What It Means to be a Chapter of AHA

Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear is a chapter of the American Humanist Association (AHA), which is a nonprofit organization that “advocates progressive values and equality for humanists, atheists and freethinkers.” There are chapters and affiliate groups of the AHA around the country, and ten of these are in North Carolina. As a chapter of AHA, HFCF maintains a close level of relationship of AHA and is in substantial agreement with the AHA’s policies, goals and mission.

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Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear (HFCF) encourages members to become effective community-centered humanist activists. Our goal is to be “a grassroots community that can work as activists, think as intellectuals and live as friends [with] real potential to move us toward a humanistic future.” We applaud members who let elected officials know their views, especially in support of secular government, and speak up in support of humanist values through advocacy, involvement, making our voices heard – write a letter to a politician, contribute to editorial columns, attend political events and become a participant in local action groups.

The AHA has great tips on leveraging your power as a community activist.

HFCF spearheads local social action with a Humanist perspective, champions thoughtful intellectual discourse through meetings and discussion groups, and organizes community-building social events.

We encourage our members to also become annual members of the AHA. Your $45 annual AHA dues gets you access to great information about Humanism, supports grassroots humanist advocacy in Washington and around the nation, upholds legal advocacy in defense of the First Amendment and humanists’ rights, advances humanist education and scholarship and increases humanist visibility through national advertising and online communications. You will also receive the AHA newsletter, and American Humanist magazine.

Get Involved: HFCF Board Adopts Committee Structure

The HFCF has adopted a formal committee structure to facilitate involvement from its many members. Committees will initially be headed by board and staffed with volunteers from the among the almost 100 dues-paying HFCF members.

The committees include: Social Action/Community Involvement, Social Activities, Programs, Publicity and Bylaws. See the list of committees and committee responsibilities here.

If you would like to participate in a committee, or have a great idea for HFCF programs, activities or anything else, watch for the committee sign-up sheet at the next monthly meeting.

HFCF Supports National Day of Reason

Listen to WHQR 91.3 in Wilmington NC for the Humanists & Freethinkers of Cape Fear’s Day Sponsorship May 7 in honor of the National Day of Reason.

This will be the first time that a National Day of Reason resolution will be introduced in Congress. The National Day of Reason was first observed in 1952, in response to the US Congress instituting a National Day of Prayer.

Read more about marking this important day for non-theists and secular Humanists here.

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United Nations “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights”

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a powerful document for freedom of religion, free thought and freedom from religion, including religious oppression of the non-religious.

To whit:

Article 18.

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

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Fred Edwords: “Beyond the Bare Bones: What Human Evolution Means to You”

Fred Edwords will speak in honor of Earth Day at the monthly meeting of the Cape Fear Humanists and Freethinkers, Monday, April 20, 2015, 6:00pm. The talk will take place at the New Hanover County Library NE, 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC.

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The study of human evolution isn’t merely an academic exercise in looking backward, Edwords believes. It tells us who we are and the sorts of things we do. Hence it can inform us about our impact on the environment and our future as a species. Edwords -one of the most eloquent speakers on Humanism – presents an illuminating and powerful presentation illustrated with revealing images from the Smithsonian.

Fred Edwords is a member of the Broader Social Impacts Committee of the Hall of Human Origins at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum–an exhibit that goes beyond the fossils to show what human evolution means. He is also director of planned giving for the American Humanist Association, an organization he served for fifteen years as executive director and the past Director of the Coalition of Reason. He also was the primary author of the Humanist Manifesto III.

You can RSVP to the program on Meetup.com at the Cape Fear Humanists & Freethinkers event page.

Award Winning Journalist Janet Heimlich to Speak on Religious Child Abuse

The Humanists & Freethinkers of Cape Fear will present an important program on religious child abuse, presented by Award Winning journalist Janet Heimlich:

Sunday, March 15, 2015
6:00 PM
Bridge Center
127-40 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC

Janet Heimlich’s book “Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment” explores how religious individuals and organizations are joining secularists in confronting religious child maltreatment, and how we as secularists/humanists we might work together.

RSVP on Meetup.com

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North Carolina Voucher System Allows School Discrimination

The Secular Coalition of North Carolina has succeeded in getting its opinion piece on the Opportunity Scholarship Program (school vouchers) printed in the Raleigh News and Observer, just prior to a Feb. 17 hearing by the NC Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court will be hearing appeals to Superior Court Judge Hobgood’s August 2014 decision to overturn the newly passed law on grounds that it is an unconstitutional shift of state money away from public schools.

Read Matthew Lindauer’s opinion piece from the Raleigh News & Observer HERE.

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“Unintelligent Design,” Evolution and Science Denial with Dr. Abby Hafer

hafer_abbyDr. Abby Hafer will present her talk “Unintelligent Design” at the monthly meeting of the Humanist & Freethinkers of Cape Fear, Sunday, February 8, 2015, 6:00 pm at the Bridge Center, 127-40 S. College Road, Wilmington, North Carolina. Admission is free.

“Who does God like better, us – or squid?” and “Why do men’s testicles have such a bad location?” are among the attention-getting and thought-provoking questions on evolution that Dr. Hafer proposes to her audiences.

Read the press release here.

State Ban on Atheists Under Fire

With a NY Times article published three days ago covering the 7 state effort to remove state constitution bans on atheists holding office – even being notary publics – this is the time to take action.

secular coalition logoWhat can you do? Write or call your NC representatives asking them to work with us in an effort to repeal the state constitution provision prohibiting anyone who does not profess a belief in God from running for public office. You can go to Secular Coalition for North Carolina and get the contact info for your representatives or sign on to a prewritten letter and request that it be sent on your behalf. It couldn’t be easier.

Secular Coalition for North Carolina (us) is shown as the most active state chapter of the ACA right now. Let’s raise our profile even more with a huge Cape Fear response to this important Action Alert!

MONTHLY MEETING – What are the Ways Nontheists Can Deal with Differing People

Our speaker this month Candace Gorham had to cancel unexpectedly and so this month we will talk amongst ourselves about how we non-theists can deal with people who differ from us. Some of you have some really interesting ways to deal with the prejudice and uncomfortable conversations. How can we empower ourselves and Humanism? Bring your own stories and ideas. We all can learn from each other and also learn how to come out effectively.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

6:00 PM
Bridge Center

127-40 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC
 

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