Sioux Falls Atheists is a group made up of open-minded non-believers such as Atheists, Agnostics, and Humanists, and as well as other open-minded persons of non-traditional beliefs such as Buddhism and Wicca. This website provides news articles, statistics, movies, courses and books that relate to Atheism, Agnosticism, and Humanism. Located in Sioux Falls, SD, the Sioux Falls Atheists have meetings and social gatherings where individuals meet, share ideas, and support each other.
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Our meetings and social gatherings are posted at Sioux Falls Free Thinkers on Meetup.com. Sioux Falls Free Thinkers Upcoming Events can be seen on the Meetup.com Calendar.
Next Meetup: Let's Celebrate the start of the Global Warming Billboard and TV Ad campaign on July 17th.
When and Where: Spezia Italian Restaurant, 4801 S Louise Ave, Saturday, July 15th, 6:30 PM.
Let's try do something a little bit more upscale. Spezia has the best Italian food in Sioux Falls.
Dale Hemming, founder Sioux Falls Scientists, Atheists, and Free Thinkers
The Sioux Falls Atheists group will never have any dues. Membership is not required to attend our meetings. This group will probably never have any formal rules except treating other members and their opinions with respect and giving everyone equal time to speak. This group will never purge members for expressing their opinions or for forming their own group of people interested in atheism in general or in agnosticism or humanism. The only loose requirement is that members, and those attending our meetings, have an interest in one of the subjects of the Sioux Falls Free Thinkers websites.
Our "slogan" above comes from the following quote:
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!
We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our events and meetings!
4-11-17 Faith of the faithless: Is atheism just another religion?
Faith of the faithless: Is atheism just another religion?
The taunt that atheism is religious thinking in disguise undermines its claim to be a better way to run the world. The truth is more complex than you might imagine. I RECENTLY discovered that I am a member of a downtrodden minority, one of the most mistrusted and discriminated-against in the world. As a white, heterosexual, able-bodied, cis-gender male, this is not something I’m used to. But my minority status is undeniable. I am an atheist. I’m not complaining. I live in one of the world’s most secular countries and work for a science magazine, so it hasn’t got in the way. But for atheists living in societies with a strong religious tradition, discrimination is a real problem. In the US, atheists have one of the lowest approval ratings of any social group. Non-believers are the only significant minority considered unelectable as president – and “unelectable” turns out to be a pretty low bar. Even when atheists don’t face open hostility or discrimination, we often have to endure put-downs about the sincerity of our (lack of) beliefs. One of the most common is that “atheism is just another religion anyway”. There is no way to prove or disprove the existence of god, the argument goes, so to deny it is a leap of faith. Ergo, atheism is just like a religion. If atheism really is just another religion, its claim to be a superior way to run the world is fatally weakened. All the criticisms it flings at religion – of being irrational, dogmatic and intolerant – come flying back with interest, and progress towards a more rational and secular society is undermined. So is it true? Is atheism just another religion? (Webmaster's comment: For what it's worth I have found that the Atheist community has at least as many intense haters as the Christian community does.)
The New Hate Crime: The Muslim Ban!
3-10-17 Trump travel ban: US states launch legal challenges
Trump travel ban: US states launch legal challenges
Several US states have launched legal challenges against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. Mr Trump signed an executive order placing a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim countries on Monday. New York maintains the new directive is a ban on Muslims while Washington says it is harmful to the state. Oregon and Massachusetts later also joined. The ban begins on 16 March, with the White House saying it is "very confident" of winning in court. Mr Trump's original order was more expansive but it was defeated after a legal challenge initially mounted by Washington and Minnesota. Lawyers for those states say their original complaint applies to the revised order and are pursuing their cases. Other states have joined the bid too, while Hawaii has launched a separate action.
- Oregon - said the order hurts residents, employers, universities health care system and economy
- Washington - it has "same illegal motivations as the original" and harms residents, although fewer than the first ban
- Minnesota - questioned the legality of the move, suggesting the Trump administration can't override the initial ban with a fresh executive order
- New York - "a Muslim ban by another name", said the attorney general
- Massachusetts - new ban "remains a discriminatory and unconstitutional attempt to make good on his campaign promise to implement a Muslim ban"
- Hawaii - argued it would harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students
Some Very Bad News Right Out of Hitler's Playbook!
2-18-17 'Enemies of the people': Trump remark echoes history's worst tyrants
'Enemies of the people': Trump remark echoes history's worst tyrants
At a different time, in another country, it was effectively a death sentence. Being branded an "enemy of the people" by the likes of Stalin or Mao brought at best suspicion and stigma, at worst hard labour or death. Now the chilling phrase - which is at least as old as Emperor Nero, who was called "hostis publicus", enemy of the public, by the Senate in AD 68 - is making something of a comeback. In November, the UK Daily Mail used its entire front page to brand three judges "enemies of the people" following a legal ruling on the Brexit process. Then on Friday, President Donald Trump deployed the epithet against mainstream US media outlets that he sees as hostile. "The FAKE NEWS media (failing New York Times, NBC News, ABC, CBS, CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!" he wrote on Twitter. The reaction was swift. "Every president is irritated by the news media. No other president would have described the media as 'the enemy of the people'", tweeted David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Barack Obama. Gabriel Sherman, national affairs editor at New York magazine, called the phrase a "chilling" example of "full-on dictator speak". Steve Silberman, an award-winning writer and journalist, wondered whether the remark would prompt Trump supporters to shoot at journalists. The US president's use of "enemies of the people" raises unavoidable echoes of some of history's most murderous dictators. (Webmaster's comment: The real enemy of the people is sitting in the Oval Office!)
Bring out the protest songs!
We're going to need them again!
We are going to need to take to the streets again and voice our resistance to oppression. Trump will:
- Revoke executive orders to protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination
- Order the Justice Department to work against legal abortion
- Order the Justice Department to work against reproductive healthcare
- Sign an executive order that gives people the right to discriminate against others while masking it as "religious freedom"
- Push for a repeal of the federal law that bans partisan politicking by nonprofit organizations (i.e. churches will be able endorse and give money to political candidates)
- Put extremists like Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court and on lower federal courts
- Eviscerate (gut) reproductive rights
- Roll back LGBTQ rights
- Embrace crude forms of xenophobia
- Appoint advisors who've make a career out of peddling hate
- Call for a registry of Muslims (same as Nazi Germany did to Jews)
- Trade in ugly forms of Islamophobia
- Not demand gender equality
- Not reject sexism and misogyny (brags about sexually assaulting women)
- Work to have gay people cured through therapy
- Work to have church-state separation removed because it is an "extra-constitutional doctrine" and is a recent thing that is "unhistorical and is unconstitutional"
This is all detailed in the latest issue of The Humanist. I strongly suggest reading it.
Some Very Bad News
2-15-17 Hate groups increase for second consecutive year as Trump electrifies radical right
Hate groups increase for second consecutive year as Trump electrifies radical right
The number of hate groups in the United States rose for a second year in a row in 2016 as the radical right was energized by the candidacy of Donald Trump, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) annual census of hate groups and other extremist organizations, released today. The most dramatic growth was the near-tripling of anti-Muslim hate groups – from 34 in 2015 to 101 last year. The growth has been accompanied by a rash of crimes targeting Muslims, including an arson that destroyed a mosque in Victoria, Texas, just hours after the Trump administration announced an executive order suspending travel from some predominantly Muslim countries. The latest FBI statistics show that hate crimes against Muslims grew by 67 percent in 2015, the year in which Trump launched his campaign. The report, contained in the Spring 2017 issue of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report, includes the Hate Map showing the names, types and locations of hate groups across the country. The SPLC found that the number of hate groups operating in 2016 rose to 917 – up from 892 in 2015. The number is 101 shy of the all-time record set in 2011, but high by historic standards. “2016 was an unprecedented year for hate,” said Mark Potok, senior fellow and editor of the Intelligence Report. “The country saw a resurgence of white nationalism that imperils the racial progress we’ve made, along with the rise of a president whose policies reflect the values of white nationalists. In Steve Bannon, these extremists think they finally have an ally who has the president's ear.”
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