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2013 Calendar

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JANUARY

Sat., Jan. 19, 2013 5:00 pm, Freethinkers Forum Seasons Pizza [Kirkwood Highway], 1112 New Road, Wilmington, DE 19805. This meetup is for people to freely discuss anything they would like.
 

Sun., Jan. 27, 2013 2:00 pm, Annual Meeting, Kirkwood Library, 6000 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington DE 19808. We will review activities in and finances for 2012, and consider proposed activities and budget for 2013. We will also deal with new officers for 2013. Members are needed to step forward to lead DAH for the next year. If no new candidates are willing to serve, we will consider a bylaws amendment to allow the current officers to continue.

Monday, January 28, 2013, 7:00 pm at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia , 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA

We support The Freethought Society (FS) and the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia (EHSP), who will host Katherine Stewart as the speaker for Monday, January 28, 2013. Stewart's presentation is based on her popular book, The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children.

Photo of Katherine Stewart

Left, Katherine Stewart     Cover of book, The Good News Club

Right, The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children

 

In January, 2009, Katherine Stewart learned that the Santa Barbara public elementary school her children attended had added a Bible study class called the "Good News Club" to its afterschool program. She soon learned that the Good News Club—a seemingly spontaneous and voluntary after-school program—was in fact part of a larger, calculated initiative by national advocacy groups whose declared aim is to "take back" America's public schools and repurpose them with a Fundamentalist Christian agenda.

What happened in Stewart's community is happening nationwide: at the end of 2010 there were more than 3,500 Good News Clubs operating in public schools across the country, and the number is rapidly increasing. What's more, a landmark 2001 Supreme Court ruling not only permits such an unusual pairing of schooling and religion, it effectively makes it obligatory.

In The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children, Stewart sets out on an investigative journey to uncover the effect the Good News Clubs and similar initiatives have on our schools, children, and communities. She travels to dozens of cities and towns across the country and visits regions famous for their piety, like west Texas and Alabama, as well as places known for the opposite, like Seattle and New York City. Everywhere, she discovers religion-driven programs inserting themselves into public school systems with unprecedented force and unexpected consequences.

The Christian Right's strategy to "take back America" is stealthy, calculated, extremely well-financed, and coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

The presentation will take place at 7:00 PM at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia (1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Stewart will expose a well-funded, highly coordinated effort by Christian Nationalists to use public schools to advance a fundamentalist agenda.

Stewart is an investigative journalist and author. She began her career working for the Village Voice, Newsweek International, Rolling Stone, and Marie Claire. Stewart has also written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Bloomberg View, and Religion Dispatches.

Read more about Stewart and her eye-opening book here.

FEBRUARY

Sun., Feb. 10, 2013, 11:00 am, Darwin Day Brunch Kid Shelleen's Charcoal House & Saloon, 1801 West 14th St., Wilmington DE 19806. Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12 (Feb. 10 in our case), the anniversary of the birthday of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. Specifically, it celebrates the discoveries and life of Charles Darwin,  the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigor. More generally, Darwin Day expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity. A sample proclamation follows.

Proclamation of "International Darwin Day"

Whereas, February 12, 2013, is the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809; and

Whereas, Charles Darwin is recognized for the development of the theory of evolution by the mechanism of natural selection; and

Whereas, Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection is recognized as the foundation of modern biology, an essential tool in understanding the natural world and the development of life on earth; and

Whereas, Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection has provided and continues to provide, the basis for great advances in science, medicine, and philosophy; and

Whereas, the anniversary of Darwin's birthday is an appropriate period  on which to reflect and celebrate the importance of scientific advancement to all people; and

Whereas the City of Vancouver is rightfully proud of its commitment to scientifically-based environmental awareness, appropriate technology, and progressive education;

Now therefore, I, Gregor Robertson, Mayor of the City of Vancouver, do hereby proclaim February 12, 2013, as "International Darwin Day" in the City of Vancouver.

Sat. Feb. 16, 2013, 5:00 pm, Freethinkers Forum Seasons Pizza [Kirkwood Highway], 1112 New Road, Wilmington, DE 19805. This meetup is for people to freely discuss anything they would like.
 

MARCH

Sat. Mar. 16, 2013, 5:00 pm, Freethinkers Forum Seasons Pizza [Kirkwood Highway], 1112 New Road, Wilmington, DE 19805. This meetup is for people to freely discuss anything they would like.
 

APRIL

Sat. Apr 20. 16, 2013, 5:00 pm, Freethinkers Forum Seasons Pizza [Kirkwood Highway], 1112 New Road, Wilmington, DE 19805. This meetup is for people to freely discuss anything they would like.
 

MAY

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Sat. May 18, 2013, help us put a face on hunger and publicize the 2013 Wilmington Grand Prix with an inspiring display of community spirit by being part of the Parade to Fight Hunger. Meet at noon at 5th and Market Streets, to organize (stage) the parade, which officially begins at 1:00 pm. Following the parade enjoy six blocks of free family fun while pro and amateur cyclists compete for more than $25,000 in prizes. Enjoy a sidewalk sale and food/drink at cafes and vendors throughout the festival course.

Sat. May. 18, 2013, 5:00 pm, Freethinkers Forum Seasons Pizza [Kirkwood Highway], 1112 New Road, Wilmington, DE 19805. This meetup is for people to freely discuss anything they would like.
 

JUNE

Sat. Jun. 15, 2013, 5:00 pm, Freethinkers Forum Seasons Pizza [Kirkwood Highway], 1112 New Road, Wilmington, DE 19805. This meetup is for people to freely discuss anything they would like.

Sun. Jun. 30, 2013, 2:00 pm, Holy Hullabaloos: The State of Church/State Law in the United States Jay Wexler, author of "Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars" will talk about the various people and places he visited researching the book and about the current state of First Amendment law in the United States. Brandywine Hundred Branch Library, 1300 Foulk Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803
 

JULY

Sat. Jul. 20, 2013, 5:00 pm, Freethinkers Forum Dead Presidents Bar + Restaurant, 618 N Union St., Wilmington, DE 19805. This meetup is for people to freely discuss anything they would like.

Sat. Jul. 26, 2013, 10:00 am, Highway Clean-up, Marsh Road, Wilmington

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AUGUST

Sat., Aug. 3, 2013, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Wine and Beer Tasting, Deerfield Fine Wines, Shoppes at Louvier, 203 Louviers Drive (Papermill Road), Newark, DE (map) We are hosting a wine and beer tasting on August 3rd from 2 to 4 PM at the Deerfield Fine Wine + Spirits store. Here is a chance to socialize with local Humanists and atheists while sampling fine wines and beer. There is a limit of 20 people so RSVP promptly if you are interested. We will maintain a wait list in case of cancellations.

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Sat. Aug. 17, 2013, 5:00 pm, Freethinkers Forum, Dead Presidents Bar + Restaurant, 618 N Union St., Wilmington, DE 19805. This meetup is for people to freely discuss anything they would like.
 

SEPTEMBER

Sat. Sep. 21, 2013, 5:00 pm, Freethinkers Forum Dead Presidents Bar + Restaurant, 618 N Union St., Wilmington, DE 19805. This meetup is for people to freely discuss anything they would like.   This meetup is for people to freely discuss anything they would like.
 

OCTOBER

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Sat. Oct. 12, 2013, Frawley Stadium, Light the Night Walk to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help end cancer. Click here to donate or join our team!

Sat. Oct. 19, 2013, 5:00 pm, Freethinkers Forum Dead Presidents Bar + Restaurant, 618 N Union St., Wilmington, DE 19805. This meetup is for people to freely discuss anything they would like.
  This meetup is for people to freely discuss anything they would like.
 

NOVEMBER

Sat. Nov. 16, 2013, 5:00 pm, Freethinkers Forum Dead Presidents Bar + Restaurant, 618 N Union St., Wilmington, DE 19805. This meetup is for people to freely discuss anything they would like. This meetup is for people to freely discuss anything they would like.
 

DECEMBER

Sat. Dec. 21, 2013, 5:00 pm, Solstice Holiday Party! It will be held in the upstairs party room at Stanley' s Tavern, 2038 Foulk Rd, Wilmington, DE 19810. Stanley' s is at the intersection of Grubb Road and Foulk Road, in North Wilmington. The price is $15 per person, Children under 12 are free. There will be a cash bar. Dinner will be buffet style with two entrees and sides. We have planned entertainment and door prizes. Limited tickets, reserve now by emailing Alan Palmer.

2014 Calendar

JANUARY

Date, time and location TBA, Annual Meeting, We will review activities in and finances for 2013, and consider proposed activities and budget for 2014. We will also deal with new officers for 2014. Members are needed to step forward to lead DAH for the next year. If no new candidates are willing to serve, we will consider a bylaws amendment to allow the current officers to continue.

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DAH's 2012 Annual Meeting was held Sunday, January 29, at the Kirkwood Highway Public Library. A motion was approved to amend the Bylaws, Article III (Governance), Sec. 4 (Terms of Service), to limit Directors to no more than three (3) full, consecutive terms, effective immediately. Then, Alan Palmer, James Presley and Glen Schmiesing were reelected to the DAH Board.

We have an on-going series of informal discussions, our Freethinkers Forum, on the Third Saturday of each month at 5:00 pm back again at Dead Presidents Bar + Restaurant, 618 N Union St., Wilmington, DE 19805. This meetup is for people to freely discuss anything they would like..

Our lecture/discussion series co-sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark (UUFN) and the Delaware Association for Humanism (DAH) is suspended until further notice.

This series offers a philosophical examination of a wide range of questions in ethics and value theory, with an accent on individual choices. The program will allow an hour for discussion with drinks and snacks provided. Donations are welcomed to help defray expenses.


Book Section

Book, 'The Portable Atheist'

The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever by Christopher Hitchens (Nov 6, 2007)

Book, 'The God Delusion'

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (Jan. 16, 2008)

Book, 'The God Virus'

The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture by Darrel W. Ray (Dec. 5, 2009)

Book, 'God Is Not Great'

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens (Apr. 6, 2009)

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