AFS ACTIVITIES

 

Other Meetings of Interest

The Fellowship of Reason meets on the first Sunday of every month at 10:30 AM at Atlanta Freethought Hall. They also have meetings for book discussion, philosophy, a classic film course, and other events.

 

The Fayette Freethought Society hosts a lunch at El Reposo Restaurant in Peachtree City, GA, at noon on every first and third Saturday. They also meet on other days for Book Club, philosophy and science discussions, and civic activities.

 

The Black Nonbelievers of Atlanta meet often for discussions and social events.

 

The Peachtree City Humanists meet often for discussions at Starbucks, lunch or dinner at She’s Bistro, and more.

 

GUST (Gwinnett: Understanding Secular Truths) meet often for discussions, etc.

 

The SOS (Secular Organizations for Sobriety) meets on Tuesdays at 7:30 PM in Roswell. For more info e-mail Donna Gore.

 

A meetup for Atlanta atheists is scheduled for Sunday, February 10, at 6:00 PM, at Thinking Man Tavern, 537 W. Howard Avenue, Decatur.

 

The Atlanta Skeptics have arranged a group tour on February 16 with Roswell Ghost Tours, preceded by dinner at 6:00 PM at Rasa Sayang, a Malaysian/Chinese restaurant, 1425 Market Blvd. #1390, Roswell, GA.  The Ghost Tour will begin at 7:45 PM. Please see the February Atlanta Freethought News for details on admission cost and RSVP information for the Ghost Tour.

 

IIG Atlanta, on organization to promote critical thinking about the paranormal, supernatural and unexplained that offers $50,000 for anyone who can demonstrate evidence of the occult or paranormal under properly controlled conditions, will hold its general meeting in conjunction with the Atlanta Skeptics on February 16.

 

The Atlanta Science Tavern will host a fundraiser for the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project, the world’s largest solar astronomy outreach program, on Saturday, February 23, at 7:00 PM, at Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave NE,  Atlanta.

 

There will be another meetup for Atlanta atheists on Sunday, February 24, at 4:00 PM, at Five Seasons Brewery, 5600 Roswell Rd, Atlanta.

 

 

Prior Program Topics & Special Events 2007-

 

January 13, 2013

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Ed and Michael Buckner gave a talk on their book In Freedom We Trust: An Atheist Guide to Religious Liberty.

December 9, 2012

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Tom Flynn of the Council for Secular Humanism and Free Inquiry magazine gave a talk, "The Trouble With Christmas".

November 11, 2012

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Dr. Robert McCauley of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture at Emory University gave a talk, "Why Religion is Natural (And Science is Not)".

October 14, 2012

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Dr. Dennis Martin of AFS delivered a program on "Willusionism", the claim, based on scientific experiments, that conscious free will is an illusion.

September 9, 2012

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Dr. Andy Thomson of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (US) gave a talk based on his book Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith (co-authored with Clare Aukofer).

August 12, 2012

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: The Rev. Susie the Floozie of the Church of the SubGenius gave a rousing program, "Hallelujah! Let Us Prey!"

July 8, 2012

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Rick Pace of AFS led a panel discussion, "Freethought in a Free Country".

June 10, 2012

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Gina Colaianni, President of Kennesaw State University's Student Coalition for Inquiry, gave a talk on "The Ins and Outs of Being a Student Secular Leader".

May 13, 2012

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Robert Blaskiewicz ("The Conspiracy Guy" and columnist for the James Randi Educational Foundation and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry) gave a talk "Conspiracy Theories, or Why Does the Antichrist Want to Vaccinate You With Nanothermitic Aspartame?"

April 8, 2012

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Ted Goodwin (President of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies) and Jim Chastain (President of the Final Exit Network of Florida) discussed events affecting the right-to-die movement (including Ted's arrest and eventual exoneration here in Georgia), along with preparation of wills, trusts, advance directives and the critical choices to be made in end of life decisions.

March 11, 2012

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Sharon Carruthers of the Atlanta Astronomy Club gave a talk “2012: Doom or Dumb?” on doomsday scenarios and bogus science.

February 12, 2012

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Maaneli Derakhshani  of Clemson University gave a talk on "The Simulation Argument, Cosmic Inflation, and the possibility of non-Creationist Intelligent Design".

January 8, 2012

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Elisabeth Cornwell and Sean Faircloth of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science gave a talk on the Foundation's programs and Sean Faircloth's book Attack of The Theocrats! How the Religious Right Harms Us All and What We Can Do About It.

December 11, 2011

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: The Society's own Steve Yothment gave a presentation on "Christian Apocalypticism".

November 13, 2011

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Mark Braverman discussed the situation in the Middle East, including U.S. and Israeli policy and what ordinary citizens can do to help bring about change.

November 6, 2011

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Special Program: William Glasser discussed his book The Autobiography of Satan: Authorized Edition.

October 9, 2011

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Dennis Martin hosted a discussion on “A New Debate Strategy in Existence of God Discussions”

September 11, 2011

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Kenneth Lawing Penegar spoke on The Political Trial of Benjamin Franklin: A Prelude to the American Revolution.

August 14, 2011

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Richard Haynes ("Brother Richard") gave a talk, "There and Back Again"

July 10, 2011

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Frank and Mary Hamilton presented "Freethought in Song and Story."

June 12, 2011

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Bob Collins gave a talk, "Jesus' Resurrection: Historical or Hysterical?"

May 8, 2011

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Ed Buckner gave a talk, "To the Shores of Tripoli...".

April 10, 2011

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Ben Burchall of Black Nonbelievers of Atlanta discussed the “Thoughts of a Black Atheist”.

March 13, 2011

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Dr. Richard Jakiel and Pixie Bruner of the Atlanta Astronomy Club gave a talk on Ancient Alexandria.

February 13, 2011

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Featured a talk by Al Steffanelli of United Atheist Front.

January 9, 2011span>

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: AFS Vice President and tax professional Judy Thompson spoke on "Tax Changes".

December 12, 2010

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Henrietta Moore spoke on conditions in Haiti.

November 14, 2010

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: David Silverman, President of American Atheists, gave a speech on the organization's future plans and goals.

October 10, 2010

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Joel Kollin spoke on "36 Hours in the Rice Street Jail."

September 12, 2010

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Dr. Scott Lilienfeld gave further details about psychological myths and misconceptions.

August 8, 2010

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: John Snider and David Driscoll of AmericanFreethought.com spoke on "The Crescent and the Moon Pie: Recent Controversies Involving Islam in the Southeast."

July 11, 2010

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Dr. Scot Lilienfeld discussed his new book 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology.

June 13, 2010

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Mike Ledo discussed his new book On Earth As It Is In Heaven:

              The Cosmic Roots of the Bible.

May 9, 2010

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Podcasters Derek Colanduno and Robynn McCarthy gave a talk.

April 11, 2010

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Sam Singleton, the Atheist Evangelist, gave a show.

March 14, 2010

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Sean Faircloth, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America.

February 28, 2010

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Dr. Jeffrey B. Perry gave a talk about Hubert Harrison, an early 20th century black freethinker, writer, orator, educator and political activist.

February 14, 2010

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: AFS member Mark Banks gave a talk about astronomy.

January 10, 2010

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Dr. Darrel W. Ray gave a talk about his new book The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture.

December 13, 2009

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Todd Stiefel, former executive of Stiefel Labs, spoke on how he would like to bring his business experience to the freethought movement.

November 14, 2009

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Massimo Pigliucci, noted Evolutionary Biologist, spoke on “Reason: What is It? Who Needs It?”

October 11, 2009

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Jeffrey Selman, President of the Georgia Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, spoke about Americans United.

September 13, 2009

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: The September 13 AFS meeting was again to have been a talk by Leonard Adams on his experiences as a Christian pastor and the steps for him in deconverting to an atheist. Unfortunately, he never showed.

August 9, 2009

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: The August 9 AFS meeting was to feature a talk by Leonard Adams on his experiences as a Christian pastor, but family matters detained him.

July 12, 2009

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: The July 12 AFS meeting featured a talk by AFS board member Tony King, who spoke on "Ancient Egyptian Religion: An Introduction."

June 14, 2009

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: The June 14 AFS meeting featured a talk by Dr. A. Bowdoin Van Riper, a Southern Polytechnic State University professor, on "Charles Darwin and Evolution."

May 10, 2009

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: The May AFS meeting featured a talk by Doyle E. Duke, author of the book The Amazing Deception - A Critical Analysis of Christianity.

April 12, 2009

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: The April AFS meeting featured a talk by Stuart Bechman, President of Atheist Alliance International, titled "State of the Community: Atheist Alliance International."

March 15, 2009

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: This was a joint meeting of AFS and the Humanists of Georgoa. Jim Haught gave a talk on “Holy Horrors,” about the many atrocities that religion has inspired.

February 8, 2009

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Lori Lipoma, Ph.D, presented "I'm OK, You're Going to Hell: An Examination of the Satirical Symbiosis Between Evangelical Christians and the People Who Mock Them."

January 11, 2009

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: AFS President Steve Yothment spoke on "Views on the Historicity of Jesus."

December 14, 2008

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Bob Collins, a member of the Alabama Freethought Association, gave a talk on “My Favorite Bible Contradictions.”

November 9, 2008

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Blair Scott, National Affiliate Outreach Director and Alabama State Director for American Atheists, spoke on American Atheists and their affiliates program.

October 12, 2008

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Because Dr. Niall Shanks had to cancel at the last minute, Ed Buckner filled in to lead a discussion about the importance of church-state separation.

September 10, 2008

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Chris Wilson spoke on his new book Healing The Unhappy Caveman: Why the Human Mind was Not Designed for Happiness and What YOU can Do about It

August 10, 2008

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Dr. Dennis Martin spoke on "What Does 'Free' in 'Free-thinking' Mean?"

July 13, 2008

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Monthly Program: Lori Lipman Brown, a lobbyist for the Secular Coalition of America.

June 8, 2008

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

Summer Potluck Luncheon (Cookout/Picnic on the Grounds)

Monthly Program: Tony King spoke about  Sumerian influence on religion and Western culture

May 11, 2008

Location: Atlanta Freethought Center, Roswell

Dr. Austin Dacey, author of the new book The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life, spoke about Secular Conscience

April 13, 2008

Location: Atlanta Freethought Hall, Smyrna

March 9, 2008

Monthly Program: Ed Buckner and Jack McKinney spoke on "Opinions."

February 10, 2008

Bruce Herr spoke.

January 13, 2008

Dr. Hos Lotfi, a neurologist originally from Iran, gave a talk entitled "Living Under Theocracy."

December 9, 2007

Dr. John Henderson spoke on his new book, Judging God.

November 15, 2007

Peaceful Protest of Governors Illegal State Sponsored Prayer Service at State Capital

November 11, 2007

Camille Ann Brewer spoke on “Taking a Look at Contemporary Art produced by Freethinkers.”

October 14, 2007

Ice Cream Social 

AFS Plans for the Future. This program featured presentations by AFS Officers and informative, interactive discussions with members on the direction of AFS, our programs, activities, the Atlanta Freethought Center, and other aspects of our future.

September 9, 2007

Doug Hattersley, a retired geologist, spoke on "A Geological Perspective of Current Events."

August 30, 2007 

Special Program featuring world-renowned skeptical author and editor, Benjamin Radford

August 12, 2007 

Ed Buckner, who holds a doctorate in Educational Foundations, discussed "Secular Schooling," the topic addressed in his chapter in the recently-published book, Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion (Dale McGowan, editor, 2007). The purpose of the book is as a handbook for raising ethical, caring kids without religion. Among Buckner's long list of co-authors are such impressive writers as Julia Sweeney, Dan Barker, Penn Jillette, David Koepsell, Mark Twain (yes that Twain), and Richard Dawkins.

July 8, 2007

Bob Collins, an ex-fundamentalist, spoke on “More Bible Contradictions.”

June 30 - July 2, 2007

Lake Hypatia July 4th Celebration. AFS members celebrated Freethought and Independence Day with the Alabama Freethought Association at its annual "Glorious Fourth" weekend at Lake Hypatia, near Taladega, AL. The June 30 - July 2 event included these speakers:

Annie Laurie Gaylor, on "FFRF vs. Faith-based Initiative"
Dan Barker, Concert and Talk
Ed Buckner, on "Atheists, We Hardly Know Ye"
John Henderson, on "Fear, Faith, Fact, Fantasy."
Michael Chandler, State/church litigant
Also Eric Pepke, Bob Collins, Pat and Alice Cleveland

Speeches took place in the spacious, air-conditioned Lake Hypatia Freethought Hall. Swimming, paddling, boating, hiking, poetry-reading, relaxing and socializing were on the agenda also. See details at www.ffrf.org/lakehypatia.

June 10, 2007

Dr. Steve Burnett spoke on the topic, "Evolution: What it Really Is." Burnett is an Associate Professor of Biology at Clayton State University and holds a doctorate in Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology, and a masters in Zoology.

May 13, 2007

Dr. David E. Giannasi, Associate Professor, emeritus, Department of Plant Biology, University of Georgia, presented "Comments on Religion and the Bible."

April 8, 2007

Bruce Herr presented a talk on "Beyond the Myth of God."

March 11, 2007

Keith Nalumango, former head of programming for the Zambia National Broadcasting Corp (ZNBC) presented a talk entitled: "A Bone in the Throat: Threats to a Free Press, in Africa and America."

February 12, 2007

Darwin Day Celebration at the Georgia Capitol Building: The Atlanta Freethought Society had a table at the Georgia Capitol Building on Monday, February 12, to celebrate Charles Darwin's birthday. We handed out birthday cupcakes and coffee, as well as a flyer on Darwin and his contribution to modern science.

February 11, 2007

Jeff Sellman, President of the Georgia Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, talked about AU's First Freedoms First project.

January 14, 2007

Thomas Nisley, Ph.D., presented a talk entitled: “God has a Foreign Policy? Israel and U.S. Foreign Policy.” Dr. Nisley is an Assistant Professor of International Studies at Southern Polytechnic State University. His doctorate dissertation, given in 2002, was on Democracy Promotion and U.S. Foreign Policy.

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