Dave Fitzgerald on Sex & Violence in the Bible
This month we welcome our own Dave Fitzgerald speaking on “Sex & Violence in the Bible,” a hard-hitting and hilarious investigative report on how the Bible is even more twisted than you already thought…
Everyone “knows” that the Bible promotes a very rigid version of one man, one woman sexuality, incorporating a childlike vision of marital sex that is almost asexual. But, as Dave points out, “About the only major characters in the Bible who followed the one man, one woman rule were Adam and Eve, and what choice did they have?” Dave delves into Biblical accounts of orgies and homosexual couplings, along with other stories that would totally shock the average Pentecostal — if they actually read the Bible.
Then Dave examines the glorification of violence and blood sacrifice found in the Bible. And don’t forget the divinely-ordered genocide of entire tribes, sparing only the virgins for the victorious agents of God. Also the message of the New Testament is likewise truly perverse.
David Fitzgerald is an atheist activist, writer and national public speaker. He was the co-founder & director of the world’s first Atheist Film Festival and San Francisco's oldest annual Darwin Day celebration, "Evolutionpalooza!” Today he works for the Secular Student Alliance and co-runs The Godless Perverts Story Hour. He is also author of NAILED: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All and The Complete Heretic’s Guide to Western Religion series. His 2010 book NAILED critically examines the historical evidence of Christ, and he is currently working on the follow-up book, Jesus: Mything in Action, which will take on the secular arguments for the Historic Jesus.
After the meeting we will go for dinner at the Big Lantern at 3170 16th St. @ Guerrero & Valencia. Please join us.
When: Sunday, April 13 at 3:00. (Meeting will start promptly at 3:00.)
Location: Audre Lorde Room (Upstairs), Women's Building, 3543 18th (at Valencia), San Francisco
Cost: $6 Renting a meeting room means we must charge admittance. We would appreciate exact change if convenient. Most of all we want you to join us for this talk.
Note: The Women's Building is three blocks from the Mission 16th St. BART. If you don't know the neighborhood we suggest that as you reach the top of the stairs from BART, turn right and walk a few yards to 16th. Then turn left on 16th Street and walk to Valencia, then turn left on Valencia to 18th St.
Parking: Garage at 3255 21st Street (at Lexington)
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American Atheists 2014 National Convention, Salt Lake City
The 2014 American Atheists National Convention will be held April 17-20 at the Hilton Salt Lake Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
For our 40th Annual National Convention, we are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker: professional football player Chris Kluwe. Chris is an outspoken advocate for LGBT equality, free speech, and other social issues who also happens to be one of the best punters in the NFL.
In addition, American Atheists is pleased to welcome special guests Denise Stapley, winner of Survivor: Philippines, and Mark White, bass guitarist for the rock band Spin Doctors. Denise lives and works in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and is the state's only certified sex therapist. When Mark isn't playing with the Spin Doctors, he teaches and gigs with other bands.
Keynote speaker Chris Kluwe and special guests Denise Stapley and Mark White are certainly not the only big names featured at our 2014 National Convention.
Speakers already confirmed for Salt Lake City include:
• Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director of American United for the Separation of Church and State
• Maryam Namazie, spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and blogger/activist
• Matt Dillahunty, host of the Atheist Experience
• Greta Christina, author and blogger
• PZ Myers, biologist and blogger
• Marsha Botzer, founder of the Ingersoll Gender Center and LGBT activist
• Faisal Saeed al Mutar, founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement and online activist
• Sikivu Hutchinson, author of Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars
• Vyckie Garrison, founder of No Longer Quivering
• Brian Keith Dalton, creator of the hilarious short film series Mr. Deity
• And many others...
For more info and to register, click here.
Atheist Political Activism in the Bay Area
Atheist Advocates of San Francisco, along with East Bay Atheists, spearheads atheist political activism in the Bay Area. In July we called for a protest at the Oakland Zoo, demanding the removal of a Ten Commandments monument on city property. Several days before our protest, the Commandments were removed. We recently attended a Santa Clara City Council meeting, along with other activists, in support of removing a cross from a city park. We are working on crosses in Redwood City and Albany, both on public property. If you feel that social events, lectures and cultural events are not enough, you are our people. Please join us.