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  • Donate to Minnesota Atheists....with good reason
  • News and Notes - November 2014
  • President’s Column: War on Christmas Continues
  • Animal Liberation and Atheism: Two Author's Events for Kim Socha in November
  • President's Column: Why I'm Not a Secular Humanist

 

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May Day 2012The end of 2014 is right around the corner. For some, the end of the year is a time to reflect, and for some it is a time to plan. For some, it is both. The following information might help you evaluate the value of donating to Minnesota Atheists as the year comes to an end.

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By George Francis Kane

george head smallWriting the decision in the 1968 Epperson v. Arkansas case, Justice Abe Fortas noted that “(t)he First Amendment mandates governmental neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion.” Justice David Sutter referred to this principle of neutrality as the bedrock concept of the Establishment Clause, and it has been cited repeatedly in Supreme Court decisions for over four decades. Justice Antonin Scalia, however, in a speech at Colorado Christian University, said that he considers the interpretation that the Establishment Clause forbids the government to favor religion over non-religion to be “a lie.”

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By Eric Jayne

mna holiday tag1The passing of Halloween brings another cause for celebration: The annual War on Christmas. In our own unique way, the Minnesota Atheists has participated in the War on Christmas for several years and I think we’ll have plenty to keep us busy for the 2014 war.

Our objective in the War on Christmas is not to destroy the holiday but to challenge the idea that Christmas should be wedged in public schools, department stores, and courthouses across the nation. A secondary objective is to dismantle the preconceived notion that religious belief is a fundamental component to charitable giving.

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kim sochaJoin local author Kim Socha at two local author's events in the Twin Cities this month as she reads from her new book Animal Liberation and Athesim, which is now available at Freethoughthouse.com and Amazon.com. Books will also be on sale at both events.

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By Eric Jayne

alf and family1A favorite TV show from my youth was ALF. The popular NBC sitcom, which ran from 1986 to 1990, was about a three-feet tall furry, wisecracking Alien Life Form (“ALF”) who crash landed his spaceship in a suburban family’s backyard garage. The family protects ALF from the military and nosy neighbors throughout the series while ALF tries to make sense of life on earth.

One of my favorite scenes from the show is where the family patriarch, Willie, clears up confusion about a $10,000 balloon payment being for their home mortgage and not for an actual balloon. He also helped ALF understand that they are not selling their garage as they prepared for a garage sale. “So you understand what a balloon payment is?” Willie asks ALF. “Yeah”, responds ALF. “And you know what a garage sale is?” asked Willie. After ALF confirms that he does he asks “Now can you explain secular humanism again?” To which Willie says “No”. Here's a YouTube link to the full episode (the scene happens in the first 3 minutes with the opening credits wedged between the exchange).

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