On December 15th, 1996, twenty-one Austin area atheists gathered at the Hot Jumbo Bagelry for our 10:30 A.M. weekly Sunday meeting to establish our group as the: ATHEIST COMMUNITY OF AUSTIN. Our little ceremony included a brief speech, comments from each member, the reading of our Declaration of Intent, the signing of our Declaration and a toast. We now had about 30 members showing up during a month. Our newsletter was going out to about 60 Austin area atheists.
We gather today in solemn dedication as atheist free minds to establish a society for the enjoyment and advancement of Atheism in Austin, Texas. We accept and celebrate the material nature of reality which allowed the evolutionary development of life that made possible our personal lives on humanity's home planet. We accept and celebrate fully our intellectual, emotional, and physical humanity for the brief time that our minds are alive.
With this Declaration of Intent, we express our desire and hope for a more sane, rational, and progressive future for humanity. We dedicate ourselves to achieving and enjoying to the fullest possible extent the potential for personal liberty that exists within every human. We dedicate ourselves to effectively expressing our vision on civic and social affairs within the greater Austin area for the purpose of moving society toward a material realist approach to human affairs.
Therefor, we dedicate ourselves to the development of a social and activist organization that will meet the needs of Austin Atheists and provide a society to nurture our hopes. In accordance with our intent, we, the atheist free minds of Austin, Texas dedicate ourselves to our hopes for and vision of a more realist future by establishing the:
Atheist Community of Austin
Signed, this fifteenth day of December 1996, CE.