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Tennessee Atheists

A refuge for the godless in the heart of the Bible belt.

Location: Tennessee
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Tennessee Atheists group of Atheist Nexus Dead ?

Started by Anthony Jordan. Last reply by Gerald Payne Jun 14, 2015. 4 Replies

Middle Tennessee Social

Started by Sheila Varga. Last reply by Melanie Apr 9, 2015. 1 Reply

Any good things going on in Memphis?

Started by Sicile. Last reply by Jacob Alan Ross Oct 17, 2013. 5 Replies

East Tennessee Atheists

Started by Anthony Jordan. Last reply by Our Daily Train blog Jul 3, 2013. 1 Reply

Introductions - tell us about yourself!

Started by Brad Feaker. Last reply by Jenny Jun 6, 2012. 54 Replies

Did YOU enjoy your 4th of July?

Started by Robert Moore Jul 11, 2011. 0 Replies

New Information!

Started by Brad Feaker May 22, 2011. 0 Replies

New To Group

Started by Jeff Foster. Last reply by Greg Anthony Apr 27, 2011. 1 Reply

Anyone live near Cleveland / Chattanooga?

Started by Godless Glen. Last reply by Godless Glen Jan 7, 2011. 4 Replies

A talk by Victor Stenger!

Started by Brad Feaker. Last reply by Emily H Jul 23, 2010. 1 Reply

It is time to liven this place up!!

Started by Joseph. Last reply by Sicile Jul 22, 2010. 9 Replies

My favorite picture from "The Onion."

Started by Joseph. Last reply by jim jones May 19, 2010. 4 Replies

Banned Books Week

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Richard Dawkins

Researchers unite in quest for ‘standard model’ of the brain

By Alison Abbott Leading neuroscientists are joining forces to study the brain — in much the same way that physicists team up in mega-projects to hunt for new particles. The International Brain Lab (IBL), launched on 19 September, combines 21 of the foremost neuroscience laboratories in the United States and Europe into a giant collaboration that will develop theories of how the brain works by focusing on a single behaviour shared by all animals: foraging. The Wellcome Trust in London, and the Simons Foundation in Washington DC have together committed more than US$13 million over five years to kick-start the IBL. The pilot effort is an attempt to shake up cellular neuroscience, conventionally done by individual labs studying the role of a limited number of brain circuits during simple behaviours. The ‘virtual’ IBL lab will instead ask how a mouse brain, in its entirety, generates complex behaviours in constantly changing environments that mirror natural conditions.  Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below.

Trump judicial nominee said transgender children are part of ‘Satan’s plan’, defended ‘conversion therapy’

By Chris Massie and Andrew Kaczynski In a pair of 2015 speeches, President Donald Trump’s nominee for a federal judgeship in Texas described transgender children as evidence of “Satan’s plan,” lamented that states were banning conversion therapy and argued that sanctioning same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy and bestiality. Jeff Mateer, the current first assistant attorney general of Texas, was serving at the time as general counsel of the First Liberty Institute, a religious liberty advocacy group known before 2016 as the Liberty Institute. He faced criticism from LGBT rights groups for his work with the organization, such as opposing the expansion of nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people in the city of Plano. If confirmed by the US Senate, he will serve on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. In a May 2015 speech, titled “The Church and Homosexuality,” Mateer discussed a Colorado lawsuit in which the parents of a transgender girl sued her school for preventing her from using the bathroom of her choice. “In Colorado, a public school has been sued because a first grader and I forget the sex, she’s a girl who thinks she’s a boy or a boy who thinks she’s a girl, it’s probably that, a boy who thinks she’s a girl,” Mateer said in a video posted on Vimeo in 2015 and reviewed by CNN’s KFile. “And the school said, ‘Well, she’s not using the girl’s restroom.’ And so she has now sued to have a right to go in. Now, I submit to you, a parent of three children who are now young adults, a first grader really knows what their sexual identity? I mean it just really shows you how Satan’s plan is working and the destruction that’s going on.” Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below.

Marriage Equality Opponents in Australia Have Embarrassingly Bad Arguments

By Hemant Mehta Australians are debating whether to legalize marriage equality, and just as we saw in our own country, religious people are coming out against it using the worst possible arguments. Former tennis star and current bigot Margaret Court said back in May that the LGBTQ movement brainwashes children, just like Hitler did. Since that argument didn’t go over so well, she recently tried a new one: Mrs Court, a Christian minister based in Osborne Park, said the consequences of a Yes vote would be severe. “It’s not about marriage. It will affect Christian schools, it will affect freedom of speech,” she said. “There will be no Mother’s Day, there will be no Father’s Day, there will be no Easter, there will be no Christmas.” I don’t quite get the logic there. If gay people can get married, then Jesus didn’t rise from the dead? Will we not have parents anymore? Will people spend so much money on gay weddings that they have nothing left to spend on Christmas gifts? WHY CAN’T SHE EXPLAIN?! Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below.

The Real Unknown of Climate Change: Our Behavior

By Justin Gillis As Hurricane Harvey bore down on the Texas coast, few people in that state seemed to understand the nature of the looming danger. The bulletins warned of rain falling in feet, not inches. Experts pleaded with the public to wake up. J. Marshall Shepherd, head of atmospheric sciences at the University of Georgia and a leading voice in American meteorology, wrote ahead of the storm that “the most dangerous aspect of this hurricane may be days of rainfall and associated flooding.” Now we know how events in Texas turned out. Dr. Shepherd and his colleagues have spent their careers issuing a larger warning, one that much of the public still chooses to ignore. I speak, of course, about the risks of climate change. Because of atmospheric emissions from human activity, the ocean waters from which Harvey drew its final burst of strength were much warmer than they ought to have been, most likely contributing to the intensity of the deluge. If the forecasts from our scientists are anywhere close to right, we have seen nothing yet. Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below.

House votes to block DC reproductive health law

By Cristina Marcos The House voted on Thursday to prevent D.C. from receiving funding to implement a local law making it illegal for employers to discriminate against workers based on reproductive health decisions. An amendment offered by Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) to a 2018 government-spending package would prohibit the use of funds for the District to implement the law, which bans employers from punishing workers for obtaining contraception, family planning services or abortions. Palmer’s amendment was adopted on a mostly party-line vote of 214-194. Eleven Republicans joined with all but two Democrats in opposing the effort. Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below.

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Comment by Sarah H. Green on October 15, 2015 at 10:12am
Hello all! I was wondering if this group is still active.
Comment by Raina R. on November 15, 2011 at 7:04pm
Comment by Darrell on August 18, 2011 at 5:07am
Fourth Annual

Regional Atheists Picnic

Saturday September 17, 2011


at Lake Julian Park in Asheville, NC

The event this year will be catered by Jen Lovejoy, with both meats and vegan options available.

Cost per person will be $8.00 for those 12 and up, 12 and under eat free.

We have an alcohol permit this year, however alcoholic beverages will not be provided.

We ask that you please RSVP if you are planning to attend. If at all possible, advanced payment for the meal would be appreciated by September 10,

2011.

The WNCAtheists Forum and can be accessed directly here:

target="_blank">Regional Collaboration

(This list is only accessible through the direct link above,unless you are logged-in as a registered user, so use the link above if you are not registered.)


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Directions:

From North of Asheville, take I-26 East to exit 37 (Long Shoals Rd.) Turn Left on Long Shoals Rd.

From South of Asheville, take I-26 West to exit 37 (Long Shoals Rd.) Turn Right on Long Shoals Rd.

From East of Asheville, take I-40 West to exit 46A (I-26 East). Follow I-26 to exit 37 (Long Shoals Rd.) Turn Left on Long Shoals Rd.

From West of Asheville, take I-40 East to exit 46A (I-26 East). Follow I-26 to exit 37 (Long Shoals Rd.) Turn Left on Long Shoals Rd.

The entrance to the park is @1.3 miles down on the right across from Overlook Rd.


We Plan to meet @12:00 at Picnic shelter #3 near the playground and we've got the place until 7:30 PM.
Comment by Darrell on August 18, 2011 at 5:07am
<a href="http://www.wncatheists.com/RegionalPicnic.html" target="_blank">Fourth Annual
 
Regional Atheists Picnic

Saturday September 17, 2011</a>

at Lake Julian Park in Asheville, NC

The event this year will be catered by Jen Lovejoy, with both meats and vegan options available.

Cost per person will be $8.00 for those 12 and up, 12 and under eat free.

We have an alcohol permit this year, however alcoholic beverages will not be provided.

We ask that you please RSVP if you are planning to attend.   If at all possible, advanced payment for the meal would be appreciated by September 10,

2011.

The WNCAtheists Forum and can be accessed directly here: <a href="http://www.wncatheists.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=24"

target="_blank">Regional Collaboration</a>
(This list is only accessible through the direct link above,unless you are logged-in as a registered user, so use the link above if you are not registered.)

<a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Lake+Julian+Park+Asheville,+NC&sll=35.481295,-

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Directions:

From North of Asheville,  take I-26 East to exit 37 (Long Shoals Rd.)  Turn Left on Long Shoals Rd.

From South of Asheville,  take I-26 West to exit 37 (Long Shoals Rd.)  Turn Right on Long Shoals Rd.

From East of Asheville, take I-40 West to exit 46A (I-26 East).  Follow I-26 to exit 37 (Long Shoals Rd.)  Turn Left on Long Shoals Rd.

From West of Asheville, take I-40 East to exit 46A (I-26 East).  Follow I-26 to exit 37 (Long Shoals Rd.)  Turn Left on Long Shoals Rd.

The entrance to the park is @1.3 miles down on the right across from Overlook Rd.


We Plan to meet @12:00 at Picnic shelter #3 near the playground and we've got the place until 7:30 PM.
Comment by Robert Moore on July 11, 2011 at 12:03am
Soo how are my fellow Tennessee Atheists doing?! Everyone still in one or several pieces?
Comment by Cody Gaisser on April 17, 2011 at 1:58am
ACLU of Tennessee
Please visit this link, enter your zip code, and follow the instructions to generate letters to our representatives.  PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
Comment by pixie on April 14, 2011 at 8:50am

Regarding the bills running through the House and Senate:

Something is definitely fishy. The bill states that this in no way serves to promote any religous or non-religious viewpoint, but to point out the controversies in the various theories on the origins of life. So what will that look like? "Okay, class, I am required by law to tell you that the theories on the chemical origin of life and evolution are controversial. Unfortunately, I am unable to discuss any other theories because they all have to do with some sort of creator/space alien involvement and that falls under forbidden categories." The bill seems a little unnecessary, since to my knowledge (which may in fact be limited), the only controversy is between mainstream science and religion.

 

Can anyone shed some light on this?

Comment by Cody Gaisser on April 13, 2011 at 9:14pm

House Bill 368 passed on April 7, now watch out for Senate Bill 0893.  This bill is disguised as promoting critical thinking and scrutinizing scientific evidence, but in actuality is a classic creationist "Teach the Controversy" bill.  Just wanted to make sure everyone was aware of this.


The bill, or at least I believe it to be the current version:

http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/SB0893.pdf


A committee meeting that makes abundantly clear the intent of this bill:http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/default.aspx?BillNumber=SB...


Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Cody Gaisser

Comment by Brad Feaker on March 28, 2011 at 1:57pm
Everyone - I have committed myself to making this a very active group - I have been very lax in keeping this site updated and that is going to be changed.  Help me make this a lively place to gather and discuss!
Comment by doubtingED on March 27, 2011 at 10:47am
Hey, just joined.....is this a very active group?
 

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