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

Sunday, February 27, 2011

TAM meeting 2.27.11

This month’s Atheist Meetup was held on Sunday, February 27, 2011. There were approximately 30 people in attendance.

I was impressed by how well organized the meeting was and by the ability of William Poire to keep us focused on the agenda. A nice feature of today’s meeting was the addition of a printed program listing the upcoming events in March. Will listed himself “Interim President” in the program, but he did such a fine job, I wish he would consider taking the leadership for a longer period of time.

Have you found your niche yet in Tulsa Atheists? Do you see a need in the organization that you could fill? As the old Chinese proverb says, “Many hands make light work.”

One of the upcoming events will be “Secular Friends and Family” to be held this month at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks. Admission for adults is $13.95. This event will be held on Sunday, March 13 at 1 PM. It is an opportunity for secular-minded people to get together and have a good time.

Of most immediate interest is the Roy Zimmerman performance scheduled for this coming Thursday evening at the Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. 4th St. That’s just two blocks east of Peoria. For a sampling of Zimmerman, watch this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZmHC75FDqQ

February’s theme was Blacks in America; March’s theme will be women’s rights. Next month our speaker will be from the faculty of NSU and she will speak on women’s issues.

It was mentioned that two people are seeking to have the Pope investigated for crimes against humanity. How far they will get is still uncertain.

Bill brought up the perennial problem of children being indoctrinated into the religion of the parents. Mark mentioned that trying to take corrective action is frought with other problems, namely government interference in parental rights. The issue was bounced back and forth without any resolution.

The web site http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/ was mentioned as a source of assistance in creating additional advertisements. If you go there, be sure to check out the videos found there. They are some of the best I have seen.

Chris Proctor, who works with the astronomical observation post south of Mounds, attended today for the first time. He told of some of his experiences talking to church groups. Sometimes Chris will say something which does not square with the visitor’s religious views. To avoid getting sidetracked, Chris will steer them back to science and keep moving.


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