Monthly Archives: February 2011
FIRST PLACE WINNER
Created By Leaders&Flares.
Submitted on 01.31.2011
Mega-churches have used religion as fund-raising tool for too long. They shower their followers in sanctimonious platitudes, then clamor for their cash. This video encourages a new definition of tithing by giving to causes with accountability.
SECOND PLACE WINNER
Created By beauski.
Submitted on 01.31.2011
Everyone has their beliefs as to how they fit into the world. However, only those who think for themselves, rather than blindly follow, will truly experience the real world. This animated tale is about one character’s journey learning that lesson.
See more at Project Reason
Credit: Bruce Wilson
Government funded missionaries in public schools? The idea would flabbergast many of America’s founders, most certainly the architects of the United States Constitution. Here’s the background: As a February 23rd, 2011 story from the Florida Independent, by Andy Kopsa, describes, the American leader of the Florida-based abstinence-only education program Project SOS endorses Martin Ssempa, a leading Uganda backer of the so-called “Kill the gays” bill that may soon come up for a vote in Uganda’s parliament. Project SOS has received over six and a half million dollars in federal funding, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since 2002, to teach abstinence education in Florida public schools. The funding continues into the present – in September SOS received over $450,000 from HHS. … read more
CNCAH will be supporting The Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear Chapter of AHA by committing volunteers to staff their booth in the Street Fair of the Wilmington Azalea Festival.
Please come along and support the cause!
The Street Fair lasts from 8-9AM – 6PM on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April.
If you can offer assistance on either Saturday or Sunday to help run the booth, greet the public and help promote Humanism please send us an e-mail for more information.
(You can view the video between Feb 12 – March 12 here.)
Even before they took place, the 2005 Kansas school board hearings on evolution were recognized as a pivotal battle in America’s ongoing war over teaching evolution in the public schools. Organized by believers in Intelligent Design and convened by creationists, the hearings provided a testing ground for the successful legal and political tactics that drive today’s ongoing actions by anti-evolution organizations in the US and around the world. On the pro-evolution side, they inspired a worldwide boycott of the event by mainstream science.
Kansas vs. Darwin reveals the fascinating and sometimes baffling personalities behind the spectacle, with exclusive footage of the hearings and revealing, in-depth interviews with the major figures on both sides. Never revealing their own opinions, the filmmakers allow the characters to fight it out, with emotionally polarizing and often humorous results. The witnesses at the hearings include anti-evolution scientists, educators, and even a middle-eastern journalist. Their opinions are refuted in interviews with their pro-evolution counterparts.
More than a political documentary, Kansas vs. Darwin takes you to the dark heart of the culture wars, examining the confusing crossroads of politics, religion, science and education. The film is delineated by chapters that guide the exploration of its various themes, including the meaning of evolution as it affects man’s sense of purpose, the definition of science, materialism vs. spirituality, and the responsibility of educators regarding the religious beliefs of their students.
News Release: February 17, 2011
Topics, rules and deadlines for the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s 2011 high school, college and graduate/mature student essay scholarship competitions have been released.
FFRF, an educational state/church watchdog that has 16,000 members nationwide, has offered essay competitions to college students since 1979. In 1994, FFRF added a separate contest for college-bound high school seniors. The Foundation debuted its first “graduate/mature students over age 25″ competition in 2010, resulting in many excellent essays.
Each competition awards a $2,000 cash scholarship for the first-place essay, a $1,000 cash scholarship for second place, $500 for third place and $300 for a newly offered fourth place. Several $200 “honorable mentions” are awarded at judges’ discretion.
Foundation members are asked to publicize the essay competitions to their local high schools, colleges and universities.
For details on FFRF’s scholarship opportunities, click here.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., is a national association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics) that has been working since 1978 to keep church and state separate.
Biblical scholars have predicted the end of the world will occur on May 21, 2011, but we plan on still being here! A party to celebrate our continued existence will be held at the Rainbow Room in Historic Downtown Fayetteville, the perfect location for this once in a lifetime event! Advanced reservations are available by clicking on the Events Page – space will be limited. This event is being held as a fundraiser and membership drive for CNCAH. Donations are tax-deductible.
This VIP Event will provide you with FREE entry to the RAPture Rap-Up and an opportunity to meet Greydon Square!
Central NC Atheists & Humanists in partnership with the Humanists & Freethinkers of Cape Fear proudly present… RAPture RAP-Up featuring Greydon Square.
On what would have been the 202nd birthday of Charles Darwin, we are thrilled to officially announce that Central North Carolina Atheists & Humanists is now the newest local Charter Chapter of the American Humanist Association! Our affiliation with AHA will allow us to increase awareness of Secularism and the Humanistic philosophy in and around the central NC region. Please join our celebration by supporting Representative Pete Stark’s effort to pass H. Res 81, which would officially designate February 12 as the national recognition of Darwin Day.
Visit AHA’s Action Center to learn more and access the contact form.
The Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear are proud to fully endorse the Central North Carolina Atheists and Humanists, based in Fayetteville North Carolina.
We believe they are a strong and exciting new voice for Secularism across the state, and are sure that they will make great positive contributions, both in raising awareness of Humanist and Atheist issues, and in providing a welcoming community for Freethinkers throughout the central region.
We are extremely fortunate to see new communities such as the CNCAH forming across the United States, and know that their activities will enhance our message locally and nationally.
It is vitally important that all secular groups with shared positive natural philosophies establish strong bonds across the Carolinas and East Coast, both to amplify our message of positive Freethinking, and also maximize the resources available to new and established organizations.
We look forward to a long and prosperous association with the CNCAH, and offer them our greatest support for their efforts in the future.