Tulsa Atheist Rendezvous

Tulsa Atheist Rendezvous grew out of the Atheists Meetup group in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We seek to provide an opportunity for those who self-identify as atheists to meet with one another for fellowship and to discuss matters of mutual interest. --Dan Nerren, moderator

Monday, April 17, 2006

The April Rendezvous

The April Rendezvous will be held at Panera Bread at 5601 E. 41st St. It's just a stone's throw east of Southroads Shopping Center. Gather there around 2pm on Sunday, April 23. If you would like to do your small part in keeping freethought literature alive, bring something to read to the group. My selection is going to be the poem "Sarah" by Philip Appleman.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Actually doing something

We freethinkers do a lot of talking, but we don't act often upon what we talk about. As the cliche goes, we talk the talk but don't walk the walk. If you would like to do more walking, here is an idea. Many of you will recognize the name Brian Flemming from the DVDThe God Who Wasn't There.

Brian Sapient of the Rational Response Squad interviews Brian Flemming in this 18-min. MP3 clip. Brian and Brian discuss how the War on Easter is being conducted, why it is being conducted, and the effectiveness of ridicule in combating noxious institutions.

To hear the interview, go to www.waroneaster.org. Find the post titled "Radio interview." Look for the text in the paragraph above. Put your cursor on "18-min. MP3 clip" and click.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Hooray for Larry Hicks

Perhaps you saw the letter from Larry Hicks recently in the paper in which he said "I am an atheist" before going on to make his point.

I am glad to see atheists such as Larry who are willing to identify themselves as atheists. It must be disheartening to the theists in our area who desire to keep us in the closet to see atheism openly prolaimed. How do we ever expect to gain acceptance if we ourselves do not have the courage to admit who we are? We must not allow the fundamentalists intimidate us into silence.

I sometimes hear people say "We could have more members in HAT if we would avoid using the "a" word." This leads me to ask, how far are we willing to compromise our principles or dissemble about who we are for the sake of gaining members?

I am an atheist, and I will proudly proclaim it.

Below are some comments from Larry on the need to identify ourselves as atheists.

I sent the article out to many friends when I submitted to the paper. A friend who is a retired prof of religion at UT e-mailed immediately and advised that my letter would have been better if I had not used the "A" word. I didn't respond to him. I know he had a valid point, but I also know that it is important in the Tulsa community, as well as in the rest of America, to speak out about who we are and where we come from. We who are nonbelievers, I think, need to identify ourselves as such when we speak on matters that address our positions relating to civic issues, ethics, and our belief of what is right or wrong. Note: I did NOT say good or evil!