Somerset (this is just around the corner from the library).

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