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Welcome to the Atheists, Agnostics, & Apostates of Raleigh Meetup. If you enjoy the company of other secular-minded individuals, this is the place for you. I was a member of an atheist group in Annapolis, MD, and I want to bring that community here to the RTP area.

Some of you may have grown up secular, or maybe you grew up in a religious household and have now strayed from the faith. In any case, you are welcome to join our group. I know how difficult it can be when you are the atheist in a family of religious people. Having an open-minded environment to express your views and discuss ideas is what this group is all about.

We will meet up for drinks and conversation, coffee, happy hours, and maybe even some activities like museums or movie nights. Conversations often revolve around things like religion, atheism, philosophy, and science, but are just as likely to evolve into discussions about which terminator film is the best and whether we should abolish the penny (who pays in pennies anymore??!?)

Things this group is NOT about:

1. It's not a place for religious people to come win converts. If you are religious or you are on the fence and want to see what us secular types are up to, by all means come and have a drink with us. Just don't use our group as a place to preach. :)

2. This isn't a dating group. If you meet a special someone in the process, great! But coming here for the sole purpose of finding romance isn't what this group is about.

3. we aren't a political or activist group. I am a lefty myself and sometimes talk about politics, but this group isn't meant to be a rallying group for political causes or candidates.


We abide by Meetup's group and event policies:

In addition, the Atheists, Agnostics, and Apostates of Raleigh adhere to the following policy on nondiscrimination:

"Our goal is to create a space where atheists, agnostics, and apostates of all backgrounds can feel comfortable socializing and connecting. As such, we have a zero-tolerance policy against any and all forms of racism, xenophobia, bigotry, or hatred. Part of what makes our group fun and interesting is the varied backgrounds of our members. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination based on race, national origin, ethnicity, cultural background, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Violations of this policy should be reported immediately to one of the group organizers and are grounds for dismissal from the group. We also believe that being an atheist does not mean one has to reject every aspect of their culture. Many atheists still celebrate Christmas, Ramadan, Diwali, and Rosh Hoshana, even if they reject the religious or superstitious aspects of those holidays. It is possible to be an atheist and still value and appreciate some aspects of one’s heritage or cultural background!"

I look forward to getting to know each of you!