2013 Archive News

NOSHA Supports Equality


The Forum For Equality, ACLU, HRC, and others are organizing a celebration of today's Supreme Court decisions in favor of same-sex marriage. The event will begin at 5:30 this afternoon at the Pedestrian Mall at Jackson Square, in the French Quarter. NOSHA will be a supporting presence, and you're invited. Feel free to wear your NOSHA T-shirt and carry a sign saying "NOSHA Supports Equality." Harry G. will hand-letter several signs with that message, and will be at the corner of St. Peter and Chartres streets around 5PM, to hand those out. Join us there, and feel free to invite others.


Harry's Letters to the Editor


The Boy Scouts of America by a 61 percent vote of its leaders concluded that allowing membership to gay young men is in keeping with general public acceptance of homosexuality. At the same time, another minority group as large as the gay group is denied ...continue


Small-town atheist


Alex Woodward on Jerry DeWitt, the former Pentecostal preacher whose new book, Hope After Faith, chronicles his journey to disbelief.


Secular Woman Welcomes New Board Member


Congratulations to our own Charlotte Klasson, who was just named to the board of directors of Secular Woman!


Bill Moyers - Fighting Creeping Creationism


Zack Kopplin on fighting the onslaught of creationism and Susan Jacoby on the challenges of free thinking in America.

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Starting Trouble


You can't take Harry anywhere! The trouble maker is at it again.


Beyond the Pale Blue Dot: A Retrospective on the Limitless Capacity of the Human Mind for Exploration and Wonder.


When: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7:30pm


2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Ponchartrain Astronomy Society presents Isaac Meisenheimer's "Beyond the Pale Blue Dot: A Retrospective on the Limitless Capacity of the Human Mind for Exploration and Wonder."

March 22nd 7:30-9:00pm

Science Building Room 1001

Open to the public

Visit Ponchartrain Astronomy Society for more information.


Review of Greer-Heard(2013)


The 2013 Greer-Heard forum took place at the Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans on February 15th and 16th. The forum is an annual event designed to present a diversity of opinions on broad religious issues, and often includes a point-counterpoint between a theist and a non-theist. This year's forum was probably of less interest to most non-believers, as the various opinions represented were all within the Christian tradition. Nevertheless, the topic was one of broad interest: The Bible and Sex.

The presenters were all highly qualified scholars able to read biblical texts in their original languages. The more progressive among them emphasized that there exists a vast cultural chasm between our culture and the cultures of the writers of the Bible, that reading scripture always requires interpretation (whether the reader wants to admit that or not), and that the interpreter must always take responsibility for the interpretation given. More conservative presenters asserted that biblical texts have correct meanings intended by the original writers, that the reader's job is to extract those original meanings from the text, and never to read modern meanings into it. Unsurprisingly, the more progressive scholars were more supportive of equality for women and sexual minorities, and more supportive of more flexible sexual ethics, while the conservative scholars were not.

It was interesting to see such a variety of opinions among Christian scholars. These were not just disagreements of interpretation and application, but also disagreements about the methods to be used in deriving those interpretations and applications. To what degree may we understand scripture as allegory rather than fact? How can we tell when a particular biblical narrative is merely a narrative, or is intended to convey an ethical rule or precept? Can interpretation be guided by on-going revelation? To what degree ought we seek to apply biblical precepts to our own culture, rather than seek to structure our twenty-first century society along first-century lines?

For the non-believer, these scholars seem to be children arguing with each other over whose invisible friend could beat up the others' invisible friends. But for the non-believer who may often feel beleaguered in a society dominated by Christian believers, there is an important lesson here: Christians can't agree with each other on much of anything. The Bible is supposed at least to be divinely inspired, and for more fundamentalist believers to be a perfect revelation of divine will, yet interpretations of that inspired or revealed word vary tremendously. Moreover, that variation in interpretation is not just something we find among ordinary churchgoers; it is endemic to the high-powered biblical scholars who influence, and maybe even guide, rank-and-file opinion.

The topic of next year's Greer-Heard forum promises to be of more interest to unbelievers of all types: God and Cosmology. The main presenters will be arch-theist philosopher William Lane Craig and physicist Sean Carroll, author of From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time (2001). Save the date: Friday and Saturday, February 21st and 22nd, 2014.

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Oops! The Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st THURSDAY in March

When: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 6pm
Nirvana Indian Cuisine
4308 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
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Since this Indian buffet night on THURSDAY was so successful with the most people we've ever had at one of our dinners, we're trying it again.

It seemed to work well for everyone and who doesn't like a tasty buffet? If you haven't visited with us in a while, please feel free to stop by.


Meet the bored.

We have a volunteer board of directors who are elected to three year terms each December. Read more about them here, and find out who's who.


"Morality: What's God Got To Do With It?" - An Evening With Dan Barker

When: Friday, February 22, 2013 7:00 PM
Where: UNO, Kirschman Hall-Lecture Theatre 122
62000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans
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Many theists claim that there can be no morality without belief in God. However, many non-believers lead very moral and meaningful lives. How can they do this without a belief in a supreme being who sets the standards for right and wrong?

Don't miss this fascinating talk by former evangelical preacher turned atheist, Dan Barker, as he demonstrates why true morality must come from within us.

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The Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in February

When: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 6pm
Reginelli's Pizzeria
930 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA
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We haven't been back to Reginelli's Pizza downtown for a while and after all of the frivolity and debauchery of Mardi Gras (and after trying quite a few new places over the past few months), a little familiarity is a nice thing!

It's been one of our favorites, so pull up a chair and pull off a slice!

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First Wednesday Dinner Club & Happy Hour - February

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 6pm
Serrano's Salsa Company
4436 Veterans Memorial Bl #36, Metairie, LA
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Our friends out west spoke and we listened, so we're planning our next dinner club and happy hour for Serranos at Clearview. That is definitely closer to Kenner and Metairie and other environs beyond New Orleans.

And what's better than margaritas and Mexican food, right? So if you haven't attended because you had a hard time getting to Uptown or the Marigny, here's something that should fit the bill.

Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting and the morals are deplorable. Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country. ~ Horace Greeley on Manifest Destiny

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The "I Can't Believe It's One Week to the Super Bowl" Heretics Brunch - January

When: Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10:30am
Elizabeth's Restaurant
601 Gallier St, New Orleans, LA
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We've made it to the last weekend before the city explodes in tourists, long lines and even longer waits for a meal at your favorite restaurant.

Don't despair! We're continuing our tradition of our "last Sunday of the month" brunch so that you can enjoy some good will and good cheer before the craziness begins!

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"How we know what we know about the Big Bang, Dark Matter and Dark Energy" - January 19, 2013

When: Saturday, January 19, 2013, 4:00 PM
Where: Audubon Zoo, Dominion Learning Center
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, (504)581-4629
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A presentation by Patrick Lestrade for the non-scientist.

Science tells us that we are currently living in a 13.7-billion-year-old expanding universe that is the result of a "big bang."

In addition, it now appears that what we think of as everything, people, planets, stars, char-grilled oysters, etc., accounts for only 5% of what constitutes our Universe. Dark Matter and Dark Energy make up the much more significant 95%.

Even if it's been years since your high school science class, come hear about the evidence for these awe-inspiring ideas.

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It's Official

The NOSHA Social Aid & Pleasure Club has received word that we've been selected to join the Volunteers Beyond Belief program. It's a branch of Foundation Beyond Belief, a secular philanthropic organization.

New Orleans Secular Humanist Association is joining a community of over 2000 volunteers in 15 states. Volunteers Beyond Belief is designed to help secular groups who either are already committed to volunteering or want to get more involved with local volunteering.


Second Tuesday Dinner Club & Happy Hour - January

When: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 6pm
Indulge Island Grill
845 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA
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We're still on a kick of trying places we've never been before. Indulge Island Grill is a new restaurant (and health club) that has opened up downtown in an area with plenty of street parking at this time of day and will offer us something a little new.

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