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2012 Archive News

Oops! First THURSDAY Dinner Club & Happy Hour - January

When: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 6pm
Nirvana Indian Cuisine
4308 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
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Several members of our krewe have wanted to try the Thursday night dinner buffet, so what better time than on first Thursday in 2013.

See Calendar for more information.

 

Third Tuesday Freethinkers Happy Hour - December

When: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 6pm
Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill
437 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA
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We didn't want to neglect our friends on the other side of the city, so we'll head back to the Marigny and Mojito's to round out our holiday socials.

It features Carribean, Cajun and Cuban entrees and is located at the base of Esplanade and Elysian Fields. Nice atmosphere and easy to pull tables together.

See Calendar for more information.

 

The Heretics' Brunch - December

When: Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 11am
Santa Fe Restaurant
3201 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
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We always take a break from our monthly brunches in the fall to show deference for that other good ol' time religion....the NFL.

See Calendar for more information.

 

NOSHA "Pre-Solstice" Potluck Picnic 2012

Saturday, December 15 at 4pm
Harry Greenberger's Home
4314 Bancroft Drive
New Orleans, LA
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In place of our scheduled meeting on December 15, 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 504-592-0836, 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

See Calendar for more information.

 

First Wednesday Dinner Club & Happy Hour - December

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 6pm
Nirvana Indian Cuisine
4308 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
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We've had such good crowds at this restaurant that we figured we'd keep it at least one more time this year. And you'll probably be craving anything that doesn't involvedturkey and dressing, right?

See Calendar for more information.

 

"The Decline (and Probable Fall) of the Scientology Empire"

When: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 6pm
New Orleans Healing Center
2372 St Claude Avenue New Orleans, LA
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We are very pleased to present special guest speaker Jim Lippard who will be speaking on "The Decline (and Probable Fall) of the Scientology Empire," which looks at the history of the Church of Scientology, how it has collided with the Internet and lost control of its secrets and its membership, and is now seeing an accelerating decline as its top members leave for new alternatives.

Lippard founded the Phoenix Skeptics in 1985 and co-founded the Phoenix Area Skeptics Society in 2011. He's written many articles and book chapters on skeptical topics, including two articles in Skeptic Magazine on Scientology, "Scientology vs. the Internet" in 1995 and "The Decline (and Probable Fall) of the Scientology Empire" in 2012.

See Calendar for more information.

 

A THANKSGIVING SERMON. 1897 - by Robert G. Ingersoll

Whom shall we thank? Standing here at the close of the 19th century -- amid the trophies of thought -- the triumphs of genius -- here under the flag of the Great Republic -- knowing something of the history of man -- here on this day that has been set apart for thanksgiving, I most reverently thank the good men. the good women of the past, I thank the kind fathers, the loving mothers of the savage days. I thank the father who spoke the first gentle word, the mother who first smiled upon her babe. I thank the first true friend. I thank the savages who hunted and fished that they and their babes might live. I thank those who cultivated the ground and changed the forests into farms -- those who built rude homes and watched the faces of their happy children in the glow of fireside flames -- those who domesticated horses, cattle and sheep -- those who invented wheels and looms and taught us to spin and weave -- those who by cultivation changed wild grasses into wheat and corn, changed bitter things to fruit, and worthless weeds to flowers, that sowed within our souls the seeds of art. I thank the poets of the dawn -- the tellers of legends -- the makers of myths -- the singers of joy and grief, of hope and love. I thank the artists who chiseled forms in stone and wrought with light and shade the face of man. I thank the philosophers, the thinkers, who taught us how to use our minds in the great search for truth. I thank the astronomers who explored the heavens, told us the secrets of the stars, the glories of the constellations -- the geologists who found the story of the world in fossil forms, in memoranda kept in ancient rocks, in lines written by waves, by frost and fire -- the anatomists who sought in muscle, nerve and bone for all the mysteries of life -- the chemists who unraveled Nature's work that they might learn her art -- the physicians who have laid the hand of science on the brow of pain, the hand whose magic touch restores -- the surgeons who have defeated Nature's self and forced her to preserve the lives of those she labored to destroy.

...more

 

Third Tuesday Freethinkers Happy Hour - November

When: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 6pm
Little Tokyo Small Plates & Noodle Bar
1340 S.Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA
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For those among us who aren't traveling over the river and through the woods yet, here's one last meal before the turkey and dressing leftovers settle in!

Also, November 24-28 is "Church/State Separation Week" which is inspired by the invaluable work of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and the Institute of First Amendment Studies.

See Calendar for more information.

 

"Update on Church/State and Other Secular Issues" - November 2012

When: Saturday, November 17, 2012, 4:00 PM
Where: Audubon Zoo, Dominion Learning Center
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, (504)581-4629
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Marjorie Esman, Executive Director of the ACLU of Louisiana, will be our guest speaker for this month.

We will have a short Annual Membership Meeting, as required in the by-laws, which will include a vote on nominees to serve on the NOSHA Board of Directors for 2013-14.

See Calendar for more information.

 

First Wednesday Dinner Club & Happy Hour - November

When: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6pm
Nirvana Indian Cuisine
4308 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
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We'll have made it passed Election 2012 by then, won't we? And October is a long month this year, so it will have been a while since we dined together. Lots to catch up on!

Nirvana has proven to be very popular for our crowd. It offers vegetarian dishes as well as the ease of separate checks when necessary, so we hope you can spare an hour to join us and say hello.

 

Third Tuesday Freethinkers Happy Hour - October

When: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6pm
Reginelli's Pizzeria
930 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA
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Time for some stimulating conversation, pizza, and beer.

Street parking is easier at 6pm and so is pulling up a chair and adding another table. Never fear, there will be room for you!

Pull up a chair and say hello.

If you can remember, bring cash so we can keep our number of credit card payments to a limit.

 

Should Secular Humanists Have Supported Ron Paul? - October 2012

When: Saturday, October 20, 2012, 4:00 PM
Where: Audubon Zoo, Dominion Learning Center
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, (504)581-4629
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Professor of Economics at Loyola University and Senior Fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Walter Block poses this question as we wind down the election season of 2012.

He is the author of thirteen books since 1976 and will have copies of his most recent title, "Ron Paul for President in 2012: Yes to Ron Paul and Liberty" on hand to sign.

See Calendar for more information.

 

First Wednesday Happy Hour & Dinner Club

When: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6pm
Santa Fe Tapas
1327 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA
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We're stepping out again and trying something new!

Yes, it is on the same night as the Presidential debates, so there should be time for a bite and to get home if you have made other plans. Or Santa Fe will likely have it on their TVs, so you can catch some of it there.

See Calendar for more information.

 

Light The Night Walk - Taking Steps To Cure Cancer

When: Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 5pm
Lafreniere Park
3000 Downs Blvd, Metairie, LA
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As part of our efforts to provide more community service activities for our group, we're participating in the Light The Night Walk as part of the Foundation Beyond Belief team.

Foundation Beyond Belief is thrilled to be joining The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in their efforts to help people with blood cancers by becoming a Special Friend for the Light the Night Walks. Their goal is to unite freethinkers all over the world to raise $1 million in 2012. Leading the effort is philanthropist Todd Stiefel, whose family has pledged to match the first $500,000 raised by Foundation Beyond Belief LTN teams.

In addition to helping people with cancer and contributing to research on cancer treatment and prevention, this effort provides a focus for compassionate humanism working for a better world.

Foundation Beyond Belief is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation created to focus, encourage, and demonstrate humanist generosity and compassion. FBB runs a monthly donation program for charitable organizations that are screened by the staff for efficiency and impact, Volunteers Beyond Belief, a network of humanist volunteer teams in U.S. cities, and Humanist Crisis Response, raising funds and awareness for major humanitarian crises worldwide.

NOSHA has a team page that you can join here: http://pages.lightthenight.org/msla/NOrleans12/NewOrleansSecularHumanistAssociationFBB

Also, you can pledge a donation to help the cause if you are unable to participate. All support is appreciated!

Schedule of events:

Come enjoy Band of Brothers, Young Pin Stripe Brass Band, and the 610 Stompers in this beautiful fall weather! Have fun in the Kids' Zone with inflatable bouncers, balloon art, face paint, games, Plum Street Snowballs and much more! We also have over 15 local restaurants providing food this year! You don't want to miss this memorable event!

  • 5:00 pm Check-In & Band of Brothers
  • 6:00 pm Remembrance Ceremony Begins in the Pavilion
  • 6:30 pm 610 Stompers & Program
  • 7:00 pm Walk led by Young Pin Stripe Brass Band
  • 8:00 pm Band of Brothers
 

Voices United Concert for Separation of Church and State

When: Friday, September 28, 2012 at 9pm
Cafe Istanbul, New Orleans Healing Center
2372 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA
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Americans United is sponsoring Voices United for Separation of Church and State, a nationwide weekend of musical events to celebrate ? and defend ? the vital principle of church-state separation. Entertainers in all 50 states will participate to bring people together on behalf of our First Amendment freedoms.

"Chuck Perkins and Voices of the Big Easy" will be performing and other musicians are invited. Keep checking here for updates on the line-up.

If any of you want to present a poem, essay, speech, etc., that is relevant to the AU cause at this concert, please let us know! We hope to have several presentations in addition to the musical entertainment and you are encouraged to be involved.

See Calendar for more information.

 

Movie Night - "The Master"

When: Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 5pm
Prytania Theatre
5339 Prytania Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
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We're always on the lookout for that perfect movie for our secular humanist and non-theist friends. "The Master" looks to be that movie for this year.

From Wiki-- "A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as "the Master" (Philip Seymour Hoffman) whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man (Joaquin Phoenix)."

You can't go wrong with two actors of this caliber, plus it was written, directed and co-produced by Paul Thomas Anderson.

See Calendar for more information.

 

Third Tuesday Dinner Club & Happy Hour - September

When: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 6pm
Nirvana Indian Cuisine
4308 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
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We know it's kind of last minute....at least choosing a place, but it has been a really crazy couple of weeks leading up to the recent NOSHA banquet which was a huge success.

See Calendar for more information.

 

Scientific theory - Stolen from Patrick Lestrade's Facebook Post

Symphony of Science

The Symphony of Science is a musical project of John D Boswell, designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form.

http://symphonyofscience.com/

 

Letters to the Editor - Published: Friday, July 20, 2012

Re: "Many in U.S. losing faith in religion," Page A1, July 16.

I'm happy to see that The Times-Picayune has given front page coverage to the secularization of our country, which is far behind Western Europe in such movement away from organized religion. Many now report that they are "spiritual" but not "religious."

For those who have left churches and those who remain only for reasons of camaraderie, we have for more than a decade offered a new "home" in New Orleans where like-minded people enjoy friendships, educational meetings and social get-togethers.

Come on over.


Harry Greenberger
New Orleans Secular Humanist Association
New Orleans
 

September 2012 - NOSHA's 13th Anniversary Banquet, Coming Out of the Closet....Openly Godless with guest speaker Jerry DeWitt
 

Jerry DeWitt
When: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Smilie's Restaurant
5725 Jefferson Highway in Harahan
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Our guest speaker this year will be Jerry DeWitt.

DeWitt, 42, became a non-believer after more than 25 years of Pentecostal ministry in Louisiana. He was the first graduate of The Clergy Project, a private, invitation-only ?safe house? community of current and former ministers who no longer hold the supernatural beliefs of their religious traditions. The Clergy Project was started by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and former minister and author Dan Barker.

He is currently the Executive Director of Recovering From Religion, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing multi-dimensional support and encouragement to individuals leaving their religious affiliations through the establishment, development, training, and educational support of local groups nationwide.

Read more about DeWitt in The New York Times Sunday Magazine: From Bible-Belt Pastor to Atheist Leader

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

  • 6:30pm - Cash Bar
  • 7:00pm - Dinner
  • $40.00 - NOSHA Member
  • $45.00 - Non-Member

See Calendar for more information.

 

Oh that Marshall.

First Wednesday Happy Hour & Dinner Club

When: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 6pm
Nirvana Indian Cuisine
4308 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
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We hope everyone is getting back to normal after Hurricane Isaac came through. It's been hot and boring for many of us and it's time for something to take our minds off of the clean up and recovery activities.

Our hearts go out to our members who are still dealing with the harsher conditions from the storm and are not able to check in yet!

See Calendar for more information.

 

Darwin and Nietzsche: Philosophy in the Shadow of God - August 2012

When: Saturday, August 18, 2012, 4:00 PM
Where: Audubon Zoo, Dominion Learning Center
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, (504)581-4629
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Our guest speaker will be Joseph Billingsley who will explore how Darwin and Nietzsche together destabilize the longstanding theological ideas that undergird Western thought, how the two of them, in Nietzsche's words, act to "vanquish the shadow of God" and "assassinate two millenia of anti-nature."

See Calendar for more information.

 

Third Tuesday Freethinkers Happy Hour - August

When: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 6pm
Reginelli's Pizzeria
930 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA
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We haven't been to Reginelli's in while, so it's time for some pizza, don't you agree?

Street parking is easier at 6pm and so is pulling up a chair and adding another table. Never fear, there will be room for you!

If you can remember, please bring cash so we can keep our number of credit card payments to a limit. Thanks to Rose for this reminder. We want it to be as easy as possible for both sides.

See Calendar for more information.

 

The Heretics' Brunch - July

When: Sunday, July 29 at 11am
Red Gravy Cafe
125 Camp street, New Orleans, LA
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It's time for another brunch....this little place came to us as a suggestion during the American Humanist Association convention in June.

They are located downtown across from the Sheraton and were curious when all of these skeptics and humanists were coming in talking about the conference.

See Calendar for more information.

 

Wednesday Freethinking Happy Hour - August

When: Wednesday, August 1 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.

 

Singer Shelley Segal at Chickie Wah Wah's

When: Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 5:30pm
Chickie Wah Wah
2828 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
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If you didn't get to the Reason Rally in D.C. or the American Humanist Conference here in New Orleans, this is your chance to enjoy Shelley's lovely voice. Segal is an Australian singer and songwriter who has some music that belongs to us non-believers.

?For an atheist, she?s got a hell of a lot of soul?

Segal?s latest release, An Atheist Album, embodies her thoughts on religion and has quickly made her ?a new pin-up girl for the international atheist movement.? (Barny Zwartz -The Age)

She is opening for another band which is why it's an early show, so don't head home after work....take a little detour and hear what Shelley has to say.

http://www.shelleysegal.com/

 

Rituals and Ceremonies From a Secular Perspective - July 2012

When: Saturday, July 21, 2012, 4:00 PM
Where: Audubon Zoo, Dominion Learning Center
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, (504)581-4629
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Rituals and ceremonies from a secular perspective - a discussion of how secular people manage ceremonies for major life events.

People engage in various ceremonies and rituals to mark the passage of time and important life events, such as particular times of year, new births or deaths, marriages, anniversaries of events. We will consider a variety of issues surrounding these events, such as:

  • Do human beings have a psychological need to symbolically observe these benchmarks and milestones? What purpose do they serve for us?
  • To what extent does religion permeate these rituals? Or even define what events are to be noted?
  • As a non-theistic person, how do you handle these events?
  • Are you uncomfortable with overtly religious content?
  • What do you see as your obligations and rights...when you are an attendee? When you are a participant? When you are a primary honoree?
  • Do we need to devise new, non-theistic ceremonial forms? Do some people desire a "standard format" to be able to follow? What would those rituals look like?

See Calendar for more information.

 

Third Tuesday Freethinkers Happy Hour - July

When: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 6pm
Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill
437 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA
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We're on a roll trying new places and back in the Marigny....so if you are feeling a little experimental, join us for a bite or beverage and beat the heat with your skeptical friends.

Thanks to Clay for reminding us of this popular restaurant!

See Calendar for more information.

 

Support "Dining Out For Life"....wherever you are Thursday night.

When: Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 6pm
Louisiana Pizza Kitchen
615 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA
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Thursday night is the annual event, Dining Out For Life!

A portion of price of your meal that night will be donated to the NO/AIDS Task Force to help men, women and families affected by HIV & AIDS.

NOSHA member Clay has chosen Louisiana Pizza Kitchen Uptown (615 S. Carrollton Ave.) as his spot, but if that isn't convenient for you, here is a list of restaurants throughout the metropolitan area that are participating. http://www.noaidstaskforce.org/dining-out-for-life-2012-restaurant-list Invite you friends and head out to do your part for a worthy cause.

 

Get Your Triskaidekaphobia On!

When: Friday, July 13, 2012 at 6pm
13 Bar & Restaurant
517 Frenchmen St.
New Orleans, LA
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Since we've missed our First Wednesday dinner club due to the holiday week, we thought we shouldn't miss the chance to enjoy a very unique "event" that won't happen again until September 2013. That's right, Friday the 13th!

Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13; it is a superstition and related to a specific fear of Friday the 13th, called paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia.

So as a group of skeptics, we wouldn't be doing our duty if we missed such an auspicious date. So join us for a few minutes to have a drink, grab a bite or enjoy a minute of good company.

See Calendar for more information.

 

Third Tuesday Freethinkers Happy Hour - June

When: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 6pm
The Velvet Cactus
6300 Argonne Blvd
New Orleans, LA
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We're trying another new place to spice up our summer dinner happy hours! Their tag line is "...Mexican Inspired Food & Funky Art Joint..." so it's bound to be quite unique.

If you haven't been to our dinner/happy hour activities in a while, then stop by and say hello. We will have lots of interesting news to report from the American Humanist Conference and are always looking to hear what everyone's up to. There's got a be a margarita with your name on it.

See Calendar for more information.

 

Being Buddhist in New Orleans - June 2012

When: Saturday, June 16, 2012, 4:00 PM
Where: Audubon Zoo, Dominion Learning Center
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, (504)581-4629
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Our speaker this month will be Thich Nu Thanh Trang, the presiding nun at the Van Hanh Buddhist Center in New Orleans located on Chef Menteur Highway.

Vietnamese Buddhist Americans founded the Van-Hanh Center in 2001. Once a nursing home, the temple is situated close to the Vietnamese American neighborhoods in New Orleans East. This temple was founded by a group of Vietnamese families, some of whom had earlier been regular visitors to the Chua Bo De temple on the West Bank of New Orleans.

This should be a fascinating educational opportunity for everyone!

See Calendar for more information.

 

Author Janet Heimlich to speak on Religious Child Maltreatment

When: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
New Orleans Healing Center
2372 St Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA
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Author Janet Heimlich will speak on her recent book "Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment" (Prometheus Books, 2011) which is the first publicaton to take an in-depth look at child abuse and neglect enabled by religious belief.

High-profile cases such as the child sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church and ?faith healing? deaths in certain fundamentalist Christian congregations have made the public aware that religion can sometimes mask deviant and harmful behavior. But the extent of the problem is far greater than most people realize. In this revealing, disturbing, and thoroughly researched book, Heimlich has exposed a dark side of faith that most Americans do not know exists or have ignored for a long time?religious child maltreatment.

Heimlich freelanced as a reporter for National Public Radio and has also written non-fiction articles for such publications as Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, and the Texas Observer. Her work has won several journalism awards, including the regional Katie, given by the Press Club of Dallas; the Houston Press Club?s Radio Journalist of the Year; and the Texas Bar Association?s Gavel Award.

There will be an opportunity for questions by the audience.

NOSHA Welcome Reception for AHA 2012

The American Humanist Association selected New Orleans for its American Humanist Association?s 71st Annual Conference after considering several other possible cities. NOSHA assured them that we wanted to be their local hosts and enlisted the help of the New Orleans Tourist and Visitor Bureau to convince them to be the first national secular organization to hold its annual event here.

We feel it is imperative that we infuse the event with as much New Orleans flavor and support as we can and will co-finance (with AHA) a Welcome Reception at the Sheraton for their anticipated 400 attendees. We?d like to provide a Second Line, Mardi Gras beads and other souvenirs at that event. We also plan a ?welcome? sign on a digital billboard near the Superdome. Additional welcoming activities will depend upon our available financing.

As you know, NOSHA has provided speakers for meetings, social events, annual banquets, newsletters and other benefits to members and non-members for over twelve years, financed solely by dues and donations. We have always kept our expenditures within our budgeted income expectations.

WE ARE NOW SEEKING SPECIAL DONATIONS TO FINANCE OUR CONTRIBUTION TO THIS IMPORTANT NEW ORLEANS CONFERENCE.

All donations are appreciated that go towards this very special event!

- Harry Greenberger, President
   FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

May 3, 2012 - Day of Reason Proclamation

Wednesday Freethinking Happy Hour - June

When: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 6pm
Samuels' Blind Pelican
1628 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
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We're living on the edge....trying a new place that opened this spring. Looks like a great renovation on St. Charles that deserved to be revived. And if Craig & Kim Giesecke (formerly of J'Anita's and Avenue Pub fame) are serving the grub, we're in for a treat!

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 27 at 11am
Santa Fe Restaurant
3201 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
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It's time again for a Sunday go to meetin', don't you think? It's always nice to visit leisurely and a weekend brunch makes that especially so.

We realize that some of you might be away for the weekend with family or tied up with holiday events, but if not, please feel free to join us for some good conversation and food.

Since it's starting to feel like summer out there, we'll most likely set up inside. See you there!

 

NOSHA Social Aid & Pleasure Club.....Historic Cemetery Clean-up

When: Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 9:00am until 12:00pm
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
420 Basin Street
New Orleans, LA
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We're gonna try this again and hope the weather holds out this time!

It's a project to help Save Our Cemeteries clean Marie Laveau's tomb and a section of the wall vaults in the back of the cemetery in St. Louis 1.

An opportunity for heathens and voodoo to join forces for a worthwhile project? You be the judge!

Bring a hat, sunscreen, water and wear comfortable clothing for a sweaty, outdoor activity.

 

Dr. Lawrence Powell and "The Accidental City" - May 2012

When: Saturday, May 19, 2012, 4:00 PM
Where: Audubon Zoo, Dominion Learning Center
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, (504)581-4629
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Our speaker for May will be Tulane professor and historian, Dr. Lawrence Powell, whose new book, "The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans," about which the Times Picayune writes: "Lawrence Powell?s acclaimed history of New Orleans reads like colorful fiction, but explains why the city is important."

His books will be available for purchase and autographing.

James Conrad, a member of NOSHA, is bringing in his collection of books on atheism for free distribution at the meeting also.

BEADS! In preparation for the NOSHA reception at the AHA Conference, June 7-9, we want to give it a New Orleans flavor, part of which will be the distribution of beads to the 400 attendees.

We ask that you bring to this meeting any beads you are willing to donate. We will have other expenditures for this Conference and will appreciate your contribution toward those costs in any amount. Checks payable to NOSHA.

See Calendar for more information.

 

Third Tuesday Freethinkers Happy Hour - May

When: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 6pm
Reginelli's Pizzeria
930 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA
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We're heading back downtown....Reginelli's was very popular the first time we went there the spring and we're trying it out again. Street parking is free beginning at 6pm.

Come by for a slice and a little conversation with your fellow heathens!

 

Wednesday Freethinking Happy Hour - May

When: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 6pm
The Columns
3811 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
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It wouldn't be spring if we didn't hit The Columns at least once before it gets too hot to enjoy their lovely outdoor ambience. You can listen to the clanking of the streetcars and enjoy the history of this favorite, elegant watering hole.

The next day will be National Day of Reason (our answer to the annual National Day of Prayer), so it's only reasonable that we might have some reasonable things to talk about. Like how important reason is to life....as opposed to magic and myth.

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.

 

Celebrate Darwin Day 2012

When: Saturday, April 21, 2012, 10:30 AM
UNO Engineering Building
New Orleans, LA
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Join us for our annual gathering to commemorate Charles Darwin!

IMPORTANT- Tell UNO Police that you're there for the UNO Darwin Day as they will be screening for another campus event. There's a ?hidden? parking lot you may use; look for a right turn directly after the Engineering Building, the "big white" building up front.


Featured speakers include:

  • Robert Trivers, Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. ?The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life.?
    An evolutionary biologist most noted for proposing the theories of reciprocal altruism, parental investment, facultative sex ratio determination and parent-offspring conflict. He will be speaking about and signing his latest book which will be for sale
  • Katharine M. Jack, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University. "Battle of the Sexes: Reproductive conflict in white-faced capuchin monkeys"
    Jack will speak about her long-term collaborative research on wild white-faced capuchin monkeys in Santa Rosa National Park in Costa Rica, specifically, how the reproductive strategies of male and female capuchins are often at odds. Jack and her colleagues suggest that this veritable ?battle of the sexes? has led to an evolutionary arms race between the sexes in this, and likely other, species.
  • Mark Phillips, Instructor of Philosophy at the University of New Orleans. ?How The Darwinian Got Its Theory: A Just-So Story?
    Phillips will speak on the radically empirical nature of evolutionary theory and its divergence from traditional representationalism.

 

Zack Kopplin questions Presidential candidate

Baton Rouge, LA ? (March 27, 2012) ? At Senator Santorum?s March 23rd rally in Pineville Louisiana, student activist, Zack Kopplin, had the chance to question the Senator about creationism laws.  Kopplin, who has led the effort to repeal Louisiana?s creationism law, the misnamed and misguided Louisiana Science Education Act, asked Santorum about the Louisiana Science Education Act and Santorum?s proposed amendment to the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act, which served as a model for Louisiana?s law.

Zack Kopplin questions Presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, on his creationism amendment to No Child Left Behind from Jason Berry on Vimeo.

Third Tuesday Freethinkers Happy Hour - April

When: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 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?

See Calendar for more information.

 

"Is There Life After Death?" A Dialogue Between Michael Shermer & Gary Habermas - April

When: Friday, April 13, 2012, 7:00 PM
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
3939 Gentilly Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70126
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The main Greer-Heard session will feature Christian apologist Gary Habermas and outspoken skeptic Michael Shermer in dialog about the afterlife.

This event will be held in Leavell Chapel.

The conference brings together scholars from opposing views, sometimes a Christian and a non-Christian, and at other times an evangelical and a non-evangelical, to discuss an important issue in a civil manner.

NOSHA members can attend the Friday event for $10 if you check in at the door and tell them you are with NOSHA.

See Calendar for more information.

 

Wednesday Freethinking Happy Hour....and a Show - April

When: Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 7:00 PM
John Ehret High School
4300 Patriot St.
Marrero, LA
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Let's face it....Joan had major problems with religion! (Note the burning at the stake.) So it should be easy to understand why this play written by longtime NOSHA member, William Gautreaux, "Je m'appelais Jeanne d'Arc (My Name Was Joan of Arc)" might be of interest to some of our crowd.

This is a one-act play that he wrote which will be performed in French by his French 2, 3, 4, and 5 students. The play won FIRST PLACE in the French Play competition at Southeastern Louisiana University's Foreign Language Festival on March 27!

Synopsis of Scenes

  • Scene 1 -- Joan convinces Count Robert de Baudricourt to give her a six-man escort to cross France from Vaucouleurs to Chinon, where the dauphin Charles (VII) is holding court.
  • Scene 2 -- Joan convinces the dauphin to give her an army to lead the first French victories in a many years over the English during the 100 Years War.
  • Scene 3 -- Joan is successful in turning the tide of French defeats into French victories.
  • Scene 4 -- After only a year of battle victories, Joan is captured and sold to the English. She stands trial conducted by English and English-ally Church officials. The main charges against her? Taking up arms as a woman and wearing men's clothes. (Waging war in itself was not a crime.) In order to escape a death penalty imposed by the Church, Joan agrees to surrender all weapons and to wear women's clothes in exchange for a life-in-prison term.
  • Scene 5 -- Joan was lied to and kept in an English-held prison instead of a Church prison where guards continue to sexually molest her (and maybe rape her?). Joan wears men's clothes again in order to defend herself better against her male tormenters. For this transgression, she is burned at the stake in a public square in Rouen.

We'll pick a place to grab a bite on the Westbank afterwards for whomever is interested and can stay.

 

Join Sam Singleton, Atheist Evangelist, for his Easter show: REVIVAL - April

When: Sunday, April 8, 2012, 8:00 PM
The Shadowbox
2400 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA
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It's Easter....let's have a proper heathen celebration!

Direct from the Reason Rally and American Atheist Convention in Washington, D.C., Brother Sam returns to New Orleans to perform REVIVAL!

A participatory event with music provided by Chris Saunders, a New Orleans fixture on the jazz scene, where every performance is unique, and you are part of the show! Serious ideas and wild humor, music and fun for everyone.

"Raise hell and put a chunk under it!"

Visit www.samsingleton.com for more info and to purchase advance tickets ($12) or pay at the door ($15). This show is rated PG-13 for language. Parents, please use discretion.

Click here to buy your ticket: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/227852

 

Donation request to suppport Zack Kopplin:

Folks, Activist Zach Kopplin is currently headed to Alexandria to confront Rick Santorum tonight about the LSEA, Louisiana Science Education Act.

American Zombie has procured a videographer to record Zach's question and Santorum's response. AZ is going to cover the cost of the videographer, which is $200, but we would like to ask anyone who supports the cause to donate to help defray the cost. Please use the Paypal link here:

All donations will go directly to NOSHA, not AZ, and anything over the $200 amount will stay with the organization.

Thanks for your help!

 

Managing Your Non-Belief in a Faithful World....March 2012

When: Saturday, March 17, 2012, 4:00 PM
Where: Audubon Zoo, Dominion Learning Center
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, (504)581-4629
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As a variation from our customary guest speaker format for monthly meetings, we hold the occasional group participation event where those in the audience may discuss a specific topic of interest and concern to secularists. This month it will be...

?How do you manage your atheism/secularism in your various roles??

Such topics to be discussed:

  • whether and how to ?come out? as a nonreligious person at work
  • how you manage your atheist identity with friends and family (especially those who are believers)
  • the reactions of others to disclosures of non-belief
  • ...and other relevant aspects of this issue

See Calendar for more information.

 

Third Tuesday Freethinkers Happy Hour - March

When: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 6pm
New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co.
4141 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
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There's lots going on in the "non-belief" world the next six weeks, so we need to come together and chat. And don't forget the eating!

With ample parking in the back, and space to gather around tables. Food and drink, what more could one ask for?

See Calendar for more information.

 

Wednesday Freethinking Happy Hour - March

When: Wednesday, March 7 at 6pm
New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co.
4141 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
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We hope everyone had a fun time at parades with friends and family. There will be lots to talk about especially now that the political year is heating up and religion seems to be at the forefront of the national discourse.

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.

 

?The Birth of Liberty and the Making of the First Amendment? - February 2012

When: Saturday, February 25, 2012, 4:00 PM
** Please note that this date is a departure from our regular "third Saturday of the month" meeting due to Mardi Gras activities. **
Where: Audubon Zoo, Dominion Learning Center
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, (504)581-4629
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John M. Barry is a prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author whose books have won more than twenty awards. In 2005 the National Academy of Sciences named "The Great Influenza: The story of the deadliest pandemic in history - a study of the 1918 pandemic", the year?s outstanding book on science or medicine. The title of his talk will be "The Birth of Liberty and the Making of the First Amendment"

In 2006 the National Academy also invited him to give its annual Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecture; he is the only non-scientist ever to give that lecture. In 1998 "Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America", won the Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians for the year?s best book of American history.

Barry's next book is "Roger Williams and The Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty". Two fault lines have divided America throughout our history: how we define the relationship between church and state and between the individual and the state.

See Calendar for more information.

 

"Why Romney's Religion Matters" by Sean Faircloth

Our guest speaker from January, Sean Faircloth, the Director of Strategy and Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

Wednesday Freethinking Happy Hour - February

When: Wednesday, February 1 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.

 

Third Tuesday Freethinking Happy Hour - January

When: Tuesday, January 17 at 6pm
Reginelli's Pizzeria
930 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA
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We're trying the downtown location of Reginelli's to give us something new for the new year.

Street parking is free beginning at 6pm and there is usually more in the CBD as people start to leave work.

They have a Tuesday $2.00 pitcher of beer special, so a pretty good deal for beer drinkers. (We expect you to share a little bit.)

If you haven't been down to their new joint on Poydras yet, it's a good way to take a little tour and see what's new.

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!

 

"A New Strategy for Atheism" - NOSHA January 2012

When: Saturday, January 21, 2012, 4:00 PM
Where: Audubon Zoo, Dominion Learning Center
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, (504)581-4629
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Our guest speaker will be Sean Faircloth, the Director of Strategy and Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

Sean Faircloth served five terms in the Maine Legislature. Faircloth served on the Judiciary and Appropriations Committees. In his last term Faircloth was elected Majority Whip by his colleagues.

An accomplished legislator, Faircloth successfully spearheaded over thirty laws, including the so-called Deadbeat Dad child support law which saved Maine taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and was later incorporated into federal law. Faircloth had numerous legislative successes in children's issues and justice system reform.

In two years as Executive Director of Secular Coalition for America, Faircloth conceived and led the Secular Decade plan, a specific strategic vision for resecularizing American government. Faircloth writes about his ten point vision of a Secular American government in his upcoming book "Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All and What to Do About It."

See Calendar for more information.

 

Wednesday Freethinking Happy Hour - January

When: Wednesday, January 4, 2012, 6:00 PM
The Irish House
1432 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
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We figured we'd give everyone a much needed break this month, especially after coming off our annual Winter Solstice party and the final push to Christmas weekend. (Even non-believers can enjoy a little of merriment during these holiest of days, don't you think?)

So, we'll head back to the lovely Irish House for some wonderful cold weather food and good cheer.

I'm including an Irish New Year's toast that is certainly very humanist and sums up nicely the goal for our monthly socials:

An Irish Toast;
"In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want."

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!