Skeptics and Atheists of Durango NEWSLETTER July 16, 2014

Skeptics and Atheists of Durango NEWSLETTER July 16, 2014

 

Skeptics and Atheists of Durango        July 16, 2014

To sum up: 1. The Cosmos is a gigantic flywheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute.

2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride

 3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him the ride.”  – H. L. Mencken (1880—1956)

 TONIGHT –  THE SUPREMES: EXTREME ACTIVISTS OR THE MOST EXTREME ACTIVISTS?

 Pagan ‘church’ denied permits for ‘Pagan Pride Picnic’ and Pagan ‘House of Worship’.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/19/pagan-seekers-temple-arkansas_n_5511213.html

also see:  http://www.seekerstemple.com/problems-in-beebe/         Mayor of Beebe AR: “It is my opinion and the Beebe City Council’s that government leaders must pray to God as the true leader of the nation and that a nation cannot exist if they are not one nation under God trusting in God as the leader. It is my opinion government has allowed non-believers far too many liberties taking God out of our daily lives. As mayor of this city I will continue to open our meeting with a prayer and a pledge to our country – one nation under God.”


Lose Some…Win Some!    http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S3503587.shtml 

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — An atheist is set to deliver the invocation in a western New York community whose town board won a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding its right to open meetings with a prayer!


Louie Gohmert, Intellectual Powerhouse      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/10/louie-gohmert-god-atheists_n_5575241.html

Mocking non-believers for failing to grasp the logic behind the existence of God, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said: “Think about it, no matter how smart they think they are, an atheist has to admit that he believes the equation: nobody plus nothing equals everything….either you believe as a Christian that Jesus is the way, the truth, the life or you don’t.”


Here We Go!  Gitmo Detainees Seek to Exploit Supreme Mis-step    http://blogs.findlaw.com/law_and_life/2014/07/gitmo-detainees-cite-hobby-lobby-in-ramadan-prayer-petition.html

The D.C. Circuit determined that nonresident alien detainees were not “persons” for the purpose of Religious Freedom Restoration Act (1992). This is where the detainees make novel use of the recent Hobby Lobby decision and ask: Why are Gitmo detainees not “persons” under the RFRA, when corporations are?


American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynocologists Urge Override of  Hobby Lobby Decision

   Group Supports Introduction of “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act” 

http://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/News-Room/News-Releases/2014/ACOG-Statement-In-Support-of-the-Protect-Womens-Health-From-Corporate-Interference-Act

“Contraception plays an essential role in women’s preventive care, and contraception decisions should be made by a woman and her physician, based on her unique needs and preferences – not by anyone else. A woman’s boss has no role to play in her personal health care decisions…”


Now That Corporations Are Super-Citizens Owing To The U.S. Supreme Court…What Could Go Wrong?

 By letting Hobby Lobby’s owners assert their personal religious rights over an entire corporation, the Supreme Court has poked a major hole in the veil. In other words, if a company is not truly separate from its owners, the owners could be made responsible for its debts and other burdens.   http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/03/1311556/-Reason-1-SCOTUS-Will-Regret-Hobby-Lobby?detail=email#

…it’s clear that the conservative majority of justices has written itself into a corner in which it cannot refuse religious exemptions from selected tax obligations. The same preponderance of Supremes will have no way out of ruling, for example, that I and fellow Quakers (plus the Amish, Mennonites and others) do not have to pay the roughly 20 percent of our taxes that goes toward supporting the U.S. military…   http://www.salon.com/2014/07/14/scalias_major_screw_up_how_scotus_just_gave_liberals_a_huge_gift/

Tom the Dancing Bug is re-printed in the Skeptics and Atheists of Durango NEWSLETTER with the permission of Ruben Boling. Support the artist at http://gocomics.typepad.com/tomthedancingbugblog/

Member Talk, July 29th  Himalayan Kitchen  5:30 – 8:30PM

Member Caleb Ontiveros will lead a discussion about non-human animals and our relationship to them.  What rights, if any, do non-human animals have?  What are the implications for human behavior?           Dinner and informal chat from 5:30 – 6:30PM…discussion from 6:30 – 8:30PM.

 


 

Skeptics and Atheists of Durango BOOK CLUB!

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit

Betsy, the member who nominated this book, says “…it’s the best book I’ve read in a long time!”

Date and Time of the meeting is in September, TBA

Mention our S&AoD Book Club at Maria’s Books and get a 10% Discount!

Buy the club’s title of the month and receive a 15% Discount!

Please support the local bookstores!

 

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