Special Events

The booth for the Kentucky Secular Society and Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers is now up and ready for the Kentucky State Fair to start! We will be there the whole time, from the morning of Thursday, August 18 to Sunday, August 27.
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The Kentucky State Fair is our biggest outreach activity. Our goals are to reach out to atheists among the general public, to normalize atheism, promote the separation of church and state, and support accurate science education.

We are in booth 1436. Our location is marked in red in the map at the link below.

South Wing map showing LAF booth location

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by Lyz Liddell
Executive Director
Reason Rally 2016

The latest polls show that the percentage of people who don’t care about a candidate's religion is increasing, and that “nones” are an ever-growing segment of the under-45 population — key voters! That’s great news for those who support separation of church and state, critical thinking, and just plain good sense. As the Pew Research report [http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/] states:

Meanwhile, the number of religiously unaffiliated adults has increased by roughly 19 million since 2007. There are now approximately 56 million religiously unaffiliated adults in the U.S., and this group – sometimes called religious ‘nones’ – is more numerous than either Catholics or mainline Protestants, according to the new survey. Indeed, the unaffiliated are now second in size only to evangelical Protestants among major religious groups in the U.S.

We all have the opportunity to celebrate our increasing numbers — and build our power as a voting bloc — by attending Reason Rally 2016, June 4, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. You’ll hear great speakers and entertainers — Carolyn Porco, Bill Nye, Julia Sweeney and more — as well as comedians, lots of music, and a good time for all.

It’s a Voting Bloc Party for those who believe that public policy should be made based on scientific evidence, not religious beliefs. It’s also an opportunity to take the message of science-driven public policy directly to your own members of Congress on the lobbying days that precede Reason Rally 2016. The focus of the lobbying will be sex education and the wasted money devoted to abstinence-only curricula that have been shown to be counter-productive. IN fact, abstinence-only sex ed correlates with increased teen pregnancy!

So check out the speakers, hotel and travel deals, and sign up to lobby at our website, reasonrally.org. Bring your friends, then go home and vote in every election, from school board to president. Let’s Speak Up for Reason! Let’s make the media and politicians court us as much as they court the religious right.

 

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The Greatest Story Every Sold: America's Judeo-Christian Heritage from Mikel on Vimeo.

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Shelley Segal singing for the Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers Meetup

The May meetup was extra an extra special meetup for the Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers. During her tour of the US, Shelley Segal stopped in Louisville, Kentucky to give a stunning live performance at our meeting. The lineup included songs from her first album An Atheist Album and her project with Adam Levy called Little March. If you are familiar with An Atheist Album, the stories behind the songs are particularly fascinating (at least they were to me).

Whoever said that atheists have no songs? 🙂

See the full performance here.

You can find more information about Shelley Segal at her website http://www.shelleysegal.com/.

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Saturday's Darwin Day event was a great success! In total we had about 80 visitors and raised over $100 for the newly forming Kentuckians for Science Education.

More photos with Darwin can be seen at http://photoswithdarwin.tumblr.com.

DarwinCharles Darwin was a remarkable and influential man who marked the most important milestone in humanity's pulling away from relying on religious explanations of the world and our own origins and instead examining the evidence directly to find out what really happened. He is a hero not only to atheists but to all who respect reason and science.

You are invited to join us for a celebration of Charles Darwin and his accomplishments! The address and tentative schedule is posted below. This event is free and open to the public.

Date:

Saturday February 9, 2013

Venue:

First Unitarian Church 809
South Fourth Street
Louisville, KY

Schedule:

3:00 - 3:30 : Vote for best cake at $1 per vote; Pictures with Darwin; visit group tables;
3:30 - 4:30 : Rob Bevins of Ky Science Education on The Darwin We Don't Know
4:30 - 5:00 : Cake contest results announced. Eat cake. Pictures with Darwin.
5:00 - 5:30 : Kitchen Sink Science
5:30 - 6:00 : Eat cake and visit group tables; Pictures with Darwin

Holiday/End of the Year Party: December 21, 7:00 PM - Midnight 

It's almost time for the annual Holiday Party! And this year, since the Mayans have reportedly predicted the end of the world on December 21, it is also the End of the Year Party. The party is happening at the Hensley's house and will include the Last Supper, gift exchange, and showing of the film Marjo. 

If you wish to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a small wrapped "family friendly" gift item. We will provide a main meat dish and soft drinks. Please bring a side dish or dessert and your own alcoholic beverages.

Also bring dry and canned food items for Dare to Care, to help feed those in need just in case the world does not actually end.

Please RSVP at Meetup.com if you are coming so that we know how many attendees to expect.