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ACA will have a booth at the 2008 Gay & Lesbian Pride Festival. The festival is part of our greater community and ACA has had a presence there for a number of years. It's a great way to educate people as to what atheism is and interact with the public on a personal level. 

The festival will be June 14th from noon to 7pm at Auditorium Shores (map). We will need volunteers to staff the event. Specifically, we'll have three shifts and we'll need 2-4 volunteers for each shift. The shift times are:

  • First Shift: 11:30am - 2:00pm (includes booth setup)
  • Second Shift: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Third Shift: 5:00pm - 7:30pm (includes booth tear-down)

If you are able to volunteer, contact Don Baker with your preferred shift and your contact information (both phone and e-mail). He'll be in contact with you concerning logistics. 

If you're not able to volunteer, consider coming to the festival, checking out the music, offering moral support to the ACA folks, and seeing what other community groups are there.

The ACA will be demonstrating May 1st, 2008 for the National Day of Reason. We will meet at 11am on the South side of the Texas State Capitol (Congress and 11th). 

We will be there to promote reason and church-state separation with a friendly display of signs, talking with passers by, and waving at cars. 

Members are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen, etc. as needed. The ACA will provide signs.

ACA members will participate in a pub crawl on March 7th, starting at 8pm at the Dog & Duck Pub. The group will migrate to other bars as the crawl continues. (Check back later for details as to the order.) Members are encouraged to be visible, have fun, and be safe. 

Wear an atheist t-shirt, if you have one. Organizers are looking into creating a t-shirt specifically for the event. Check back later for details.

If you'd like to participate, just show up! It's that easy.

The event is being organized by Shilling.

The Atheist Community of Austin believes that public school science education is critical to ensuring that future generations are able to build on the knowledge attained by previous generations. One guiding principle of science is that one idea isn't "just as good" as another. The scientific method specifically seeks to filter potential explanations through testing, falsification and the highest standards of evidence in order to determine which explanation is best. The TEA has a duty to develop the best educational standards possible and this cannot be achieved in the light of policies that expect neutrality on the issue of what should and should not qualify for inclusion in the science classroom. Do the TEA neutrality policies extend to geocentric astronomy models or flat-Earth geography? Would they remain neutral toward history courses that suggested that the Egyptians were simply incapable of building those pyramids and must have had alien guidance? 

The simple truth is that the TEA's neutrality policy is religious pandering. It demonstrates that they're more worried about offending people than defending science standards. The Atheist Community of Austin joins the chorus of voices demanding that the TEA rigorously defend the highest standards of science education. The public school students of Texas deserve nothing less. 

Matt Dillahunty, December 11, 2007

This year's ACA Winter Solstice Party will be on Saturday, December 15, 2007 from 6pm - midnight at Mike's house. Thanks to Mike for his hospitality! 

The party is for ACA members, their spouses, family, and atheist-friendly friends. Kids are welcome. RSVPs are encouraged so that Mike can gauge the size of the event. (Send him e-mail via this link.). Also, e-mail him if you'd like to volunteer to help set up. 

The early part of the evening will be a potluck dinner. Bring a dish to share, should you wish to participate. If you can, let Mike know what you plan to bring so that he can ensure a breadth of dishes. Mike will provide snacks and beer for the later crowd. 

Mike has a game room, arcade machine, and pool table. 

Mike's address, a map to his house, and his phone number are now available on the ACA member log-in page. Details will be posted later on the aca_membersonly list and a flier will be printed in December. 

Come and celebrate the new year without any of that Xmas stuff!

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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