Saturday, November 28, 2009

It has happened again.

For once, it seems like Fox News actually told a story without messing up too many details. Of course, their opinions on the matter are illogical, but I think all the things they claimed to be facts actually are.



He actually has a good point at the end, how the "Holiday Tree" is going around a fine line (although the claim is that it is secular), and that it's ok simply because it's the government itself and not a private organization doing it. I don't mind it, but, like he said, having a tree was how the whole problem arose in the first place. Fox just needs to understand that having a secular government building isn't a win for atheists, it's a win for the constitution.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

150th Anniversary of Origin of Species


If you need something to be thankful for November 24th will always give you something. Today is the anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species or as the fundamentalists call it "Satan's victory jig". Bananas notwithstanding..nothing would ever be the same again. Thanks Chuck! We love you.

UnreasonableFaith.com wants to know How has believing in evolution affected your life? So chime in there or here!

Friday, November 20, 2009

FFRF Launches Atheist Billboard Campaign in Albuquerque

I can't wait to see how the Christians, who've papered the land with their own "BOW OR BURN IN HELL" billboards for many decades, will instantly find this "disrespectful" or having a Harry Potter-level social destruction index.
Other slogans:
"Imagine No Religion"
"Reason's Greetings"
"Beware of Dogma"
"Keep Religion OUT of Government"
"Praise Darwin: Evolve Beyond Belief"
stolen from: Examiner.com Article

Life & death explained as only legos and XKCD can

Click-y.

Pope calls for protection of children


World's irony detectors explode simultaneously.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Did you know most slugs are hermAAFrodites?

What an exciting week! Rain, strikes, rain, break next week, rain! Before we lapse into food coma for Thanksgiving break, let's have one more great meeting and Murphy's outing! We still have some major events when we get back, so come refreshed! As usual, we'll see you in the Natural History Building Room 229, at 7 pm this Thursday. We'll be watching a good part of the documentary The God Who Wasn't There, which makes the claim that not only was Jesus not divine, but never existed in the first place. Hope to see you there!

We have a lot of announcements/info, but please read through them, as they are all important:
 
Blood Drive
Our blood drive will be on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 in the basement of the YMCA on 1001 South Wright Street. This is a huge chance to do community service, not only because blood drives are always welcome, but especially because December is the Red Cross's hardest month to find blood donors. We have signups available from 11am to 3pm on Wednesday, please donate to support AAF and the Red Cross. We have several interfaith groups that will also be coming to donate, but let's make our presence known. For more information, or questions on whether or not you can donate, visit www.givebloodlivelife.com. If you would like to schedule an appointment between those times (this means no waiting at all and is highly encouraged as we use this to count how many nurses/staff we'll need), please email Julia Mititelu at juliamititelu@gmail.com. We're also looking for a couple of guys to help set up and take down (9:45 am and after 3 pm, need 4), and then at least 6 volunteers to work shifts between 11am and 3pm. This includes greeters, canteen servers, and escorts. All very simple jobs, but again all very appreciated! The sign up sheet for volunteering can be found here:
 
 
If you can and want to donate blood, please email juliamititelu@gmail.com with a 15 minute slot between 11 am and 3 pm. If you absolutely, positively cannot nail down a time but are going to donate blood that day, go ahead and email without a time slot. Here's all the info on it:
 
Date: December 02, 2009
Time: 11:00AM - 03:00PM
Location: University of Illinois YMCA
Address: 1001 South Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820
 
 
Speaker
We also have David Ramsey Steele coming to speak the Thursday after we get back, and if you'd like to know more about him, youtube him! He is the uncle of a long time AAF member, and we should do all we can to make him feel welcome! A specific topic has not been nailed down, but if you're interested and have seen his work, feel free to come up with some questions.
 
Upcoming Interactive CRU Event
We'd like to do a joint pizza party and open discussion (not too big) with CRU before the year ends. At this time, we'll be discussing (not arguing, yelling, cursing, or damning) topics that come up in Christian/Atheist conversation as contradictions or interesting points from either side. If you're interested in joining in this discussion, we'll be taking sign ups the week after Thanksgiving break! This will be the last meeting of the semester and will be limited to people that "sign up", but keep in mind it will be on December 10th, the night before Reading Day!

Ever feel oppressed?
We have just received an email from journalism student John Potter, who wants to do a paper on how atheists are the most looked down upon religious group (if you can call it that) and discriminated against, but the professor won't allow him to because he claims atheists "have no legitimate gripe about their treatment." Prove him wrong! Send an email to John at johnpotterin2007@yahoo.com if you have any stories you'd be willing to tell. Thanks! He appreciates it, and really wants to prove his professor wrong and write this paper.
 
Stay Dry! Song of the Week: Noah and the Whale, "Five Years Time." Yes, because of the lyrics "sun, sun, suuuun."

~AAF

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Yay pictures!

AAF founder Chris Calvey just added a bunch more pictures to our flickr photostream (there's a widget or whatever for it on the right). Take a look and see some of AAF's rich history! It's exciting stuff.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

No hangovers AAFter the barcrawl, I hope?

Hello hello! Sorry for the late email! So much drinking at the barcrawl confused our timing.

Thanks so much for making the bar crawl a success, it seems everyone had a great time, and we're excited to have another one in the spring. If you missed out (shame!), you can still get a t-shirt for $8! Just email us a size and we'll be sure to bring it to the meeting this week.

The meeting this week is on Thursday, 7 pm, in 229 Natural History Building, and our newest officer, Ed Clint, will be leading a meeting on Buddhism, talking about what he considers the less discussed "darker side" of the religion. Afterwards, get your Zen on at Murphy's (twice in one week, you can't go wrong).

Our next speaker will be coming in early December, a member's uncle, David Ramsay Steele, who will be speaking at our regular meeting time. We're not sure of the exact topic yet, but from what I've seen he seems like a great speaker. While we do have more speakers lined up for next semester, if you have suggestions we'd love to hear them (be realistic please, we'd also love to have Dawkins come).

Our Blood Drive dates are also set, so please take note of the following, and let's get a great crowd going for this! We'll be passing out a volunteer sheet/link to a website where you can fill out times you can help soon.

Date: December 02, 2009 
Time: 11:00AM - 03:00PM
Location: University of Illinois YMCA
Address: 1001 South Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820


Again, thanks for everyone's participation in this year's meetings. If you're interested in playing a larger part of AAF, come up to us at some point, we would love to have passionate people lead next year!

~AAF

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Jesus Venn Diagram


Via Buzz Feed.

Biblethumper iPhone app

(Stolen from Friendly Athiest)

We can all assume that there are a bunch of iPhone apps that give you daily quotes from the bible or inspirational Christian quotes. Here's another one, quoting a new verse every time you shake your iPhone. But I have a feeling that the selection of quotes is quite different from your average Christian iPhone app. Here's an example:

The guy who made it, Francis Dierick, is an atheist, if you couldn't guess by now. The app costs $.99 and has a rating of 17+ due to the nature of the Bible. If you have an iPhone, you should go get the app! Great for Bible quotes on the go.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Famous atheist humanists?

So, Mat and I (Franklin) were at this interfaith dinner with Eboo Patel, author of Acts of Faith and head of the Interfaith Youth Core. It was a dinner where all the leaders of religious groups got together so we could discuss why interfaith is so important, and what our campus could do about it. He started out by asking us to go around the table and, "think of one example from your tradition or background of someone performing an act of service that you find inspiring. You could quote scripture, refer to a person you look up to, etc". And for the life of me I couldn't think of any famous atheists who are famous for doing good service and helping others. There are many Secular Humanists, but I can't think of any that are known for doing service projects, helping other people, etc. Any suggestions? I know there has to be some out there.

Christ Died for Our Prices!

epic fail pictures
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Stop the war in AAFghanistan! And buy a barcrawl t-shirt.

Important news: Bar Crawl T-Shirts will be available this Thursday, so please please bring money! They're awesome! And only $8! We ditched the banana idea and went with a new design that's a lot better, so be excited!

Our meeting this week will be in Room 229 of the Natural History Building, at 7 pm this Thursday (surprised?).  A professor of political science, Prof. Seitz, will be coming in to speak with us about the separation of church and state. Feel free to bring questions, he's an excellent source on the topic, and this is the first time he's presenting for our club.

As expressed in last week's meeting, we will be having our Fall/Winter Barcrawl next week on Tuesday, November 10th. Write it down! The lineup will be as follows:

9 pm: Murphy's
10 pm: Legends
11 pm: Cly's
12 am: Joe's
1 am: Murphy's

(yes, Murphy's is there twice, it's not an accident.)

We will also be hosting two blood drives, so please note these dates: December 4th, Friday, from 11 am to 3 pm, and February 6th, Saturday, from 11 am to 3 pm. In February, we'll be working with CRU for a joint blood drive. Please come talk to Julia if you have any questions regarding eligibility for donating blood.

Our second speaker will be David Ramsay Steele, who is actually the uncle of one of our AAF members! Mark down the date for December 3rd at 7 pm in our normal room!

Hope to see everyone this week, and please don't forget to bring your t-shirt money! Or else.

-Your beloved AAF officers

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

It's a hoax!

This is true on so many levels.



Monday, November 2, 2009

The Phases of Consumer Subculture

A while ago in my Advertising 483 class (Audience Analysis) we received a handout talking about the evolution of consumer subcultures in the United States. Our teacher was applying it towards subcultures like the Hispanic and African American populations, but looking at it I realized that it could definitely apply to the atheist subculture as well. I scanned it in to show you guys (you might want to click to make it larger and clearer):


So, here's the question: Where do we as a subculture currently stand? What phase are we in? I personally think we are somewhere around phase 3. We are still often seen as a threat, people think that we want "special privileges", and, while there isn't too much discrimination by members of the American mainstream, we still don't really have recognition of political rights (at least in terms of running for positions). On the other had, we do have all the rights as everyone else as citizens. Any other opinions? I could see it going both ways.