ACA Lecture Series
Free and Open to the Public
The Atheist Community of Austin hosts a monthly lecture series as a
community service and a means of promoting and disseminating ideas of
interest to atheists and the greater Austin community. Lecture topics
usually focus on core areas of atheist interest such as science,
skepticism, the impact of religion, philosophy, church/state separation,
and community activism. While many of our lecturers are PhDs, lectures
are targeted to a lay audience of people who want to enrich their understanding.
We usually hold our lectures at the Austin History Center, located downtown at
9th and Guadalupe (Yahoo map).
Lectures are scheduled usually on the 2nd Sunday of every
month starting at 12:15pm. We meet in the "Reception Room". The
building opens at noon.
Our next lecture will be presented on
April 12, 2015 at 12:15 p.m..
Religious Maltreatment of Children: based on her book, Breaking Their Will.
Janet Heimlich is an author based in Austin. She wrote Breaking Their Will - In this revealing, disturbing, and thoroughly researched book, Janet Heimlich takes an in-depth look at many forms of child abuse and neglect as they manifest themselves in a religious context. They include biblically-prescribed corporal punishment that aims to “break a child's will”; terrorizing children with frightening religious messages; sexual abuse perpetrated by religious authorities; and faith healing-related medical neglect. After speaking with dozens of victims, perpetrators, and experts and reviewing a myriad of court cases and studies, Ms. Heimlich not only exposes the problem of religious child maltreatment but explains how it occurs.