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Twisted News: Headlines Regarding Secular People – A Case in Point
The Stamford Advocate had a front-page headline: “Religious doubts can raise suicide risk”. The Connecticut Post, also published by Hearst, gave it the headline “VA study shows link. Suicide rate higher among vets with doubts about marriage and religion”. It seems to be saying that secular people, especially veterans, who doubt religion, are more likely to commit suicide. So we decided to find the study upon which the headline was based, and found that nowhere in the study was the word “doubts” or “doubter” used, and in fact the impression given by the headlines was false. So at the July 23 Science Readers group meeting we will learn how the research was conducted, how observations are analyzed, and what the actual conclusions were, and speculate how the newspapers got it wrong. How do your religious feelings (or lack thereof) rank you for suicide risk, according to this new research? We’ll provide the sheet of some simple questions, and tell you what the research says. RSVP on or by emailing [masked] with “Vets” in the subject line. Emails will be replied with the research study and a cheat sheet for your optional preparation.

Silver Star Diner

210 Connecticut Ave · Norwalk, CT

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    The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC), Connecticut, seeks to promote Humanism and free thought in our community.

    Humanism is a progressive lifestance that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful, ethical lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity. Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that holds that opinions should be formed on the basis of logic, reason, and empiricism, rather than authority, tradition, or dogma.

    Our bywords are Reason and Compassion. We look for evidence as the basis of our beliefs about the world, and we embody compassion as our approach to others. We seek:

    1. To provide a forum for mutual and public education,

    2. To promote critical thinking and the separation of government and religion, and

    3. To form a warm, supportive community of thoughtful people.

    We welcome all who wish to participate. Also, visit our Facebook Page! (

    HFFC is an IRS-recognized 501(c )(3 ) educational organization. Membership contributions are tax-deductible. HFFC is an independent chapter of the American Humanist Association.

    Contact for answers to questions, information, and membership forms: John Levin, 646-221-9134,

    HFFC Board of Directors (aka Steering Committee):

    President: Cary Shaw

    Vice President: John Levin

    Secretary: Brandon Bisceglia

    Treasurer: Cary Shaw

    Program Director: Anita Peters

    Membership: Les Martel

    Technology: Herb Wexler

    Program Development: Fred Cunningham

    Outreach: John Levin and Brandon Bisceglia

    Key Players:

    Ann Stamler: Membership Support

    Joe Stamler: Stagecraft & Audio Visual

    Book Group: Anita Peters

    Science Readers Group: Ruth Light

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