When the Lion and the Lamb meet at Brandeis


It has been an interest week strange bedfellows coming together over the latest flap at Brandeis University in Boston.  As you might have heard, outspoken atheist Ayaan Hirsi Ali was invited to receive an honorary degree at this year’s commencement ceremony as, in the words of Brandeis

she is a compelling public figure and advocate for women’s rights, and we respect and appreciate her work to protect and defend the rights of women and girls throughout the world.

Not surprising she is also very outspoken about the dangers of religion.  The result of her invitation was backlash by various pro-Islamic groups, which resulted in Brandeis withdrawing the invitation.

But here is where the coverage gets interesting.  One camp that was upset consists of various atheist/humanist groups, as Hirsi Ali is an outspoken atheist and has left all faith behind, not just Islam.  Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote in support of her speaking, especially given that Hirsi Ali won FFRF’s Empereor Has No Clothes Award in 2010.  David Silverman of American Atheists admitted that he is ashamed to be a Brandeis Alum.  Many others atheists have spoken out as well.

On the the other side of the spiritual divide, Megan Kelly at Fox News was also appalled at the withdrawal and gave two days of coverage to the events.

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Somehow this statement must have gotten past the Fox News censors:

In 2007, Ali helped establish the AHA Foundation, which works to protect and defend the rights of women in the West from oppression justified by religion and culture, according to its website. The foundation also strives to protect basic rights and freedoms of women and girls. This includes control of their own bodies, access to an education and the ability to work outside the home and control their own income, the website says.

For one brief moment David Silverman, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Megan Kelly on the same side of an issue, which is rather remarkable.  Now, if only we can only get Megan Kelly to reconsider her views on the 9-11 cross issue.

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CFI and PSF Discussion Group: 7 TODAY at Tan Lac Vien


Where: Tan Lac Vien (2114 Murray Ave (Squirrel Hill), Pittsburgh, PA 15217)

When: 7 TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/175054632/

Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers (CFI)

Hi Everyone,

This is our monthly discussion group at Tan Lac Vien in Squirrel Hill.  We meet on the second floor, and they have delicious (optional) food and drinks for anyone who wants to eat.  They have a diverse menu with vegetarian options.

This month’s topic is supernatural and unscientific beliefs–let’s rank them by how plausible they are!  Sometimes we’re willing to take to something on faith–but why?  What makes one belief more viable than another?  Let’s find out… :)

See you there!

To join, donate, or learn more about the Center for Inquiry, visit CFI-Pittsburgh online. To learn about all the secular groups in Pittsburgh, visit the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason website…and you can follow Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers and CFI on Facebook!

*CFI-Pittsburgh strives to be an ADA compliant organization.  Please email pgh@centerforinquiry.net to request accommodations.

 

Pittsburgh, PA 15217 – USA

Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/175054632/

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2014 convention planning meetings: 4/12/2014 at K Leroy Irvin Science Building


Where: K Leroy Irvin Science Building (CCAC Allegheny Campus, Legacy Dr off Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA)

When: 4/12/2014

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/175889232/

Room 503, 5th floor.

Pittsburgh, PA – USA

Saturday, April 12 at 12:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/175889232/

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PSF Ladies Meetup: 4/13/2014 at Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room


Where: Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room (139 7th St, Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

When: 4/13/2014

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/175519172/

Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers (CFI)

Welcome to the PSF Ladies Meetup! :)

We had such a great time at our first ladies meetups, we’re meeting monthly.  Also, one of our members suggested we try a different restaurant each month–a great idea!  This month we’re going to try one of Pittsburgh’s hot new restaurants, Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room.  They just started having Sunday Brunch, served until 2 p.m.  I made a reservation for 6 ladies at 1 p.m., so we can try both menus…be sure to RSVP!

See you there!

For more fun, follow us on Facebook!  To learn about more secular groups in Pittsburgh, check out the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason website.

*PSF strives to be an ADA compliant organization.  Please email pittsburghsecularfreethinkers@gmail.com to request accomodations.

Pittsburgh – USA

Sunday, April 13 at 1:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/175519172/

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2014 convention planning meetings: 4/12/2014 at


Where:

When: 4/12/2014

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/dcpbdjysgbqb/

PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME OF 2 PM THIS WEEK ONLY.

Room 503, 5th floor.

Pittsburgh, PA 15203 – USA

Saturday, April 12 at 2:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/dcpbdjysgbqb/

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Brunching Skeptically: 12 TODAY at Smallman Street Deli


Where: Smallman Street Deli (1912 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA)

When: 12 TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/174524322/

Come meet some like-minded folks of all ages and have a great brunch at the same time. 

New Location: Small Street Deli, 1912 Murray Avenue (Squirrel Hill) 15217

This event is brought to you by the Steel City Skeptics, which is part of the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason. For more information on these groups or our other events, go to: http://unitedcor.org/…

Pittsburgh, PA – USA

Sunday, April 6 at 12:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/174524322/

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2014 convention planning meetings: 11 TODAY at K Leroy Irvin Science Building


Where: K Leroy Irvin Science Building (CCAC Allegheny Campus, Legacy Dr off Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA)

When: 11 TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/174971632/

PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME OF 11 AM THIS WEEK ONLY.

Room 503, 5th floor.

Pittsburgh, PA – USA

Saturday, April 5 at 11:00 AM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/174971632/

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CFI and PSF Discussion Group: 4/10/2014 at Tan Lac Vien


Where: Tan Lac Vien (2114 Murray Ave (Squirrel Hill), Pittsburgh, PA 15217)

When: 4/10/2014

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/175054632/

Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers (CFI)

Hi Everyone,

This is our monthly discussion group at Tan Lac Vien in Squirrel Hill.  We meet on the second floor, and they have delicious (optional) food and drinks for anyone who wants to eat.  They have a diverse menu with vegetarian options.

This month’s topic is supernatural and unscientific beliefs–let’s rank them by how plausible they are!  Sometimes we’re willing to take to something on faith–but why?  What makes one belief more viable than another?  Let’s find out… :)

See you there!

To join, donate, or learn more about the Center for Inquiry, visit CFI-Pittsburgh online. To learn about all the secular groups in Pittsburgh, visit the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason website…and you can follow Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers and CFI on Facebook!

*CFI-Pittsburgh strives to be an ADA compliant organization.  Please email pgh@centerforinquiry.net to request accommodations.

 

Pittsburgh, PA 15217 – USA

Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/175054632/

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2014 convention planning meetings: 4/5/2014 at K Leroy Irvin Science Building


Where: K Leroy Irvin Science Building (CCAC Allegheny Campus, Legacy Dr off Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA)

When: 4/5/2014

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/174971632/

PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME OF 11 AM THIS WEEK ONLY.

Room 503, 5th floor.

Pittsburgh, PA – USA

Saturday, April 5 at 11:00 AM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/174971632/

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Author Jeff Sharlet speaking at Pitt Contemporary Writers Series: 8:30 TODAY at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium


Where: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium (University of Pittsburgh, Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

When: 8:30 TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/167121072/

This event is free and open to the public.

Jeff Sharlet is a nontheist and the author of several books about religion. He spoke at a recent FFRF national convention, and he was very good. His awards include a National Journalism Award, Thomas Jefferson Award, and an OUTSPOKEN Award.

Pittsburgh, PA 15213 – USA

Thursday, April 3 at 8:30 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/167121072/

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