By Charles Coventry
As part of my third holiday to Stillwater, Minnesota, to visit my friend Ken Moses, we attended the Minnesota Atheists conference this past August.
At the conference, my Humanist Society of Scotland T-shirt aroused interest because of our motto “We’re A’ Jock Tamson’s Bairns.” This is an old proverb meaning that everybody is the same. Supposedly in a certain village the entire population had been fathered by Jock Tamson, the blacksmith.
Read more: A Scottish View of the MN Atheists Conference
By Mike Haubrich
For our October meeting at the Apple Valley Community Center, James Zimmerman gave us an informative and witty presentation. Zimmerman started speaking in front of audiences when he was just eight years old, and a few years of experience have made him into an entertaining and accomplished presenter. It does make a difference, too, to have a good book to present. Zimmerman’s autobiographical tale of growing up in, living in, and finally leaving the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is Deliverance at Hand!: The Redemption of a Devout Jehovah’s Witness. I don’t want to give away too much of the story, because I strongly encourage people to purchase and read the book.
Read more: Deliverance at Hand! Author Delivers Impressive Talk at Meeting
By Eric Jayne
Our recent, first-ever, “Dinner with the Board” event was delightfully fun. The board members had a chance to talk with several supporters while enjoying delicious drinks and food. A couple of the guests I spoke with wanted to learn more about the philanthropic endeavors of Minnesota Atheists. We talked about our ongoing work with the Family Place shelter, Emergency Foodshelf Network, and Children’s Hospital of Minnesota. We also talked about other local, secular nonprofits that provide helpful services to the community without the proselytizing that often comes with faith-based agencies. We concluded that it might be helpful to have a list of some of these secular nonprofits to refer to when considering places to volunteer and donate money - after, of course, you've made your donation to Minnesota Atheists.
Read more: President's Column: Know your Local Nonprophet Nonprofits
By Bernadette Chlebeck and Phil Cunliffe
When you hear the words “Sexual Harassment Policy,” what image comes to your mind? Most likely you envision a female victim and a male perpetrator. If you do, you are not alone. Statistics from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission show that 82.2% of reported sexual harassment charges were filed by females. The atheist community has had its share of sexual harassment violations, and sexual harassment policies are now being created to help protect women.
Read more: Sexual Harassment Policies Should be Gender Neutral
By August Berkshire
Minnesota Atheists has restarted our process to change Minnesota state law to allow atheist leaders to conduct civil marriages. We began this project a few years ago but then the marriage amendment and the marriage equality legislation intervened. We knew that the Minnesota state legislature was not going to tackle both gay and atheist marriage issues in the same year.
Read more: MN Atheists Seeks to Change Law to Allow Atheists to Perform Marriages