Skeptics of Tucson Meetup on Mondayby Don Lacey on Sep. 04, 2013, under Atheism, AZ Politics, Christian Self-Righteous Arrogance, Christianity, Critical Thinking, Education, Environment, Faith, Freethought, Freethought Events, Government, Logic, Materialism, Nature, Reason, Religion, Responsible Government, Science, Separation of Church & State, Skepticism
It’s September already! This month we’ll have another discussion about the harm that lack of Skepticism can cause. Seldom is anyone seriously hurt as a result of reading the daily horoscope. On the other hand, rejecting science based medicine at the behest of an iridologist could have serious, sometimes deadly consequences. Also, plan on discussing the importance of periodic skepticism inoculations (i.e. our monthly meetings).
If someone would like to do a little research on psychic activity in the Tucson area, the next psychic fair will be the Sunday before our meeting. A couple could go together to get firsthand accounts and include them in the discussions at the meeting.
The Next Psychic Fair Is September 8, 2013
9 AM – 4 PM
Free Admission - Readings and Services 15 minutes / $20
Windmill Suites – St. Philip’s Plaza, 4250 N. Campbell Ave.
The monthly meetings of the Skeptics of Tucson are held on the second Monday of the Month at the Denny’s on Speedway, near Alvernon at 7PM. Many show up early for dinner and conversation prior to the official meeting.
The Tucson Freethinking Community—Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists, and Skeptics—is large, diverse, and constantly growing. Often, it may seem that the members aren’t on the same team. It’s true! We’re not on the same team but we might be considered in the same league. Large, national organizations include American Atheists, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Atheist Alliance of America, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and the newly named Secular Party of America, and others. Locally, we have FreeThought Arizona, the Tucson Atheists, Skeptics of Tucson, Recovering from Religion, the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Arizona, and other less formal groups. While there are overlapping memberships, each group has its own way of doing things. Each team puts emphasis on different aspects of freethinking. For example, the American Atheists like to call themselves the marines of the movement with direct sometimes provocative action, while the Freedom from Religion Foundation concentrates on taking action against church/state violations through letters to representatives and ultimately the courts. There are a couple of organizations that work to represent multiple organizations. They are commonly called coalitions. The Secular Coalition for America uses the power of the membership of many organizations to influence the United States Legislature. Lobbying is their specialty. Our state has its own chapter of the coalition—the Secular Coalition for Arizona representing at least ten freethinking organizations and lobbying the Arizona Legislature on their behalf. There is also a national coalition for communicating secular messages to the public—the United Coalition of Reason. Their latest action placed several bulletin boards in South Dakota. The boards simply said, “Don’t believe in God? Join the club!”
Locally, FreeThought Arizona holds monthly lectures by local and national experts on science, faith, Skepticism, and Humanism. This month there will be a lecture on Climate Change in the Southwest United States by Dr. Gregg Garfin. He is from the University of Arizona and the Deputy Director for Science Translation & Outreach, Institute of the Environment. His lecture will be at the U of A Medical Center’s Duvall Auditorium on the 22nd of September at 10 AM. Next month, on the 20th of October, David Silverman, the President of the American Atheists will be at the UMC to discuss Why Firebrand Atheism is Humanistic, Ethical, and Downright Nice.
Tucson Atheists, Skeptics of Tucson, and Recovering from Religion are meetup groups that can be found by searching www.meetup.com. Membership in meetup groups is free.
If you’re a student at the University of Arizona, you should check out the Secular Student Alliance. It is a young group with many activities.
Please note that none of these organizations are there to eliminate churches. While we advocate freethinking, we don’t actively deconvert the believers. The organizations exist to support the freethinkers. They exist to protect rights, and in some cases, they are there to insure that churches follow rules and to prevent preferential treatment of the religious over the non-religious. Membership and participation in freethinking, particularly skeptical, organizations may also protect you from scams by emphasizing critical thinking skills.