Last week’s meeting went really well, and we learned how to jump to conclusions. This week we shall continue building our debate skills. We’ll be covering some of the typical issues seen in debates with our religious brethren. We’ll cover the questions quickly and focus more on the quality of our answers. Through this practice we should learn where the religious side is coming from, and how we can best explain our worldview.
After the meeting, our usual hangout at Jack-in-the-Box has been cancelled in favor attending OC Atheists. We will be providing carpooling to their 6:30 meeting at El Torito (by John Wayne Airport) for discussion, snacks and beverages. At 7:30 we’ll walk across the street to IHOP for the formal meeting. More information can be found at the OC Atheists website. http://www.ocatheists.com/archives/000090.shtml
Our meeting this week will begin in SSTR 103 at 5pm, where we’ll first take care of some administration and assembly, after which we’ll head to Aldrich Park for some exciting physical activities. Make sure that you are of sound mind and body, so that you can waffle in the face of daunting moral questions, run rings around circular arguments, and end it all by jumping to conclusions!
September 30th, which has been named International Blasphemy day, marks the anniversary of the publication of the Danish cartoons depicting Muhammad that started riots around the world.
You couldn’t pick a better day to have our first meeting.
The topic of AAR’s first meeting was coming up with ideas for events this quarter.
Here is what we came up with:
Hold events such as
An anti-superstition fair (break a mirror, go under a ladder, open an umbrella indoors…)
Ask an atheist booth
an Atheist Bake Sale
Doing things in response to the soon to be campus invasion by Ray Comfort & Kirk Cameron minions: (if you haven’t heard about it, read about it here)
-Creating warning stickers for bibles and handing them out
-Handing out flyers to debunk the claims made in their introduction
Having social events such as
Going on hikes
…and perhaps geocaching http://www.geocaching.com/
Having a Flying Spaghetti Monster inspired spaghetti cookout complete with a marinara baptism
Creating an atheist book club
Going to see movies in theatres:
-Lord Save Us From Your Followers
Having movie nights:
Giving back to the community with things like:
Either hosting a blood drive here on campus or making a trip to the Red Cross
Volunteering at soup kitchens and other such places
Hosting speakers (UCI professors and people from the community)
Doing publicity through Fundie Action Committee counter protesting
Handing out ramen and cup o’ noodles with club information on it.
Based off these excellent ideas and the enthuasiasm from members, this year looks like it’s going to be great!
This is going to be my last post as Secretary (after this I officially hand over the power to Eric). I just wanted to post some pictures from our last meeting of the year which was a blast. I hope everyone is having a great Summer and I hope to see you all next year!
Chris our new Publicity Chair tries to make a quiet entrance:
Hey everyone! Just a quick update. We finally got our letter sent out to Pope. We ended up sending him a letter encouraging condom use as a way to prevent AIDS. We also put a few condoms in the package to let him try them out and see how they work for him. Here are the pictures:
Secondly, we went down and donated the $73.66 we made from the bake sale to fight AIDS worldwide. Thanks for everyone who made the bake sale a great success!
Last week we had a series of events involving the pope, HIV/AIDS, and baked goods. You all know what that means! During week 3 at our Atheist bake sale we raised over $70 for the UNAIDS programme. We will be heading down to CHASE (formerly WAMU).
Here are some pictures of all the fun:
Discussing religion with other students:
Jar of souls and baked goods:
God’s shows his wrath:
Secondly, during week 4 we had William Lobdell come and give a wonderful presentation on how he gradually lost his religion covering the LA Catholic sex scandal. Here are some clips from his book tour:
Lastly, we will NOT be a general meeting next week. This is because UCI is hosting the mythbusters and we are planning to be in attendance.
Next week we will be fortunate enough to host William Lobdell (Website) here at UCI. He is a former LA Times writer and UCI graduate. William Lobdell wrote the book titled “Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America — and Found Unexpected Peace.” He will be speaking in Donald Bren Hall on April 21st from 7:00pm-10:00pm
Secondly, tomorrow we will be having our AAR Atheist bake sale. However, unlike previous bakesales this time we actually have a mission! As usual you will be able to trade your soul for a delicious baked good. However if that idea seems unappealing to you the standard fee of 50 cents for a baked good also applies. This time we will be donating all proceeds from the bake sale to the UNAIDS programme to fight AIDS worldwide. See the previous posts for more details on this organization.
It is week two! First and foremost we have a new room. This week we will be meeting in Social Science Tower 120 at the usual time. So do NOT go to HICB like last week or you will end up having a meeting all by your lonesome.
This weekend we will be having a BBQ at Stanford park on April 11th starting at 1:00PM. Everyone is invited and more then welcome. The BBQ will be potluck style so if everyone attending could bring something that would be great. Also as this is an official AAR event please no alcohol.
Lastly, next Wednesday is our famous and always controversial Atheist bake sale where you can sell your soul for a baked good. However, all proceeds will go towards the UNAIDS programme (see previous post). Secondly, you will be able to sign our letter that we are sending to the pope regarding the HIV/AIDS issue in Africa.
Hope to see you all later!
Map to the BBQ:
The blue polygon is the area where you should park and it will be taking place in Stanford Park.
You can either click here to find directions on google maps or just click on the image above to see a higher resolution version of the map.