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What we’re about

Do you have a rational worldview based on the natural world? Do you seek ethical models based on reason and compassion? Do you have an affinity and respect for science and skepticism? Are you looking to meet others like you in one of the most religiously conservative corners of California? Then please check us out!
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1. How was this group started?

The Antelope Valley Freethinkers Meetup Group was founded in 2007 as an affiliate of Atheists United, an organization based in Los Angeles, CA. On May 15, 2009, the group became Antelope Valley Freethinkers, Inc., an independent, non-profit corporation. Our first executive board was elected on June 20, 2009. In May 2023, we re-affiliated with Atheist United. Our current officers are David Stansifer, treasurer, and David Dionne, president.

2. What is a freethinker?

There are many definitions of "freethinker," but for the purposes of this group, a freethinker is someone whose worldview is based on reason, objective evidence, and compassion without relying on tradition, authority, or dogma, especially those associated with religion. Freethinkers are skeptical about the existence of gods, miracles, life after death, and the supernatural in general. They choose to focus instead on the many joys and challenges of this world. Freethinkers may call themselves atheists, agnostics, humanists, rationalists, or skeptics. In the end, however, it doesn't matter what you label yourself, if anything. As long as you have a naturalistic, non-religious outlook, or enjoy associating with those that do, you are welcome!

3. What does it take to be a member?

These details are still being determined now that we have reaffiliated with Atheists United. Stay tuned!