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Humanist Outreach in the Park/ "Ask an Atheist" Booth

Please join us in our effort to reach out to nonbelievers, freethinkers, humanists and atheists in the San Diego community, and share all the wonderful social and educational opportunities that we provide.

This is very much a “3 Level Outreach” event. Participate at any level. No pressure.

1) Share camaraderie with your fellow non-believers. Come hang out with us on the grass behind the table and socialize. It’s a fun day in the park. Bring food/drinks/chairs if you like (certainly not required). Or just come visit. Stay five minutes, stay all day. Bring kids, bring partners. Everyone is welcome.

2) Staff the table. Again, there is no commitment to talk to believers. Our mission is outreach to the non-believing community. Passers-by are generally friendly and there will always be others around if non-believers want to engage in deeper conversation.

3) Ask an Atheist. For those who like to, and are willing (and there’s always a lot of us in this category), be ready to engage believers in discussion. This is a lot of fun for those who enjoy this kind of thing, and it’s good practice for your personal life, too! If you just want to come hang out, we’d love to have you, however long you want to stay. It’s fun to be out in the open as a non-believer, and the camaraderie and number of folks we have there give a very positive impression to all who walk by – even if many are just hanging out on the grass. For those willing to staff the table or talk to believers, we now have a good set of guidelines/suggestions for both. This helps us generate good will, stay positive and keep consistent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All members from SDCoR groups are welcome to join in. Everyone that does participate is encouraged to bring a chair, drinks and snacks (depending on how long they plan on joining in the fun). There are however great restaurants and cheap food, all within a rocks throw. A few of us often bring snacks, desserts and beverages for all to share and everyone is welcome to be so generous. Consider wearing your favorite anti-theistic or Humanist t-shirts and don't forget your Scarlet A lapel pins if you have them.

We have received a very positive response from a surprising number of visitors. Other booths in the park include the Mormons, Hari Krishna, Christians, Muslims, evolution deniers and Jehovah's Witnesses. So the public is encouragingly receptive to our presence there among the others. However, please do not feel as though you must converse with the believers or even the non-believers in the public as many of us simply sit in the shaded grass behind the banner and enjoy good conversation with each other all day. Finally, no one is expected to be there all day. If you can only swing by and say hi, please do.

We will be located on El Prado (the pedestrian avenue in-between the two large fountains in Balboa Park), near the lily pond.

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  • Dale

    BTW, I had a long chat with the "Ask a Christian" guy next door. Nice, calm guy but intellectually dishonest, as he admitted he watched the Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham debate, yet kept saying things he knew to be untrue such as "Evolution means something came from nothing" and "Bill Nye had no proof, he just kept saying things are old". But I really stopped him when he started with the "people didn't come from apes", and I corrected him with the "The Bible says people are from dirt and incest". He said, "Incest was not a bad thing back then. There was no such thing as birth defects back then." Anyone else heard this??

    August 17, 2014

    • Marc

      To paraphrase my brother-in-law: Over many generations (he believes humans and the earth have only been around 5000 or 6000 years), there have been mutations in our gene pool; some of these mutations can lead to medical issues from cancer to blindness to being born without an arm. Incest can cause a problem today because families with recessive genes that contain these mutations can both pass them to the child giving the child a higher chance of medical problems. HOWEVER, Adam and Eve were created with the original perfect genes. Their kids, grandkids, and the like would have had very few mutations because they hadn't gone through many generations, and thus they could interbreed without worrying about recessive genes because causing birth defects because enough generations hadn't yet passed as for such mutations to exist in the gene pool.

      August 21, 2014

    • Jim W.

      Lab mice are often strongly inbred. These inbred animals can have very good genes unless they are specifically bred intentionally bad traits. They can be further inbred with few inbreeding issues. However, the cost of this is the vast majority of mice had problems and were culled.

      August 21, 2014

  • Dale

    It was great visiting you guys at your booth today. I don't see Wesley on the attendees list here, but if he's reading this the video I spoke of is here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaFZQBb2srM

    1 · August 16, 2014

  • Latha P.

    How late do you stay at the park? My son and I will be at the Fleet center Saturday afternoon and I would love to stop by and say hello!

    1 · August 13, 2014

    • Ann

      I'll probably be there with my son, Alex, who is 4. Looking forward to seeing you!

      August 13, 2014

    • Latha P.

      Sorry we missed this one. Our science center visit went later than I expected.

      August 17, 2014

  • Debbie A.

    Today was especially wonderful. It was a warm, sunny day, and we had the perfect spot in the shade. Had lots of interesting conversations, and saw a few old friends. Took a picture of one passerby in front of our banner. He was so excited to send the photo to his brother back east.

    August 16, 2014

  • Robert (Rob) H.

    There was a great turnout today. Nice seeing everyone.
    Lost & found: 1. straw hat 2. (last week) gray sweatshirt

    August 16, 2014

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