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2011 Archive News

NOSHA December 2011 -- Winter Solstice Potluck Picnic

Saturday, December 17 at 4pm
Harry Greenberger's Home
4314 Bancroft Drive
New Orleans, LA
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In place of our scheduled meeting on December 17, we will celebrate the Winter Solstice with a 4pm picnic on the bayou at Harry Greenberger's home in New Orleans, 4314 Bancroft Drive.

Call (504-282-5459) or email (hpgreenx@yahoo.com) to advise that you will attend and what you plan to bring from the following suggestions:

  • Salads/sides: vegetable, fruit, potato, macaroni
  • Hamburger fixins' and buns
  • Hot dogs and buns
  • Sandwiches
  • Fruit and melons
  • Soft drinks or beer
  • Desserts

 

Wednesday Freethinking Happy Dinner Club Hour - December

When: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 6pm
New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co.
4141 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
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That's right, Dinner Club. As we've gravitated to places that still offer cocktails and wine, we've found over the past year that it's worked out better for most of our regulars when we've had our First Wednesday and Third Tuesday "Happy Hours" at places that also targeted the other major food groups.

And if someone brings along a favorite offspring, there's something for the young ones as well (besides video poker). NOH&S, The Columns, Reginelli's and the various other restaurants we've landed at make it easy for people to grab a bite WITH their beer. And so since we can't call it a "Foodie Club" without looking a tad silly, it made sense to alter the name a little to reflect our main activity. Dining and "dishing" on the topic of the week.

So, now when we want to have an event at a local bar or lounge, we can call that a happy hour, which will be exactly what it is. I can think of at least one place that is owned by a NOSHA member, so we should drop in and say hello sometime anyway.

See Calendar for more information.

 

Holiday Heretics' Brunch - November 2011

When: Sunday, November 27, 2011, 10:00 AM
Mia's Balcony
1622 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA
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Yes, we know it's a holiday weekend full of traveling, family and shopping. And it's one more week without a Sunday afternoon Saints' game (we understand the sobbing).

But for anyone whose not already super busy enough, we'll be trying out a new spot for brunch. And who can resist stuffing yourself just a little bit more?

 

Third Tuesday Freethinking Happy Hour - November

When: Tuesday, November 15 at 6pm
Reginelli's Pizzeria
874 Harrison Avenue
New Orleans, LA
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We're adding pizza to our list of "eats"....and with the $2.00 beer pitcher special on Tuesdays, I don't know why we didn't meet at Reginelli's sooner!

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

 

"Personal Morality in a Turbulent Universe" - NOSHA November 2011

When: Saturday, November 19 at 4:00pm

We are delighted to announce that the "grandfather" of secular humanism as we know it today, Paul Kurtz, will be our guest speaker for our October meeting!

The titile of his talk will be "Personal Morality in a Turbulent Universe." His condensed bio will give you a sense of his tremendous contribution to the status of humanism in our lives.

Paul Kurtz is professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, founder and chairman of the Institute for Science and Human Values and founder of the Center for Inquiry Transnational and Prometheus Books. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and humanist laureate and president of the International Academy of Humanism. He is founder and chairman of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism. He is the author or editor of forty-eight books, including The Transcendental Temptation, The Courage to Become, Embracing the Power of Humanism, plus nine hundred articles and reviews. His forthcoming book (2012) will be called The Turbulent Universe.

See Calendar for more information.

 

Wednesday Freethinking Happy Hour - November

When: Wednesday, November 2 at 6pm
New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co.
4141 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
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With ample parking in the back, and space to gather around tables. Food and drink, what more could one ask for?

Stop on by, pull up a chair and say hello, have a burger, enjoy stimulating conversation.

See Calendar for more information.

 

"Is it possible to determine God's existence or nonexistence" - UNO Debate

When: Thursday, October 27 at 6pm
UNO Campus
Milneburg Hall, Room 165
New Orleans, LA
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UNO students and members of the Campus Freethought organization are hosting a student led debate to discuss whether it is possible to determine God's existence or nonexistence.

Please show your support for their efforts to bring these kinds of topics to UNO campus.

 

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

Four days of fun, mystery and reason, in New Orleans

CSICon is on October 27-30, 2011. Save the date now and don't miss this exciting conference.

"Much Ado About Nothing: The Maya and 2012" - NOSHA October 2011

When: Saturday, October 15 at 4:00pm

Our guest speaker will be Marc Zender with Tulane Univeristy who will present: "Much Ado About Nothing: The Maya and 2012"

Marc Zender (PhD 2004, University of Calgary) is a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, and a Research Associate of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

A specialist in Mayan languages and hieroglyphic writing, Marc is project epigrapher for the Comalcalco Archaeological Project, directed by Ricardo Armijo Torres, and has undertaken archaeological, linguistic and epigraphic fieldwork in much of the Maya area, though particularly in Mexico, Belize and Honduras.

His recent publications include "Teasing the Turtle from its Shell: AHK and MAHK in Maya Writing" (The PARI Journal 5(4): 6-16) and Reading Maya Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Classic Maya Painting and Sculpture (co-written with Andrea Stone; forthcoming from Thames and Hudson, London).

See Calendar for more information.

 

Third Tuesday Freethinking Happy Hour - October

When: Tuesday, October 18 at 6pm
The Irish House
1432 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
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Don't get your Irish up! But you can get your Irish bum down to St. Charles and enjoy a delightful new "gastropub" that has something for everyone.

Good beer, darts and a delicious menu will be just what we need to face the ever encroaching darkness that fall brings. We can exorcise some demons....or ruminate about whatever.

An Irish Toast;
May those who love us, love us.
And for those who don't love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if he can not turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we may know them by their limping.

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

 

"Personal Morality in a Turbulent Universe" - NOSHA October 2011

When: Saturday, October 15 at 4:00pm

News Update: Unfortunately, Mr. Kurtz had to cancel his visit to New Orleans due to health reasons. We will still have a meeting on October 15 and will change the program as soon as we have the new details.


We are delighted to announce that the "grandfather" of secular humanism as we know it today, Paul Kurtz, will be our guest speaker for our October meeting!

The titile of his talk will be "Personal Morality in a Turbulent Universe." His condensed bio will give you a sense of his tremendous contribution to the status of humanism in our lives.

Paul Kurtz is professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, founder and chairman of the Institute for Science and Human Values and founder of the Center for Inquiry Transnational and Prometheus Books. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and humanist laureate and president of the International Academy of Humanism. He is founder and chairman of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism. He is the author or editor of forty-eight books, including The Transcendental Temptation, The Courage to Become, Embracing the Power of Humanism, plus nine hundred articles and reviews. His forthcoming book (2012) will be called The Turbulent Universe.

See Calendar for more information.

 

Wednesday Freethinking Happy Hour - October

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 6pm
The Columns
3811 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
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We'll try to commandeer several tables on the porch where we can pick up some cool evening breezes and keep adding chairs as needed.

Haven't been in a while? Stop by for a few minutes and say hello. As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

See Calendar for more information.

 

NOSHA September 2011 -- "Lost"...In The Moment!

When: Saturday, September 17 at 4:00pm

Jerry W. DeWitt, a former evangelical pastor for 25 years, will present a personal account of his life story focusing on his years in the ministry, the issues that drove him out and how he looks at life now.

DeWitt was born in 1969 close to the Texas/Louisiana state line in DeRidder, where he currently lives with his wife, Kelli and his 19 year old son, Paul Aaron.

He was partly raised by his maternal Pentecostal grandparents after his father died when he was only two years old. His paternal grandparents were Assembly of God pastors and church founders.

DeWitt entered the ministry at the age of 17 and traveled as an evangelist from Arizona to Tennessee during which he served as assistant pastor in three churches and senior pastor in two. He has also been a Code Enforcement Officer for the City of DeRidder and Director of Community Service and Mayor's Chief of Staff.

See Calendar for more information.

 

Third Tuesday Freethinking Happy Hour - September

When: Tuesday, September 20 at 6pm
New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co.
4141 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
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With ample parking in the back, and space to gather around tables. Food and drink, what more could one ask for?

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

 

Wednesday Freethinking Happy Hour - September

When: Wednesday, September 7 at 6pm
New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co.
4141 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
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With ample parking in the back, and space to gather around tables. Food and drink, what more could one ask for?

Stop on by, pull up a chair and say hello, have a burger, enjoy stimulating conversation. yada yada.

 

The Heretics' Brunch - August

When: Sunday, August 28 at 11am
Santa Fe Restaurant
3201 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
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It's time for another Sunday morning secular brunch, don't you think?

What better way to start a Sunday than with a delicious brunch in mid-City. We will meet at 11:00am, so you'll have plenty of time if you pain on attending the Americans United workshop at the Neutral Ground Coffeehouse.

See Calendar for more information.

 

August 2011 - NOSHA's 12th Anniversary Dinner, Our special guest speaker will be Annie Laurie Gaylor

Annie Laurie Gaylor
When: Saturday, August 20, 2010
Smilie's Restaurant
5725 Jefferson Highway in Harahan
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We are very excited to announce that our banquet will be headlined by Annie Laurie Gaylor who is the current co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation! Since November 2004, she has been serving with her husband, Dan Barker, a nationally known author and speaker.

In 1976, she co-founded the Freedom From Religion Foundation, located in Madison, Wisconsin, when she was a college student, with her mother, Anne Nicol Gaylor. The Foundation incorporated as a national nonprofit educational organization with two purposes in 1978. It works to protect the constitutional principle of state/church separation and to educate about nontheism.

Gaylor is the editor of Freethought Today, the only freethought newspaper in the United States, which is published ten times a year by FFRF.

She is also the author of many books. Woe to the Women: The Bible Tells Me So (FFRF, Inc., 1981), a reader's guide to the bible's treatment of women, in its fifth printing; Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children (FFRF, Inc., 1988), the first nonfiction book exposing widespread sexual abuse of children by clergymen, and Women Without Superstition: "No Gods - No Masters" (FFRF, Inc. 1997), an anthology of women freethinkers.

Gaylor has appeared on national TV talk shows, including Tom Snyder's former "Tomorrow" Show, Sally Jessy Raphael and Donahue's "Last Word," as well as many regional and local TV and radio shows.

Get your seat! Price per guest, $40.00 for NOSHA Members, $45.00 for Non-Member. Seating is limited, so make your reservations.

See Calendar for more information, and to pay online.

 

Third Tuesday Freethinking Happy Hour - August

When: Tuesday, August 16 at 6pm
New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co.
4141 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
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I'm too lazy to change the location. With ample parking in the back, and space to gather around tables. Food and drink, what more could one ask for?

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

 

Wednesday Freethinking Happy Hour - August

When: Wednesday, August 3 at 6pm
New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co.
4141 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
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With ample parking in the back, and space to gather around tables. Food and drink, what more could one ask for?

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

 

The Heretics' Brunch - July

When: Sunday, July 31 at 10:30am
The Lucky Ladle
1906 Magazine
New Orleans, LA
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It's time for another Sunday morning secular brunch.

Feel free to pull up a chair and say hello. We will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

See Calendar for more information.

 

Third Tuesday Happy Hour

When: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 6pm
Mid City Yacht Club
440 S Saint Patrick St
New Orleans, LA
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Great Drinks, Great People, Great Times!

As always, the conversation will be friendly and the drinks will be cold. Feel free to pull up a chair and say hello.

 

NOSHA July 2011 -- Hot Topics For Discussion!

When: Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 4pm

We will return to a favorite meeting style for mid-summer with a group discussion on interesting topics that have been buzzing in the secular community recently.

"Men don't understand women's concerns," "confrontational atheism," "agnostics should make up their minds," "'Coming Out' atheist campaigns," etc., are just a few examples of what we will put to NOSHA members.

All attendees are asked to bring a topic of their interest to the meeting.

Monthly Meeting Directions
Audubon Zoo, Dominion Learning Center
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, (504)581-4629
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NOSHA's monthly meetings take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month, at 4:00pm

To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.

See Calendar for more information.

 

Wednesday Freethinking Happy Hour

When: Wednesday, July 6 at 6pm
New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co.
4141 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
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With ample parking in the back, and space to gather around tables. Food and drink, what more could one ask for?

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

 

The Heretics' Brunch - June

When: Sunday, June 26 at 11am
Santa Fe Restaurant
3201 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
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It's time for another Sunday morning secular brunch, don't you think?

See Calendar for more information.

 

Third Tuesday Happy Hour -- "Where Y'Acht?"

When: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 6pm
Mid City Yacht Club
440 S Saint Patrick St
New Orleans, LA
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Here's another unique watering hole to check out....it's been voted #23 on the list of the "Top 50 Bars" for Gambit in 2010, so we can't go wrong!

As always, the conversation will be friendly and the drinks will be cold. Feel free to pull up a chair and say hello.

See Calendar for more information.

 

NOSHA June 2011 -- Meeting Zack Kopplin

When: Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 4pm

High school Senior, Zack Kopplin, who tirelessly campaigned for the repeal of Louisiana's Science Education Act, will talk about that experience and accept the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association's "Humanist Award."

From an article at IND.Com "The Website of the Independent Weekly":

"The intrepid, ill-fated charge to repeal the act, which opponents consider a conduit by the religious right for introducing Intelligent Design, i.e., creationism, into Louisiana public school science classrooms - no reputable state or national science organizations lobbied for the LSEA - was led by Zach Kopplin, a 2011 graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School and the son of Andy Kopplin, the former chief of staff to Govs. Mike Foster and Kathleen Blanco who now serves as first deputy mayor and chief administrative officer for the city of New Orleans."

See Calendar for more information.

 

Wednesday Freethinking Happy Hour

When: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 6pm
Bridge Lounge
1201 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA
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We've never taken our merry band here and, since it is one of the more popular watering holes in the Garden District, it's about time we did.

It's a really down to earth place....they even let you bring your dog with you which only adds to the charm.

Haven't been in a while? Stop by for a few minutes and say hello. As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

See Calendar for more information.

 

The Heretics' Brunch - May

When: Sunday, May 29 at 10:30am
The Lucky Ladle
1906 Magazine
New Orleans, LA
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We're confident that we'll all be around for this weekend, so let's make the most of it.

Yes, we know a few of you may feel like a zombie at that time of the morning, but at least you're alive and kickin'. We can talk about how we've spent our first week after the rapture. New cars....new houses, that kind of thing.

See Calendar for more information.

 

"Left Behind" Balloon Release and Stroll

When: Saturday, May 21, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Moonwalk in the French Quarter (The boardwalk along the river across from Jackson Square)
New Orleans, LA

We will begin our "Left Behind" evening at the Moonwalk, where you may write a farewell note to raptured friends, family or neighbors and attach it to a balloon for a release.

This is a great opportunity "to see and be seen" on this momentous day, so costumes are encouraged! Come as your favorite saint, sinner or zombie!

Then we will stroll conspicuously to our party destination. Please join our staggering crowd! Bring the kids!

See Calendar for more information.

 

"Left Behind" Party 2011

When: Saturday, May 21, starting at 8:00pm
Napoleon's Itch
734 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA
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Some say that on May 21 of this year, True Believers will be raptured into Heaven, earthquakes will strike the whole planet and the dead will rise from their opened graves.

Don't buy it? Then come help us celebrate freedom from fear!

COSTUMING ENCOURAGED: Come as your favorite saint, sinner or zombie!

There will be a cash bar, along with a raffle, contests, sales of indulgences and general camaraderie. All, including those risen from their graves on that day, are welcomed to join with us.

"Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company." - Mark Twain

Zombie Nation
Starting at 9:00pm, the NOSHA "Left Behind Zombie Nation" Presents:
  • DJ CHUMP CHANGE
  • MODEBOM
  • SpamM Kidd
  • Zander

Bringing the best of dub, house, UK garage and disco. Support the NOLA Underground.

 

NOSHA Third Tuesday Happy Hour

When: Tuesday, May 17 at 6pm
New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co.
4141 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
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Is it nearly the third Tuesday already?

We had a very good turnout the last time we met here, so we're giving it another try. And we hope you're looking forward to a tasty burger and fries because that is what they are known for.

We'll have more details on the "Left Behind" activities, so drop by if you have a minute before the summer vacation season starts. Or you are raptured....whichever comes first.

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

 

May's Wednesday Freethinking Happy Hour

When: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 6pm
Nacho Mamas Mexican Grill
6325 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, LA
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We are magically killing two birds with one stone this week. Both Cinco de Mayo and National Day of Reason (NDR) fall on Thursday, so we'll celebrate on Wednesday, just be a little ahead of the game.

Freethinking Happy Hour

NDR is the response to the National Day of Prayer. As we have celebrated NDR with cake and a little more pomp and circumstance, this year we'll just kick back with a glass of sangria or a margarita on the rocks.

If you are jonesing for some Mexican fare, then this will be the place. And since we'll be in the UNO area, maybe a few of you who don't get to other parts of the city can say hello. And we'll have a report on the "Repeal Creationism" rally in Baton Rouge.

See Calendar for more information.

 

Attention! Jeff Crouere radio show Thursday, May 5th at 10 AM

Just had a call from Jeff, in response to my news release, asking me to be on his show Thursday at 10 AM. I asked him "what do you want to talk about" and he said "the end of the world." It's a call-in show, so we need some supporters to call. It is on WGSO 990AM. Call-in number: 504-556-9696. - Harry

 

reddit - 133,557 Baby-eating Atheists can't be wrong.

15 April 2011
submitted by reddit user Sweboots

Whenever I see prayer requests, say for someone to be healed for example, I imagine that if it does really work, this is what I imagine is going on behind the scenes

comment by reddit user ronin1066

It's the typical example: I am standing by a 1 ft deep lake. A toddler runs in, trips and falls face down in the water and starts drowning. I stand there watching as the parents are running over screaming for me to help. I watch. More people start coming over yelling for me to do something since I'm so close. i watch. Finally 50 people are on their way over begging for me to help. So I reach over with my foot and flip the kid over saving it with no effort at all.

Am I a being worthy of worship? Or a depraved egotistical psychopath?

 

Rally at the Capitol to Repeal Louisiana's Creationism Law.

When: Thursday, April 28, 2011 11:00 AM
Louisiana State Capitol
North 3rd Street on State Capitol Drive
Baton Rouge, LA
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There will be a rally at the Louisiana State Capitol in support of repealing the misnamed and misguided Louisiana Science Education Act. Some of you will be there only in spirit, of course, but if you live and/or work in Baton Rouge, stop by if you can to show your support.

The rally will take place at 11am and the Repeal organizers will have an information table in the atrium of the capitol from 9am to 4pm.

See Calendar for more information.

 

The Heretics' Brunch - April

When: Sunday, April 24 at 10am
Jackson
1910 Magazine
New Orleans, LA
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It just so happens that our regularly scheduled monthly brunch falls on Easter this year. Ironic isn't it? And here we are trying NOT to draw attention to religious holidays.

See Calendar for more information.

 

April's Tuesday Freethinking Happy Hour

When: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 6pm
The Columns
3811 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
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We'll try to commandeer several tables on the porch where we can pick up some cool evening breezes and keep adding chairs as needed.

Haven't been in a while? Stop by for a few minutes and say hello. As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

See Calendar for more information.

 

NOSHA April 2011 -- The Trouble With Easter

When: Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 4pm

Where did our most cherished Easter traditions come from? And is it too late to send them back?

The author of the hilarious, controversial The Trouble with Christmas branches out, turning over every egg to reveal the weird history behind Christianity's holiest holiday. Packed with rollicking humor and little-known facts, this fast-paced illustrated presentation concludes with a side-by-side comparison of the resurrection accounts in the four gospels.

See Calendar for more information.

 

April's Wednesday Freethinking Happy Hour

When: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 6pm
The Columns
3811 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
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We'll try to commandeer several tables on the porch where we can pick up some cool evening breezes and keep adding chairs as needed.

Haven't been in a while? Stop by for a few minutes and say hello. As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

See Calendar for more information.

 

Celebrating Darwin Day 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011 9:30 AM
UNO Homer L. Hitt Alumni & Visitors Center
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA
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"You can never give Charles too much attention....at least, not in Louisiana."

 

The Heretics' Brunch - March

When: Sunday, March 27 at 11am
Santa Fe Restaurant
3201 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
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It's time for another Sunday morning secular brunch, don't you think?

See Calendar for more information.

 

UNO Debate: "Is it possible to form a system of morals and ethics without religion?"

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 6:00 PM
Milneburg Hall 179
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA
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UNO presents a student debate: "Is it possible to form a system of morals and ethics without religion?"

Join UNO students for a panel discussion as they present opinions and ideas on this compelling topic!

Presenters will be representatives from the Campus Freethought Alliance and Baptist Collegiate Ministries

The dialog will conclude with an audience question & answer session.

 

Kissing Hank's Ass

8 March 2011

This is a great parody of the christian belief system. "Kissing Hank's Ass" is the title and was written by James Huber. There are many videos and other media that use this parody or part of it as the theme.

NOSHA Salon: "Learning more about Transhumanism"

Saturday, March 19, 2011 3:00 PM
825 Lafayette St.
New Orleans, LA 70118

Join us for an intimate opportunity to learn more about transhumanism, the topic presented at our January meeting by Tulane researcher, Rodney Shackelford.

His topic is Transhumanism about the future of science...essentially the idea that humans can and should one day take control of their own evolution.

Shacklelford will deliver his "Transhumanism and the Future of Biotechnology" presentation with Power Point. (We weren't able to have PP at the January NOSHA meeting.)

See Calendar for more information.

 

NOSHA Third Tuesday Happy Hour

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 6pm
Vine and Dine
141 Delaronde Street
New Orleans, LA
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Is it nearly the third Tuesday already?

We've neglected our West Bank friends for far too long! And it's high time we tried someplace totally new to shake off the winter doldrums.

See Calendar for more information.

 

NOSHA First Wednesday Happy Hour

Freethinking Happy Hour
When: Wednesday, March 2 at 6pm
Mimi's in the Marigny
2601 Royal St
New Orleans, LA
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CHANGE OF LOCATION!

We didn't realize that there was a Wednesday night parade in Uptown, so there's nooooooo way we could expect people to brave the parade crowds much less ever find our group!

So we're moving it to the other side of town just to be safe. Sorry if this causes an inconvenience. Look for us upstairs.

See Calendar for more information.

 

The Heretics' Brunch - February

When: Sunday, February 27 at 11am
Santa Fe Restaurant
3201 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
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It's time for another Sunday morning secular brunch, don't you think?

What better way to start a Sunday during Mardi Gras than with a delicious brunch in Mid-City? That is, if you aren't planning to watch the Uptown parades. At least, this is another option to your busy day.

See Calendar for more information.

 

January's Book Review

25 January 2011 Why Evolution is True by Jerry A. Coyne
Why Evolution is True
by Jerry A. Coyne

Well, I am not science-enclined, but I have always felt woefully uneducated in the topic of evolution. It is such a hot topic in education and religion, I felt I owed it to myself to get the facts.

Fortunately, this book is very easy to understand for the "non-science" types. Plus, right on the back cover are glowing recommendations from three of my favorite authors, Dawkins, Hitchens, and Pinker. That was enough to convince me to buy the book.

I read it in about two weeks, and I found it fascinating.

Yep, the facts that support evolution are all there. There's no denying it. But I don't get all the fuss that the religionists make over it. Clearly, when the facts clash with religion, religionists just throw reason and facts to the wind and claim that the facts of science are not true. Unbelievable!

If you feel the need to learn what evolution is all about, this is a great book to read. The book presents evidence from many different branches of science.

- William Gautreaux

NOSHA February 2011 -- The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Saturday, Feb 19 at 4pm

Our February speaker will be Dr. Jeffrey Long, M.D. who will speak on the topic of his New York Times bestselling book: Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences.

He will also present some preliminary thoughts on the research direction of his next book, tentatively titled , Evidence of God. He has discussed his current book and research on the NBC Today Show, The O'Reilly Factor, ABC News with Peter Jennings, The Learning Channel, Time.com and many others!

See Calendar for more information.

 

NOSHA Third Tuesday Happy Hour

Tuesday, February 15 at 6pm
New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co.
4141 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
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Is it nearly the third Tuesday already?

We're trying a new place in Uptown that should have ample space to gather around tables and offers food and drink.

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

 

Scott Major - January 14, 1968 to February 3, 2011. Rest in Peace

The untimely passing of Scott Major, Posted on the google group by Robert Carver

I am not sure how many of you knew Scott but I wanted to let his NOSHA friends know he died this evening due to complications from surgery at the age of 42. Scott was one kickass Dude who was never afraid to take a stand for Freethought and Rock n' Roll. Diane & I just visited him and Renee at Tulane Hospital the other night & we knew he was in serious condition but we were hopeful surgery would repair the damage and he could heal and recover and spend the next 30-40 years enjoying his kid, his family, his friends while annoying right-wing fundies on a daily basis to bring a measure of justice to this existence. Unfortunately Scott's medical condition was just too much for his heart to take and we have lost one of the good guys in our quest to make our community and country a more rational and secular place that allows us to live our lives to the fullest extent possible. Once I find out more information on if and when his family will be receiving friends I will pass it along on via our e-mail messaging.

Peace,

Robert

The essence of the liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment. This is the way opinions are held in science, as opposed to the way in which they are held in theology.
-- Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays, "Philosophy and Politics" (1950), p. 149

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First Wednesday Happy Hour

Freethinking Happy Hour
Wednesday, Feb 2 at 6pm
The Delachaise Restaurant
3442 St. Charles Avenue.
New Orleans, LA
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We're heading back to a recent happy hour spot, The Delachaise on St. Charles. Good food and wine selections (but remember, you don't have to drink alcohol to enjoy the company.) If it's pleasant, we'll sit outside so we can hear the streetcar go by. And February means "Darwin Day" so maybe we can chat about the guy who started all of this mess?

The Heretics' Brunch - January 2011

When: Sunday, January 30 at 11am
Santa Fe Restaurant
3201 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
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It's time for another Sunday morning secular brunch, don't you think?

We last met up in late October and now that we're passed the holidays, let's re-start the tradition on the last Sunday of the month.

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NOSHA Third Tuesday Happy Hour

Tuesday, January 18 at 6pm
Who Dat Coffee Cafe
2401 Burgundy St.
New Orleans, LA
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We're trying a totally new place! This month we are meeting at the Who Dat Coffee Cafe, located in the Faubourg Marigny, at the corner of Burgundy and Mandeville. A relaxed atmosphere, coffee, tea, and food. For more information you can check out the Who Dat Coffee Cafe on facebook.

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NOSHA January 2011 -- Transhumanism and the Future of Biotechnology

Saturday, January 15 at 4pm
Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118

Our January speaker is Rodney E. Shackelford, DO, Ph.D. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology at Tulane University and a member of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Association for Molecular Pathology and the College of American Pathologists.

His topic is Transhumanism about the future of science...essentially the idea that humans can and should one day take control of their own evolution.

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Brother Sam, atheist comic, coming to Metairie!

Friday, Jan 7 at 7:00pm
Winston's Pub and Patio
531 Metairie Rd.
Metairie, LA 70005
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IF THE OCEAN WAS WHISKEY AND GOD WAS A DUCK!

Having begun keeping a record of all his communications with God, nine-year-old child-evangelist Brother Sam suspects he's been duped.

When he's conned into preaching at the family's brush arbor revival, on whiskey-cooking Birch Blake's land, young Brother Sam uses the opportunity to clear up some questions about right and wrong. Hilarious and provocative,

"If the Ocean was Whiskey and God was a Duck" brings vividly to life the time, the place, and the people that produced, so far as anybody can say, the world's first and still only atheist evangelist. The show runs about 70 minutes.

Tickets are available online at 'Will call' for the low, low rate of $5.75 each, and at the door for $10 (cash only).

Go to Sam Singleton, Atheist Evangelist and scroll down until you see the NOSHA logo and you can click on the "Here" button to purchase online.

Maximum occupancy is 30, so if they sell out early enough they might book another show. Remember that you must buy your ticket in advance to reserve your seat...there isn't any guarantee that seats will be available at the door.

"First Wednesday Happy Hour (of 2011!)"....sponsored by NOSHA

Freethinking Happy Hour
Wednesday, Jan 5 at 6pm
The Columns
3811 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
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Will you be recovered from the holidays next week? Well, even if you're not, your faithful friends will be at The Columns to enjoy the last twinkles of the holiday lights.

DID YOU KNOW: January is named after the Roman god Janus who was always shown as having two heads. He looks back to the last year and forward to the new one. The Roman New Year festival was called the Calends, and people decorated their homes and gave each other gifts. (Sounds familiar, doesn't it?)

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