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The Humanists of Fort Worth is a dues supported organization for atheists and freethinkers in the greater Fort Worth area. We are independent minds seeking truth through empirical evidence, reason, and science, rather than through dogma, tribal folklore, mythology, and superstition.

Humanism is a philosophy of life that affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives that aspire to the greater good of the world without reference to the supernatural. We agree with Thomas Paine, the Father of the American Revolution, when he said, "My country is the world, and my religion is to do good," and with Robert Ingersoll, "My creed is this: happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so."

Please join our Meetup group and visit us at one or more of our scheduled events. If you like us, we hope you will become a dues paying member. Dues are only $25 per person per year, $40 per couple or household, and $10 for students.

Our regular meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month at the Westside Unitarian Universalist Church in Fort Worth (attendance is higher than the RSVPs reflect). What distinguishes us from other area freethinker groups is that we offer thought-provoking speakers and topics at our regular meetings. Our discussion board will give you samples of some of the topics that interest us:

https://www.meetup.com/Humanists-of-Fort-Worth/messages/boards/forum/1814361

We also offer social activities which we announce on this site.

Why, you might ask, do we meet at a church? Unitarian Universalist ("UU") churches have no dogma, and many UUs are atheists and freethinkers. In fact, the modern American humanist movement was co-founded by three Unitarian ministers. Our local organization was co-founded by a beloved minister of the Westside UU church who was himself an atheist. The Westside UU Church continues to support us by providing a great meeting place. Frankly WE WOULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT WESTSIDE'S SUPPORT, and we appreciate them. Prior to putting up our Meetup site, virtually all of our members found out about our group from attending Westside and its Adult Forum, and several of our core, dues paying members are members of Westside.

Find out more about us at our other website:

http://hofw.org (http://hofw.org/)

All dues paying members are welcome to join our Planning Committee and have a say and a vote about future speakers, topics, and events and to run for office at our annual election. Our group is only as good as our members make it.

The Humanists of Fort Worth was granted a chapter charter by the American Humanist Association. We are also an Affiliated Local Group of the Council for Secular Humanism, and a member of the DFW Coalition of Reason, an umbrella organization for freethinker groups in North Texas.

Click the following link if you need the services of a Humanist Minister (http://www.hofw.org/minister.htm) or Celebrant for weddings, namings, and memorials.

Lastly, help support us and show your solidarity with the humanist community by buying one of our attractive, unique coffee mugs pictured above here (http://www.hofw.org/coffee.html).

All are welcome to attend our events, but if you are a devotee of some religion, please don't attend for the purpose of proselytizing or discussing your religion (yes, this has happened). This is a private group created to provide a space that allows nontheists to enjoy the company of other nontheists. In other words, attend if you wish, but please keep your religious beliefs to yourself.

Upcoming events (4+)

American Myths: Columbus to the Present Day (In Person and Online Meeting)

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Our group historian, retired Attorney John Britt, will present a series of myths people in our culture live by, beginning with Columbus' "discovery" of America, which already had 100 million indigenous people living in it when he arrived. From there, he will take us through many false beliefs in popular culture from the Revolutionary War through the present day.

The meeting is hybrid, i.e., online and in-person. We meet in person at Westside Unitarian Universalist Church, 901 Page Avenue, Fort Worth, TX in a glass classroom located to the left just inside the red doors. Doors open around 6:30 p.m. for setup and chat. We encourage full vaccination for all attendees. Masks are optional inside the building. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a group discussion.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Special Invitation to HoFW from Metroplex Atheists

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Join the Metroplex Atheists as we host Andrew L. Seidel for One Night Only. Andrew Seidel will be here discussing his new book, American Crusade: How The Supreme Court is Weaponizing Religious Freedom. Signed copies of his book will be available for sale at the event for $20. Limited quantity. First come, first served. Food and drink (full bar) are available and encouraged.
Andrew is an author and attorney who’s defended the First Amendment for more than a decade, both in and out of court. Andrew dedicated his career to challenging religious privilege and battling Christian Nationalism.
Description of the book from Amazon:
Is a fight against equality and for privilege a fight for religious supremacy? Andrew L. Seidel, a Constitutional attorney and author of the critically acclaimed book The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American, dives into the debate on religious liberty, the modern attempt to weaponize religious freedom, and the Supreme Court's role in that “crusade.”
Constitutional attorney Seidel examines some of the key Supreme Court cases of the last thirty years—including Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (a bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple), Trump v. Hawaii (the anti-Muslim travel ban case), American Legion v. American Humanist Association (related to a group maintaining a 40-foot Christian cross on government-owned land), and Tandon v. Newsom (a Santa Clara Bible group exempted from Covid health restrictions), as well as the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade—and how a hallowed legal protection, freedom of religion, has been turned into a tool to advance privilege and impose religion on others. This is a meticulously researched and deeply insightful account of our political landscape with a foreword provided by noted constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, author of The Case Against the Supreme Court.
The issue of church versus state is more relevant than ever in today’s political climate and with the conservative majority status of the current Supreme Court. This book is a standout on the shelf for fans of Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. Readers looking for critiques of the rise of Christian nationalism, like Jesus and John Wayne, and examinations like How Democracies Die will devour Seidel's analysis.

Saturday Social: Details to Come

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Starting Saturday, August 6, 2022 and every two weeks thereafter, I intend to host a Saturday Social event at a local establishment in Fort Worth.

Saturday Social is intended to give the members of the Humanists of Fort Worth more opportunities to meet others who share their philosophies of life, the universe, and everything in a non-theistic environment while having some food, drinks, and entertainment. Fun without theism.

Myself, I’m doing this because I don’t know a lot of people who aren’t theists. Fortunately, my wife is an Atheist, otherwise, I’d be alone in that. That’s why being a part of this organization has started to become a lot more meaningful to me.

I want to do something to help it grow and become a more vibrant and active group of non-theists who believe in the values of Humanism.
In my experience, most people come to non-theism at a later stage in life, having experienced life and having concluded what theism is, and isn’t for them.

For me, Saturday Social is about building and growing our own non-theistic community of Humanists, right here in Fort Worth. We can help people, especially younger people, find their way to a more robust life away from the superstition and extremism of organized and unorganized theism.

Rather than write a treatise on my philosophies on theism and Humanism, I invite you all to join me as often as you can every other Saturday starting August 6th, location and time still to be determined, for food, drinks, conversation, music, games, and whatever other activities we can come up with. Let’s make being a Humanist in Fort Worth... You tell me what you think being a Humanist in Fort Worth is and should be.

Stay tuned for updated Locations and Times: 42

https://americanhumanist.org/what-is-humanism/manifesto3/
Thanks for all the fish,

Tommy Engel

Saturday Social: Details to Come

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Starting Saturday, August 6, 2022 and every two weeks thereafter, I intend to host a Saturday Social event at a local establishment in Fort Worth.

Saturday Social is intended to give the members of the Humanists of Fort Worth more opportunities to meet others who share their philosophies of life, the universe, and everything in a non-theistic environment while having some food, drinks, and entertainment. Fun without theism.

Myself, I’m doing this because I don’t know a lot of people who aren’t theists. Fortunately, my wife is an Atheist, otherwise, I’d be alone in that. That’s why being a part of this organization has started to become a lot more meaningful to me.

I want to do something to help it grow and become a more vibrant and active group of non-theists who believe in the values of Humanism.
In my experience, most people come to non-theism at a later stage in life, having experienced life and having concluded what theism is, and isn’t for them.

For me, Saturday Social is about building and growing our own non-theistic community of Humanists, right here in Fort Worth. We can help people, especially younger people, find their way to a more robust life away from the superstition and extremism of organized and unorganized theism.

Rather than write a treatise on my philosophies on theism and Humanism, I invite you all to join me as often as you can every other Saturday starting August 6th, location and time still to be determined, for food, drinks, conversation, music, games, and whatever other activities we can come up with. Let’s make being a Humanist in Fort Worth... You tell me what you think being a Humanist in Fort Worth is and should be.

Stay tuned for updated Locations and Times: 42

https://americanhumanist.org/what-is-humanism/manifesto3/
Thanks for all the fish,

Tommy Engel

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