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Bay Area Humanists (BAH) is a group committed to promoting a positive identity focused on reason, empathy, and leading an ethical life. We organize different events in and around San Francisco and online, so we hope to see you at one of them. There is no cost to join our MeetUp or attend our events; however, there are expenses, so donations and annual memberships help with these expenses. Become a dues-paying BAH member (basic $25/year), learn more about us, and register to receive our newsletter by visiting https://sfhumanists.org.
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- Will California’s End-of-life Law Help You If You Need It?Link visible for attendees
California is one of 11 jurisdictions in the United States that provides Medical Aid In Dying (MAID) for its citizens. Do you know who qualifies for MAID in California, and who does not? We will discuss the current law, its restrictions, and what might be done to amend it to include the many people who are barred from accessing it.
ABOUT Marcia Hofer
Marcia Hofer, Ph.D. is a retired clinical psychologist and former professional dancer, and an avid gardener and traveler. In 2021, she and her family accompanied her husband, Ricardo, to the Pegasos clinic in Switzerland, where he was able to have a peaceful and painless death.
Diagnosed with dementia, Ricardo wished to end his life at home but did not qualify for California’s End of Life Option Act. After returning to California, Marcia began to think about the many people who are denied the right to make end-of-life decisions due to the restrictions in the current law. This concern led to the creation of A Better Exit.
- The Power Worshippers, by Katherine StewartLink visible for attendees
This is a Book Group. Reading the book is useful for participation but not mandatory.
Join us on video chat as we discuss this month's book, details below. Newcomers are always welcome, as are new book suggestions. A Zoom link will be visible to those who RSVP.
PLEASE NOTE that no one will be admitted after the first 30 minutes of the meeting in order to avoid disrupting the discussion.
IMPORTANT: Please make sure to add any +1s, and to change your RSVP early if you can't make it.
ABOUT The Power Worshippers, by Katherine Stewart
A revelatory investigation of the Religious Right's rise to political power. For too long the Religious Right has masqueraded as a social movement preoccupied with a number of cultural issues, such as abortion and same-sex marriage. In her deeply reported investigation, Katherine Stewart reveals a disturbing truth: this is a political movement that seeks to gain power and to impose its vision on all of society. America's religious nationalists aren't just fighting a culture war, they are waging a political war on the norms and institutions of American democracy. Stewart pulls back the curtain on the inner workings and leading personalities of a movement that has turned religion into a tool for domination. She exposes a dense network of think tanks, advocacy groups, and pastoral organizations embedded in a rapidly expanding community of international alliances and united not by any central command but by a shared, anti-democratic vision and a common will to power. She follows the money that fuels this movement, tracing much of it to a cadre of super-wealthy, ultraconservative donors and family foundations. She shows that today's Christian nationalism is the fruit of a longstanding antidemocratic, reactionary strain of American thought that draws on some of the most troubling episodes in America's past. It forms common cause with a globe-spanning movement that seeks to destroy liberal democracy and replace it with nationalist, theocratic and autocratic forms of government around the world.
See past Book Group Selections at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rOYjJXpE_ixZg6F9YezAFSQrWBQxMR251tNrkARVJVw/edit#