Speaker Dave Niose - Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans
Sep 23, 2012 / 4:00PM
Gage Hall, 4 Archdale Street
Today, nonbelievers are a rapidly growing group at a time when traditional Christian churches are dwindling in numbers - and they are flexing their muscles like never before. David Niose explores what this new force means for the unchallenged dominance of the Religious Right. Hitting on all the hot-button issues that divide the country - from gay marriage to education policy to contentious church-state battles - he shows how this movement is gaining traction and fighting for its rights. Secular Americans are mobilizing and forming groups all over the country (even atheist clubs in Bible-belt high schools) to challenge the exaltation of religion in American politics and public life. Disenchanted at how far America has wandered from its secular roots, nonbelievers are emerging to fight for equality and rational public policy.
David Niose, an attorney from Massachusetts, is currently erving his second term as president of the American Humanist Association. He previously served as treasurer of the organization for four years. An advocate of identity-oriented secular activism, Niose is currently lead counsel in a case challenging the "under God" wording of the Pledge of Allegiance on equal protection grounds.
As always, we will go to dinner at a nearby restaurant after the meeting.
**Please note that, as the 4th Sunday of the month, this meeting date is a departure from our normal 3rd Sunday of the month for our speaker meetings. We will resume our regular schedule next month.|
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