MN Atheists March Meeting: “Hug an Atheist” movie showing

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Minnesota Atheists is pleased to sponsor the first authorized public showing of “Hug An Atheist” in Minnesota. This is a documentary film by Sylvia Broeckx about atheism in the USA, dispelling myths and untruths by following ordinary American atheists on their journey through life.

The money to produce this film was raised by a crowd-funding campaign. It made its premier at The 5th Atheist Film Festival in San Francisco on September 14, 2013.

On Sept. 13, 2013, the Washington Post featured a report on the film from Religion News Service. Here is an excerpt:

The 90-minute film is the project of Sylvia Broeckx, a 35-year-old Belgian who lives in England and has been an atheist and humanist since her teens. She became interested in America’s perception of nonbelievers when some American friends and fellow atheists shared their own stories of feeling marginalized.

“I always assumed America was founded on freedom of religion and was very much like Europe where if you are an atheist it is no big deal,” she said. “When I discovered that in America being an atheist could be a big problem, that was really a shock to me.”

Visit huganatheist.org to view a short teaser for the film. While there, read more about the film, including clicking on the Washington Post link to read the full article by Religion News Service.

Admission to our showing of the film is free. However, we will have a donation jar (suggested donation $5) to help offset the cost of purchasing and showing the film. Any extra money raised will be donated to help get the film wider distribution.

And don’t forget to tune in to our radio show “Atheists Talk” 9-10 am that morning, on AM 950 or stream online, when we’ll interview the film’s director Sylvia Broeckx.

Where:  Roseville Public Library – 2180 Hamline Ave. N., Roseville 55113  

When: Sunday, March 16
1:00-1:15 p.m. – Social time 
1:15-1:45 p.m. – Business Meeting
1:45-2:00 p.m. – Break
2:00-3:30 p.m. – “Hug An Atheist” film
4:00-whenever – Dinner at Panda Garden Buffet

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