Camp Quest West Summer of 2013

Camp Quest

Camp Quest is a week long sleepaway summer camp designed for children (ages 8-17) from non-religious families: atheists, humanists, agnostics, freethinkers and others with a naturalistic world view. The camp has traditional activities (like swimming, star gazing, arts and crafts, and archery) along with freethinking, skeptic-based, science, and Humanism activities. It’s a blend of world-class science and critical thinking games with the traditional all-American outdoor camp experience.

It’s their second year in the Los Angeles area and they’ve already moved to a bigger location. That means even more kids can participate. Atheists United is helping Camp Quest raise money for families who can’t afford the full cost of sending their child to camp. We believe that an experience like this is invaluable for a child growing up. Please help us by donating money directly to Camp Quest, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Every dollar raised will help a family that cannot afford to send their child to camp.

Our goal is to raise enough money to send 4 children to camp, that’s $1,988. Please help us share this amazing experience with more children.

Click here to donate and learn more about Camp Quest

Summer Solstice BBQ, Potluck & Games Party

Date: Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 at 11am.

Atheists United Summer Solstice BBQ and Games 2012 highlights

Summer is almost here. The solstice marks the onset of summer, at the time of the longest day, in the northern hemisphere. Celebrate the new season with Atheists United at our BBQ party!

There’ll be great food cooking on the patio while we play card and board games with each other. The event will be very casual. Start a game yourself, join others, help out with the BBQ or just sit back and talk with other members. (more…)

General Meeting: Comedian Betsy Salkind – Irreverent In All the Right Ways

Event date: Sunday, May 26th, 2013 at 11 am
betsy salkindIf you love to laugh, be at the May 26 meeting of Atheists United. Don’t miss this special appearance by one of America’s funniest comedians—Betsy Salkind.

Betsy is an actress, comedian and former staff writer for “SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL” and the sitcom “ROSEANNE” and a joke writer for Anthony Robbins. She has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and SHOWTIME’s “Fierce Funny Women” and is the author of Betsy’s Sunday School Bible Classics and other children-style books for adults, and a contributor to the just-released No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Motherhood.

The Boston Globe said, “There are countless ways to make someone laugh, and Betsy Salkind knows most of them. Want sarcastic wit? Political humor? Or maybe just a good animal mime? Salkind can pull all that off and more.” (more…)

Herb Silverman (Candidate Without A Prayer) Continental Breakfast and Talk

Date: Sunday, April 21st, 2013 at 9am

Herb SilvermanHerb Silverman, author of Candidate Without A Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt, will be speaking at an Atheists United event about his deeply revealing and engaging autobiography. In it, he takes the reader from his childhood as an Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, where he stopped fasting on Yom Kippur to test God’s existence, to his adult life in the heart of the Bible Belt, where he became a legendary figure within America’s secular activist community and remains one of its most beloved leaders.

In the video below, you can see Herb speak at previous Atheists United event about his run for governor of South Carolina to challenge the state’s constitutional provision that prohibited atheists from holding public office. (more…)

Atheists United At The Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books 2013

Date: Saturday, April 20th, 2013 & Sunday, April 21st, 2013.

Location: University of Southern California, booth #162.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2012Once again Atheists United will sponsor a booth (#162) at the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The festival will be held on the University of Southern California campus on Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st.

The festival began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 140,000 book lovers each year. (more…)

General Meeting: Eddie Tabash: Taking Atheism To The General Public – The Time Is Now

Event date: Sunday, April 28th, 2013 at 11 am

Eddie TabashEvery generation has had a false start in the effort to overcome religious dogma. It seems as if free thinking will have an impact on society but even the most promising outreach has ultimately dissipated. Eddie Tabash will be presenting his blueprint for finally achieving appropriate public recognition.

Eddie Tabash is an American lawyer and political and social activist. An atheist and a proponent of the Establishment Clause, Tabash has debated several world renown religious philosophers, including William Lane Craig, Peter van Inwagen and Richard Swinburne. He is the Chair of the First Amendment Task Force for the Council for Secular Humanism and has written amicus briefs for both the U.S. Supreme Court and the California State Supreme Court. (more…)

General Meeting – Movie: Letting Go Of God

Date Sunday, February 24th, 2013 at 11am

This Sunday, we’re going to watch Julia Sweeney’s brilliant monologue: Letting Go of God

Julia Sweeney was a “happy Catholic girl” when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. “What an eye opener that was!” she says.

“Next thing you know, I was on a quest for something I could really believe in. I traveled to places like Bhutan, Ecuador, and my local Starbucks looking for answers.

Would I embrace Buddhism?
New Age pseudo-science?
Was I a freak for feeling the way I did, or were there other people out there just like me?

I was grappling with serious questions. But, somehow, a lot of the things that were happening to me seemed, well, funny.” (more…)

Ardent Atheist’s 100th Podcast Episode

Atheists United supports the secular community by listing events hosted by other organizations. The following event isn’t hosted by Atheists United but we think it’ll be of interest to our community.

Ardent Atheist's 100th Episode

Join Emery Emery, Heather Henderson and guests this Wednesday at 7 p.m. for a live taping at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Universal City Walk.

Click here for event details.

Click here to learn more about the Ardent Atheist podcast.

General Meeting: How Big is Big, How Far is Far

Event date: Sunday, January 27th, 2013 at 11am

Boy with telescope looking at the starsEvery part of this planet is made of stars (yes even us) and Richard Wade is going to show us just what that means.

Richard’s presentation “How Big is Big, How Far is Far” is a lively participatory talk about sizes and distances of things in astronomy.  Using common objects, the audience helps build scale models of the earth, moon, sun, solar system and other stars to grasp the vastness of the universe in a much better way than just hearing large numbers.  This wonderfully entertaining and informative show is suitable for children and adults. (more…)

Santa Monica Nativity Scene/Winter Display Videos

winter-displayThe annual Winter Display program was created by Santa Monica nearly 60 years ago to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with a month long nativity scene that extended over a city block. Over the decades, Atheists United has fought to end this illegal use of government resources.

In 2011, Atheists United, Damon Vix and other secularists put up several displays in protest of this blatant government support of religion. Below are two videos that highlight the work to finally end this program and restore balance back to the community.

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During the 30th anniversary party for Atheists United, Michael Khalili and Damon Vix talk about the history of the Santa Monica Winter Display.

In 2012, the city held 2 special hearings to decide what to do. Atheists United organized its members to join the hearings and speak out against the government’s support of religion. This video is a composite of two council meetings. You can hear the two sides argue for/against the Winter Display.

Highlights from the nativity scene supporters:

  • Atheists are accused of being outsiders and not part of the community.
  • Religious people claim the Winter Display represents all people (except atheists).
  • Love & peace… go away atheists.
  • Atheists are a minority that shouldn’t be heard.
  • Religious majority groups who got special favoritism for nearly 60 years are the victims.
  • Atheists are compared to extremist groups.
  • Winter Display is inviting to the Christian community, never mind anyone else.
  • Atheists are just a group of haters.

First meeting:

  • We waited 6 hours to speak during the first meeting.
  • 13 people spoke against the displays.
  • 10 of those were thanks to Atheists United.
  • 14 people spoke in favor of the displays.

Second meeting:

  • 12 people spoke against the displays.
  • 11 of them were thanks to Atheists United.
  • 24 people spoke in favor of the displays.

We have the law on our side and we will continue to fight for separation of government and religion.

Atheists United is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We’re able to fight for secular freedoms thanks to memberships and donations.