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ACA members Leon Harvey and Elze Hamilton have created a MySpace page for the ACA. The page includes a re-packaging of some of the material on the ACA web page for easier use by the audience there. 

A big part of MySpace is the friends network and ACA already has a large number of friends, including some famous folks, like the Infidel Guy. 

The MySpace effort is just one of several ACA satellite web efforts such as Martin Wagner's Atheist Experience blog

We appreciate the enthusiasm of these individuals. If you're thinking about a similar effort, please keep the ACA board in the loop as we need to be careful how ACA is marketed and perceived.

The ACA Happy Hour event will move to the Dog & Duck Pub, 406 W. 17th St. near the Capitol (Google Map). The event will also start earlier, at 7 PM. As always, the Happy Hour is a time for informal conversation and people can drift in and out as their day permits. 

Besides being a central location, Dog & Duck Pub is more of a relaxed venue with a pretty large menu and a good selection of beers. It's also close to UT, which might encourage UT students to become more involved with our group. 

Thanks to Shilling Cadena for finding a new location for the event.

The Sunday, March 18, 2007 edition of the Austin American Statesman featured ACA President Matt Dillahunty on the front page of the Metro & State section, under the title "Preaching his own gospel of atheism". A link to the story was saved on Richard Dawkins' web site

The article focused primarily on Matt's path to atheism, his coming out experience with his family, and his role as host of the Atheist Experience TV show. 

The article mentions the Atheist Community of Austin and some facts about it, but does not talk about what atheism is or our stance on the importance of church-state separation. On reading the article, you might not be aware that atheists, for the most part, come to the same conclusion under their own power and not because of some sort of atheist evangelism striking an emotional chord. The reader almost gets the impression he's the lone ranger out on the frontier.

We are grateful for the Statesman for a positive article and we hope to see more articles in the future on secular topics.

May 3rd 2007 will once again mark the "National Day of Prayer", when groups all across America will have prayer events. In Austin, a group will be having a Bible read-a-thon at the Texas State Capitol.

Atheists have a witticism that "Nothing Fails Like Prayer". Indeed, a little thought would lead you to this conclusion. Well conducted scientific prayer studies have born it out. With so much ado about nothing, there must be more than meets the eye.

The answer, of course, is that while the event is billed as National and ecumenical, it is really just conservative Christians promoting Christianity. And regardless of the religion it promotes, it's clearly an establishment of religion, prohibited by the establishment clause of the first Amendment of the US Constitution. As with our "In God We Trust" motto, the National Day of Prayer was created during the 1950s McCarthy communism scare. We can make no sense of destroying one's country from within by way of some ill-thought emotional panic to a perceived external threat. With luck, these wrongs will be righted someday.

We in the Atheist Community of Austin are avid advocates of church-state separation. Atheists in general know that, "The hands that help are better far Than lips that pray." (Robert Green Ingersoll, 1889). In response to the National Day of Prayer, for example, the Center for Atheism is advocating donating blood on that day and election day. They are calling the initiative the Gift to Life Day. We feel that efforts like this and theNational Day of Reason are far better things to participate in on May 3rd. Of course, members of the Atheist Community of Austin have participated in blood drives for a while now and we will continue to do so, regardless of prayer events.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO LACK OF RSVPs.

Mike has graciously offered to host an ACA Movie Night at his home, on Wednesday, April 11th from 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm. If the event goes well, he may offer to host other movie nights. ACA Members are invited, but Mike's living room can only accommodate 10-12 people. Due to this limitation, latecomers may be turned away. Attendees are encouraged to bring snacks for themselves or to share. Attendees are also encouraged to RSVP so that Mike can give an indication as to whether or not there will likely be a seat for you. 

The movie night will focus mostly on movie watching and less on socializing. The first movie will start promptly at 7:00 pm so that everyone can get home at a reasonable time. The planned movies for April 11 are:

Please contact Mike via the this link should you have further questions. Mike's home is the same location as the 2006 Winter Solstice Party and the upcoming 2007 Vernal Equinox Party. Mike's address, a map to his house, and his phone number are available on the ACA member login page. 

We are looking for other potential hosts for movie nights, perhaps one "up North".

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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