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Celebrate Saturnalia with CFI Austin! 

Join us under the glow of blue and gold lights as we revive an ancient tradition and "season" it to modern tastes. 

  • December 19th, 2009
  • 7:00-10:00 PM
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin Howson Hall
  • 4700 Grover Ave., Austin, TX 78756

We intend to do this in style... old Roman style! 

  • Wear your brightest, most cheery clothing! Blue and gold are the official colors, but anything festive will do.
  • Please bring a pot luck dish to share.
  • Please RSVP on CFI's Meetup for details about coordinating dishes for the pot luck.
  • You are welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverages.

Donations will be accepted for a local charity. More information about that at the event.

Dan Barker, former minister and current co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, will present "Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists" on Monday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m. in Mezes 1.306 on the UT campus. 

This event is free and open to the public. The Atheist Longhorns will be selling copies of Dan's latest book, "Godless", for $15 (cash only). Dan will be signing copies after his speech.

Dr. Victor Stenger, physicist, philosopher, and author, will be giving a lecture in Austin at Opal Devine's Freehouse (700 W 6th St.), 6pm, Thursday, October 29th. The lecture is titled "The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason", which is based on his new book, "The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason". The lecture is a joint event with the ACA and Center for Inquiry Austin. 

Vic Stenger, is the author of the New York Times best seller, "God: The Failed Hypothesis", and other books concerning what science has to say about religious claims. He is widely known as an advocate of philosophical naturalism, skepticism, and atheism. He is a prominent critic of intelligent design and the aggressive use of the anthropic principle. He maintains that consciousness and free will, assuming that they in fact do exist, will eventually be explained in a conventional scientific manner that invokes neither the mystical nor the supernatural. He has repeatedly criticized those who invoke the perplexities of quantum mechanics in support of the paranormal, mysticism, or supernatural phenomena. His other books include, "Quantum Gods", and "The Comprehensible Cosmos".

Stenger was a member of the Department of Physics at the University of Hawaii until his 2000 retirement. He has held visiting positions on the faculties of the University of Heidelberg in Germany, Oxford University (twice), and has been a visiting researcher at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in England, the National Nuclear Physics Laboratory in Frascati, Italy, and the University of Florence in Italy. He is currently an Emeritus Professor of physics at the University of Hawaii, and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. He is a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and a research fellow of the Center for Inquiry.

On Saturday, September 19th, Sean Faircloth, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America, will present a lecture titled, "One Nation Under the Constitution." The event is co-sponsored by the Atheist Community of Austin and the Ethical Society of Austin. 

The Secular Coalition for America is 501(c)4 lobbying group for the advancement of secular values and support of non-theists in our national government. 

Sean Faircloth served ten years in the Maine legislature, including a term as Majority Whip. Sean advocates for secular policies in Washington DC. 

The event will be held at the Ethical Society of Austin, 5555 N. Lamar, Suite L137 [map]. The schedule will be as follows:

  • 6:30pm -- Reception
  • 7:00pm -- Presentation
  • 7:30pm -- Questions, then socializing

The event is free, but part of the purpose is to raise money for the Secular Coalition's successful lobbying efforts.

The ACA will be publishing a 2010 voters' guide again this election season. While our 501(c)3 organizational status does not allow us to support any particular party or political candidate, we can raise our issues in the political arena. And there are plenty of issues that atheists care about that are largely missing from the nation’s political dialog. Church-state separation would be a major one, but we also care about fair treatment, promotion of science, and other topics. As an active atheist group in the Capitol city of the second largest state, the ACA is well positioned to make a big impact. To do that, we are again publishing a voters’ guide for issues that concern atheists. This guide is similar to the one we did in 2008. 

The 2010 Voters’ Guide has been announced on the ACA Web site. Results will be published in early October. The guide will be based on the results of a survey of candidates running for offices voted on by Texans in the 2010 general election. Because every candidate for each race is given the same opportunity to respond, the voters’ guide will allow voters to make an informed choice on the issues behind the questions. 

We are hoping that the survey gets some publicity and raises awareness for our issues. Even so, the survey will have an educational impact on the candidates and the community at large. 

We feel the voters’ guide is a great initiative that advances our mission and provides a public service. We are doing our part to improve our nation by helping to elect highly qualified candidates regardless of party. Thanks to ACA members who have contributed to the project. If you support this effort, consider making a donation to the ACA to defray costs. See you at the voting booth!

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.

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