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The Moral Atheist
March-April 2017

The March-April issue of The Moral Atheist is being distributed by postal mail and email (see the Table of Contents).

If you want to read the entire issue, including the cover article, letters, and back page editorial, just ask by email to communications@atheistsforhumanrights.org and we'll send it in PDF form — or printed if you'd like.

Racist, sexist, anti-gay-
born-again bigots go away.

2016: Back to the
"Moral Values" of the Past — The Unraveling of Civilization Begins


(Page 4 of The Moral Atheist newsmagazine)

AFHR Report


See Sharp Press, publishers of our 2013 book, Culture Wars, has asked me to write an updated and expanded edition based on the severe political changes occurring as a result of the election of Donald Trump. The new edition is scheduled for an August 2017 publication date.

The original edition's focus on our harmful religion-based laws will be preserved, but updated to reflect how some laws have been changed. Some were repealed or modified to remove the harm but the Trump administration is moving to reinstate them and make them even more harmful. The new attacks on public education will be emphasized.

At this writing, Trump is trying to add new restrictions involving immigrants, has appointed cabinet members with a history of hostility to state-church separation, and is aiming for a Supreme Court majority that would undo as many as possible of the civil rights advances made in the past few decades. Trump essentially controls all three branches of government—the executive, legislative and judicial. That leaves very little room for the balance of powers built into the Constitution to operate.

The new Culture Wars will be more politically useful. It will fill in the information gaps seldom if ever covered by the media—mainstream or otherwis—that citizens need to function beyond marching in the streets, as praiseworthy as that is. There will be chapters added to show how various segments of the religious right came to have such political power, what the role of large corporations has been in advancing that power, what the "original intent" of the Constitution actually was in terms of our rights and freedoms, and what the "decency voters" can do to keep the "basket of deplorables" from completely unraveling civilization. And of course, if this book makes any money it will all go to our Moral High Ground project.

— Continued in The Moral Atheist newsmagazine.


In This Issue

3   AFHR Report.
4   The Civil War that Never Really Ended. MarieAlena Castle
6   Civilization, Unraveling. Rita Swan
7   To Search for America. Stephen Van Eck
8   Deception, Evasion & Lies: The Tactics of the Religious
     Right. Jon Nelson
10  The Religious Right Strikes Back. Tim Gorski
11  The Long Slow Death of Religion. James A. Haught
      Paranoia. (Part 1 of 4) William Sierichs Jr.
15  Religion & Politics in Education. Chick Checks Out.
      Stephen Van Eck
15  Trump's Cabinet: White, rich, Misogynistic.Terry O'Neill
      How It went On the Occasion of My Passing
      Bill van Druten
BACK COVER: Religion as Brain Tumor
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The Best Policy Guide for a Religiously Neutral Secular Nation


The first full-size book by AFHR Communications Director Marie Alena Castle, published by See Sharp Press, Tucson AZ, and written at their request.

All proceeds go to support AFHR outreach activities. Available from Barnes and Noble in stores and on-line, and from Amazon.com. Cover price $14.95, 236 pp.

"Culture Wars is an engaging, compelling and important book. The public is so unaware how fragile our constitutional rights are. The book reminds me of our military men and women who return to the states as amputees and then speak strongly against intolerance because they understand that's what the fight was all about." — Andrew Dawkins, Minneapolis MN. Attorney, former Minnesota state legislator

"Culture Wars is brilliant, readable, to the point, and thorough. Marie Alena Castle has given us a timely book that deserves a wide and serious readership." — Cecil Bothwell, Asheville NC councilmember, author of The Prince of War: Billy Graham's Crusade for a Wholly Christian Empire.

"Over the years I have read many books on this subject, but Culture Wars stands head and shoulders above the crowd." — Earl Lee, librarian, author of Libraries in the Age of Mediocrity.

"I was amazed and entranced by Ms. Castle's breadth of knowledge, her passion and compassion, and clear-headed convictions." — Arvonne Fraser, former U.S. Ambassador to the United States Commission on the Status of Women.

"The author's grasp of theology and understanding of its irrelevance to how we live are impressive. This is rare in books about religion." — Kirk Buchanan, former Roman Catholic priest.

The Hub Calendar
Fireside Chat


If you are not a regular attendee, call (612) 588-1597
or email communications@atheistsforhumanrights.org

3rd Fridays 6-9+ PM
Hub of Atheism,
5146 Newton Ave. N.
Always free food and beverages.
17 March: We finalize our AFHR board election and watch the science video, "Reveries of the Connect-ed World." planned for the February Chat that was canceled due to the host's back injury (now recovering so all is well enough).
21 April: Easter is 16 April. We don't have a video selected yet but are looking for something related to the season's resurrection myths and fertility goddesses. We welcome suggestions for movies or documentaries.

Monday Happy Hour: 5:00 to 6:30 PM
Ol' Mexico Restaurant, on Lexington, two blocks north of Larpenteur, Roseville.
Call Paul Craven, 763-788-8918.


1st Tuesdays: 11:30 AM Lunch Social
Dragon House restaurant, 3970 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights. Private room.
Call Marilyn Nienkerk, 612-866-6200.


1st & 3rd Mondays 6:30 PM Toastmasters
Larpenteur Estates party room, 1276 Larpenteur Ave. W., St. Paul.
Call George Kane, 651-488-8225.


3rd Wednesdays 11:30 AM
Charley French Memorial Lunch Discussion Group
Dragon House restaurant, 3970 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights. Private room.
Call Bill Volna, Shop: 612-781-4273 or Cell: 612-819-2580.



Twin Cities Meetups
Email Scott Muir or visit Twin Cities Atheists

Southern Minnesota Meetups
Email Crystal Dervetski



Local: Ad hoc discussions at social events.
National: Announcements and discussions on AFHRbod Yahoo Groups, first 10 days of the month. To get on the list, give us your email address. Significant issues discussed are covered in The Moral Atheist for reader feedback. It's all open. Decisions, if needed, are formed by consensus if possible.



If you want to get The Moral Atheist in PDF format on your computer, please let us know. It will save printing and mailing costs, leaving more funds for public outreach.



Our videos are played in Minneapolis and St. Paul on public access stations.
In Minneapolis, they are on MTN Ch. 75 at 7:30 PM. Mondays and other "fill-in" times.
In St. Paul, they are on SPNN Ch 15 at 6 PM; Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1 AM and 11 AM.
Thanks to Paul Craven for handling this.

About Us
Our Philosophy
Atheism accepts the natural world as all there is. To live without god beliefs is intellectually stimulating. To find one's own purpose and be responsible for one's own life is exciting. To be free of the imagined surveillance of good and evil spirits is liberating. To seek a peaceful world through work and friendship and civic action is life-affirming.
-- MarieAlena Castle, March 1994
It is the role of unbelievers to force religions to be benign.
-- Martin Marty, Lutheran theologian, Minneapolis MN,
   28 April 1998
Let us become post-religious, post-national Universal Humans.
-- Lavanam, Atheist Centre, India

Atheists For Human Rights is a national, ethics-driven organization upholding an atheism that is confidently held, morally active, and vigorously opposes religions that are politically and socially predatory or harm innocent people.



As usual, we offer 3 free issues of The Moral Atheist full 24-page magazine, by postal or email, so you get a good idea of what we are all about. Just send your postal or email contact info to: communications@atheistsforhumanrights.org


Moral High Ground Project

The Moral High Ground project has chosen the following funds to provide support and protection for these groups and to counter the efforts of religious zealots to impose their religious doctrines through law (other funding mechanisms may be added as resources increase):

Philanthrofund scholarship

Like the other Moral High Ground funding projects, it is unique in the freethought community. Each year since 2002 AFHR has donated $500 to be awarded to a GLBT openly atheist student at Pfund's major awards ceremony. This has created visibility and respect for AFHR within the GLBT community.

Grants to poor women to help pay for abortions

At least $200 each is given annually to funds such as the Women's Medical Fund, administered by Anne Nicol Gaylor from Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin, and through the North Dakota WIN (Women In Need) Abortion Access Fund, administered by the Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo. These funds serve poor women in areas where religion-generated abortion laws are irrationally restrictive and punitive.

Support for physician aid in dying

As opportunities arise, we support efforts by physician-aid-in-dying organizations so the terminally ill who want to die with dignity on their own terms have the legal right to do so.

Protection for children harmed by faith healing

As opportunities arise, we support the efforts of CHILD (Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty) to protect children from harm where state laws define faith healing as healthcare and exempt parents from prosecution when they allow children to die by substituting prayer for medical care.


Outreach Activities

Atheists for Human Rights is focused primarily on reaching out to the public in morally active ways to advance the atheistic worldview.

Charitable Outreach

We donate to secular charities that help young people and the homeless.

Highway Cleanup

In 2005 we took on an Adopt-A-Highway cleanup project. The work is done three times a year in spring, summer and fall. Large highway signs identify AFHR as the cleanup crew for a 4-mile stretch of highway in Lakeville that passes many churches.

Minnesota Alliance Of Peacemakers

We joined MAP and have participated in several of their events urging peaceful solutions to world conflicts. MAP is a coalition of churches and secular organizations working together in the cause of peace.

Interfaith Dialogue

AFHR is represented by invitation at regular interfaith gatherings hosted by Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, to find common ground in our common humanity to address the causes of social conflict and stress.

Speakers Bureau

Since 2004, about three times a year, we have been invited to give presentations on atheism to educational and social service agencies for their diversity training programs. Videos of all speakers here.

Fireside Chats

These monthly discussions about atheist issues are occasions for socializing as well as developing ideas for further activism.

Public Forums

This major outreach project was begun in June 2006 and continues. The purpose is to show the public how atheists support our constitutional freedoms, seek rational solutions to issues of civic concern, and promote the common good. These events are heavily advertised in local newspapers and on Air America radio.

Hub of Atheism
The Hub of Atheism Hub meeting room, viewed from the top of the stairway Hub meeting room, viewed toward the front entrance

Welcome to the
Hub of Atheism!


Atheists For Human Rights has a geodesic dome as its headquarters. This unique architecture was developed by Buckminster ("Bucky") Fuller (1895-1983), an atheist, architect, environmentalist, and inventor. His ambition was to use science to help solve human problems and to find ways to do more with less.

The tragic death of his young daughter inspired him to find "what a single individual can contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity." The epitaph on Fuller's tombstone says, "Call me trimtab," referring to a small but critical aircraft part that holds a stabilizing component in position.

Much of Fuller's philosophy is expressed in the goals and strivings of Atheists For Human Rights.

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