News Archive

Statement on the Chapel Hill shootings

On February 10 a man named Craig Stephen Hicks turned himself in to the police after fatally shooting three young Muslims in Chapel Hill, NC. According to news reports [link expired], Hicks was a fan of The Atheist Experience, and had been critical of religion on his Facebook page. The precise motivations of Hicks are not currently known.

The Atheist Community of Austin strongly opposes violence in all forms, whether it is motivated by hatred of someone else’s religious convictions, or a parking dispute. Acts of unprovoked violence may be inspired by a complex combination of factors that include ideology, mental disposition, and the social acceptability of various attitudes. It is overly simplistic to reduce the cause to any one factor. It is vital for believers and non-believers alike to draw a sharp distinction between criticism of someone’s philosophical positions, and the use or threat of deadly force.

We condemn this senseless act of murder, and extend our condolences to the families of the victims.

Atheist Community of Austin

The Atheist Community of Austin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting positive atheism and the separation of church and state. The ACA serves the local Austin community through outreach programs, providing informational resources and various volunteer activities. In addition, the ACA serves the community-at-large through free online portals including informational wikis, regular audio/video podcasts and interactive blogs.

We define atheism as the lack of belief in gods. This definition also encompasses what most people call agnosticism.

Button label Button label Button label

Upcoming Events

ACA Sunday Brunch at Central Market North

(Date: Sunday, September 22, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm )
Calendar: The-Atheist-Community-of-Austin
Free event

Talk Heathen Live Broadcast

(Date: Sunday, September 22, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm )
Calendar: The-Atheist-Community-of-Austin
Free event

The Atheist Experience Live Broadcast

(Date: Sunday, September 22, 2019 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm )
Calendar: The-Atheist-Community-of-Austin
Free event

After Show

(Date: Sunday, September 22, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm )
Calendar: The-Atheist-Community-of-Austin
Free event

ACA Role-Playing Community: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Ed. Beginners Welcome!

(Date: Monday, September 23, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm )
Calendar: The-Atheist-Community-of-Austin
Free event
Copyright © 2019 Atheist Community of Austin. All rights reserved. "Atheist Community of Austin" is a trademark of the Atheist Community of Austin.

Search