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Started by Sixfeetunderthegun. Last reply by Jack Mallah Sep 8, 2009.
Hi WV Atheists! An ad hoc group of people is planning a statewide nontheist conference to take place on a Friday evening and all day Saturday sometime in the next year in Morgantown, and we want your input. Please take thissurvey http://tinyurl.com/mountainreason which closes on February 9. It won't take long and we wanna hear what you want. Please pass it on to any interested individuals or groups you know, too. Thank you! :
For more info, see
This will be a "lunch hour" conference call, THIS Thursday at 1PM. To participate, call (530) 881-1400 and enter the participant code 978895 to form a WV chapter of SECULAR COALITION OF AMERICA (SCA).
For more information, see Jeffrey Samuelson 's previous comment.
Interested in secular government? Here's an email I just sent to several Freethought groups:
You may be aware that the Secular Coalition for America is working to set up a chapter in each state. Their stated purpose is to "bring together secular Americans in each state to influence government officials, legislation, and regulations." Having already succeeded in setting up chapters in several states, on Thursday, October 18th they held an initial conference call concerning the possibility of setting up a chapter here in West Virginia. Unfortunately, only two secular West Virginia residents were on the call - William, who lives near Charleston, and me.As you know, church-state issues are rearing up in many states, and WV is no exception. For example: WV HB 2126 would exempt children receiving an exemption from compulsory school attendance, in favor of church school, from standardized testing requirements. WV HB 2564 would designate the first Thursday in May the West Virginia Day of Prayer. WV HB 2662 would exempt existing churches from paying tax on propane and other forms of heating oil (Sources: Secular Coalition for West Virginia Monthly Conference Call Agenda; see: http://secular.org/event/secular-coalition-west-virginia-monthly-co...; and the West Virginia Legislature bill tracking site, http://www.legis.state.wv.us/billstatus_personalized/persbills_logi...). Being interested in church-state separation, but new to WV (moved here in December 2011), I'm concerned about this kind of legislation. You might be too. Being a bit of an optimist as well, I like to think we can become a force to be reckoned with. Provided we get involved, that is. Now, maybe it's not my place to be doing this, but since the Secular Coalition isn't familiar with what local groups exist, I thought it would be worth calling your attention to this effort in the hope of having more people join the next call. It's happening on November 15th, and while the goal is to get as many people actively involved as possible, there's no obligation (or pressure) to do so. Even if you don't consider yourself the political type, you can join in just to listen. You can learn more at http://secular.org/states/chapters/west_virginia. Or, if you prefer, feel free to email me. I'll be glad to help, if I can. Thanks for your time & consideration! I hope you'll join William & me on the next conference call!
Sorry, I'll have to stay in the NO column, and I've been "celebrating" Xmas at the inlaws for 22 years and STILL feell excluded. My jewish parents always made a point of how silly the xtian kids were to believe in Santa, and how come the Chinese worked on Xmas (this was before everybody volunteered at soup kitchens on Xmas).
To me, this Christmas day is all about exclusion, and nowadays, you can see that the right wing is bringing it back to that, by bringing the Christ back into the holiday. Fine, no holiday for anybody. Why waste a whole freaking month to celebrate a pagan ritual?
BTW, as I type this, I am fully aware that this is mostly the 9 year old Jewish girl being excluded from the perceived fun, not the 50 year old woman who supposedly has some wisdom.
In my opinion, Jennifer, the first thing is to link up with others offline, like we're doing. Then comes making our presence known, either through advocacy or volunteerism. Letters to the Editor of various newspapers (I happen to have followed my own advice once on that, just hours after moving into our new house by sending one to the Journal News re: Jesus & Christmas; see http://www.atheistnexus.org/profiles/blogs/moving-to-god-s-country-...), contacting congressional representatives, and much more. But even just networking and socializing with each other makes a difference, even if it is just social. Not everyone's an activist.
what shall we do? I have a child in public school, my hope would be something to counter-act all the X-mas krap in December---that is NOT holidays around the world. They think if they give lip service to Hanuka and kwanza(!), etc thats good. The idea of reason never seems to occur to anyone.
Greg, I think many of us share your concerns. But, as they say, there is strength in numbers, and we're becoming more focused and cohesive. We can make ourselves heard!
For those who are interested, my wife & I - who are members of an atheist meetup in Hagerstown and one in Winchester - just started a meetup in the Eastern panhandle. Check out: http://www.meetup.com/Mountain-State-Freethinkers/. Our first meetup is scheduled for June 9th.
how do we go about organizing such a thing ? I live in Jefferson County, and would be thrilled to help arrange such a thing?
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