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New Meetup: American Atheists Minnesota Conference, Sunday, Sept. 19, 12:45 p.m., Edina

From: Jack C.
Sent on: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 9:08 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Minnesota Atheists Meetup Group!

What: American Atheists Minnesota Conference, Sunday, Sept. 19, 12:45 p.m., Edina

When: Sunday, September 19,[masked]:45 PM

Where: Southdale Library
7001 York Ave South
Edina, MN 55435

Minnesota Atheists usually begins its monthly membership meetings in September. This year, however, we will have only a business meeting, from noon to 12:45, and are ceding the space at the Southdale Library for the rest of the afternoon to American Atheists for their Minnesota Conference, presented by their state director, Randall Tigue. The program will go until 5 p.m.

Five speakers headline the conference:

GEORGE ERICKSON is one of our freethought community?s best known activists. He lives in Eveleth, Minnesota, the base from which he travels the Arctic in his bush plane, the Tundra Cub. He has written several proscience travel books, one of which, True North: Exploring the Great Wilderness by Bush Plane, was a bestseller in Canada. Others are Time Traveling with Science and the Saints, Back to the Barrens: On the Wing with da Vinci & Friends, and Eyes Wide Open, an anthology of stories about life without religion. He will speak on ?Science, Faith and our Global Environment.?

CECIL BOTHWELL is the atheist councilmember in Asheville, North Carolina, who was under attack there for being an atheist. Religious bigots tried to have him removed from office but, thanks to the U.S. Constitution, it was not possible. The Secular Coalition for America has named Bothwell one of four national Secular American Leaders. He has written a book critical of evangelist Billy Graham, so he doesn?t mind being a truthful troublemaker in the Deep South. His speech topic is ?We?re All in this Together: Faith and Reason and Their Consequences.?

CRYSTAL DERVETSKI, ?The Sunny Skeptic? from Waseca, Minnesota, is a dynamic organizer of meetups for younger freethinkers and is the face of the future of atheism. She will talk about ?How to Work with Woo Thinking without Losing Touch with Reality.? (Woo is shorthand for pseudoscientific/ anti-scientific ideas.)

LAVANAM is a director of social work at the Atheist Centre in Vijayawada, India. He is a son of Gora and Saraswathi, founders of Atheist Centre. He has spent his life doing social reform projects, such as breaking down caste divisions and establishing criminal reform projects. Lavanam will speak on ?Who Can Save the Future? Finding Safety in Community in a Complex World.?

DR. WILLIAM ?BILL? VAN DRUTEN will come from Duluth, Minnesota, to add some humor to the conference. He attracted attention a few years ago by opposing Catholic-secular hospital mergers in Duluth ? mergers which forced all staff and patients to adhere to Catholic doctrine regarding medical care. He also was the leading campaigner to get a Ten Commandments monument off the Dulth City Hall lawn. He will speak about ?The Day Our Play Group Got Redirected.?

This is sure to be an informative event, with a chance to meet other nonbelievers from across the state and beyond. Hope to see you there!

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