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Yasmine Mohammed

posted Sep 27, 2017, 6:46 PM by Ray Valenti

From our Party in the Park
August 19, 2017

Yasmine Mohammed

Yasmine is an Arab-Canadian university educator, activist, and author. She has a website, Confessions of an Ex-Muslim, and she has recently written a memoir titled From Al Qaeda to Atheism. In her memoir, Yasmine describes how, even though she was born and raised in North America, she endured the same traumas that are familiar to Muslims across the planet. As a child, she was beaten for not memorizing the Quran. As a teenager, she was forced into a marriage to a member of Al Qaeda (after he was bailed out of prison by Osama bin Laden himself). And as an adult, she wore a niqab, and lived in a home/prison with paper covering all the windows. Today, Yasmine is an outspoken secular activist who, in addition to speaking out on her own, takes part in the Secular Jihadists podcast with fellow ex-Muslim freethinkers Armin Navabi, Faisal Al Mutar, and Ali A. Rizvi.


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FFRF annual Conference

posted Sep 17, 2017, 7:54 AM by Ray Valenti

Join us for an unbelievably good time

PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. ONSITE REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE STARTING FRIDAY, SEPT. 15 AT MONONA TERRACE CONVENTION CENTER. 

Please note that tickets for meal functions cannot be purchased onsite, but you may attend programs with onsite registration. See the Schedule for registration times. 

 

OVERVIEW

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to be hosting its 40th annual national convention in Madison, Wisconsin, this year! The event will include speeches and entertainment by illustrious personalities, a tour of FFRF's Freethought Hall headquarters, and a two-hour leisurely boat cruise around Lakes Monona or Mendota. 

The convention takes place the weekend of September 15-17, primarily at the lakeside Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wis. You can sign up now.

We'll be hosting a pre-convention open house tour of FFRF's stunning Freethought Hall, in downtown Madison just blocks from the convention site, from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 15. We welcome you to mingle with others, chat with our staff, and visit FFRF's monument to Atheists in Foxholes (military and veterans). You can also stop by the charming Freethought Library to snap a souvenir photo with our life-size mannequin of Charles Darwin. Enjoy complimentary locally-made pastries, coffee, tea, and Mimosas or Champagne in the sunny fourth-floor auditorium featuring an exquisite grand piano.

Relax and enjoy a breathtaking new view of Madison on an optional boat cruise on the city's Lake Monona or Lake Mendota starting at 10:45 a.m. on Friday. You'll be out on the water for two hours, returning to shore at 1 p.m. Passengers on the cruise will be served a buffet-style lunch. Although the boarding area for the cruise is within walking distance, a shuttle bus will be offered. Learn more.Sorry, sold out. 

Friday evening, between program sessions, join us at the first-ever, Wisconsin-style FFRF Tailgate Party, held on the Rooftop Garden at Monona Terrace. Music from Madison's own Forward! Marching Band will liven the atmosphere. Grab your tailgate dinner and, if the Wisconsin spirit moves you, a traditional brandy old-fashioned at the cash bar. Then join in a game of bean bags, and meet some new secular friends. 

We're thrilled to announce a distinguished list of speakers and entertainers! Engaging talks will be given by FFRF honorary president and Harvard cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, writer Katha Pollitt, author and columnist Michelle Goldberg, human rights activist Maryam Namazie, science educator Cara Santa Maria, social justice activist Kimberly Veal, composer Brent Michael Davids and renowned sculptor Zenos Frudakis. A roster of victorious state / church plaintiffs will be recognized, including 2017 Freethinker of the Year Marie Schaub. Additionally, 12-year-old Kelly Helton will give a short talk about her activism. FFRF's legal team will present its traditional legal accomplishments panel, reporting a behind-the-scenes take on FFRF's 2017 legal work. Read more about speakers and honorees here

Famed comedian Paula Poundstone will stage a stand up routine that you won't want to miss, and satirical singer-songwriter Roy Zimmerman will perform a repertoire irreverent songs as will FFRF Co-President Dan Barker at the piano with his own collection. Julia Sweeney, actress and comedian, will close out the night with her trademark humor.  

Other annual events will include the Saturday "Non-Prayer Breakfast," the yearly drawing for "clean," pre-"In God We Trust" currency, and the opportunity to browse FFRF book and sales tables.

 

GENERAL SCHEDULE

Following the 9:30-noon Open House at Freethought Hall, convention registration opens at 2 p.m. on Friday at Monona Terrace, with refreshments and opening talks you won't want to miss between 3-5 p.m. For Friday dinner, sign up for the optional FFRF Tailgate Party, serving up Wisconsin tailgate favorites from 5-6:45 p.m. on the Rooftop Garden. (If the weather is bad, meet us at the Grand Terrace instead). The evening program begins Friday at 7 p.m., ending with complimentary cupcakes and beverages in the Grand Terrace.

The convention resumes Saturday with the optional Non-Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. The morning program starts at 9:30 a.m. After a two-hour lunch on your own (with an optional grab-and-go-lunch), the program resumes at 2 p.m. The dinner banquet is followed by the "clean money" drawing, evening speaker, and entertainment.

Sunday morning features the annual meetings of members and state representatives, ending by noon.

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
One John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703
608-261-4000

Party in the Park

posted Sep 11, 2017, 6:37 AM by Ray Valenti   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 6:38 AM ]

AUGUST 19
Party in the Park!

Northern Ohio Freethought Society's "Party in the Park" is on Saturday, August 19! It will be held at the Lions Park Lodge in Cuyahoga Falls, 641 Silver Lake Avenue. the festivities begin at 1pm indoors and outdoors! 

The event will have picnic fare and be vegan-friendly, and will feature talks by two special guest speakers! The first presentation will begin at approximately 2:30pm, and the second one around 4:30pm. The special guests are:

Yasmine Mohammed

Yasmine is an Arab-Canadian university educator, activist, and author. She has a website, Confessions of an Ex-Muslim, and she has recently written a memoir titled From Al Qaeda to Atheism. In her memoir, Yasmine describes how, even though she was born and raised in North America, she endured the same traumas that are familiar to Muslims across the planet. As a child, she was beaten for not memorizing the Quran. As a teenager, she was forced into a marriage to a member of Al Qaeda (after he was bailed out of prison by Osama bin Laden himself). And as an adult, she wore a niqab, and lived in a home/prison with paper covering all the windows. Today, Yasmine is an outspoken secular activist who, in addition to speaking out on her own, takes part in the Secular Jihadists podcast with fellow ex-Muslim freethinkers Armin Navabi, Faisal Al Mutar, and Ali A. Rizvi.

Aron Ra

Aron Ra (formerly L. Aron Nelson) is a renowned video blogger and atheist activist. Many of his videos focus on biology (with an emphasis on countering creationist claims) and advocating for rationalism in science education. He also posts written material on his website, LocoLobo. Aron has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Aron currently serves as the Texas State Director of American Atheists. He was previously a co-host on the podcast Dogma Debate with David Smalley. He is also affiliated with the Fellowship of Freethought in Dallas, TX. In a most recent development, Aron is running for a spot in the Texas Senate!

In addition to great food and great guest speakers, the Party in the Park will feature some fun games (in which attendees can win prizes)

OUTDOOR GAMES

Bowling

Tick Tac Toe

Corn hole

Ring toss

Hula hoops

 and a raffle (featuring some very nice items). The event will be indoor/outdoor (weather permitting). The guest speakers' presentations will take place indoors. The cost of admission:

$15 for general admission in advance; $20 at the door

$10 for children 12 and under

$10 for members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society

$10 for students (with student ID)


https://www.meetup.com/NOhioFreethought/events/235625638/


Recent Announcements

  • Next meeting! August 26, 2017 at Maple Heights Library, Meeting Room 2. Also on Google Hangouts! https://hangouts.google.com/call/bsi2gjjaundrni4mkecz4qhhj4uWe'll be recapping our Party in the Park event ...
    Posted Aug 23, 2017, 2:49 PM by Marni Huebner-Tiborsky
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OddMall

posted May 20, 2017, 2:06 PM by Ray Valenti

Meet an FFRF member - we will be at the OddMall "Emporium of the Wierd" on May 6 and 7th.

Non-believers frequently feel a bit "odd" here in the U.S. since a majority of Americans still profess to adhere to some sort of religious creed.

We know we will fit right in at this event!

So if you would like to learn more about our organization, discuss religion, politics in the U.S. or just about anything else, stop by.  We love to meet the public.

The OddMall - where you will find the most interesting and unusual merchandise in the world to say nothing of the people!

Freethought Fiesta 2016

posted Apr 18, 2017, 10:42 AM by Marni Huebner-Tiborsky   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 10:45 AM ]

Annie Laurie Gaylor, Co-President of Freedom From Religion Foundation, was one of the speakers at our event lst year: 

YouTube Video


Dr. R Elliot Ingersoll is a professor of Psychology and a faculty member from Cleveland State University. Not only that, but he also is a mean bass player.

YouTube Video




See us at Oddmall May 6-7, 2017!

posted Apr 15, 2017, 6:23 AM by Marni Huebner-Tiborsky   [ updated Aug 23, 2017, 2:48 PM ]

May 6-7, 2017 BOOTH 225 (upstairs rotunda)

Reason Rally 2016!

posted Jan 28, 2017, 7:26 AM by Marni Huebner-Tiborsky   [ updated Jan 28, 2017, 3:20 PM by Ray Valenti ]




10am - 7pm FREE! 
Events happening June 2, 3, 4 and 5th! 


We Spoke Up for Reason!

If you know that you can be a good person without believing in a god …

If you think public policy should be based on scientific evidence, not religious beliefs …

If you support the separation of church and state …

… then join us on June 4, 2016, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, for the biggest gathering of nonreligious people in history! Fantastic speakers, comedians, musicians, and tens of thousands of supporters will rejoice together in the growing power of nonreligious voters.

Homeless Stand Down 2017

posted Jan 28, 2017, 6:51 AM by Marni Huebner-Tiborsky

NOFS participated in Cleveland's Homeless Stand Down event on Saturday, January 14, 2017. It was our largest volunteer group yet! We partnered with HandsOn NEO and QWG and everyone had a great time!  

Homeless Stand Down: Personal Shopper

Volunteers will be paired one-on-one with a guest or a guest with a child to help them shop for items in the distribution area for clothing and hygiene items. Volunteers should be able to stand for long periods of time and be comfortable interacting with a variety of individuals.

Inginuity Fest

posted Dec 27, 2016, 7:46 PM by Ray Valenti   [ updated Jan 28, 2017, 6:49 AM by Marni Huebner-Tiborsky ]

We  had an excellent tabling at Cleveland's Ingenuity fest in September 2016, tons of people stopped by to find out what we are doing to keep the State/Church wall of separation strong. We received very positive feedback and lots of interaction! 

Thanks to the visitors who stopped by to say "hello" at our table,  see you next year!


Akron's Oddmall Event

posted Jun 7, 2016, 1:09 PM by Ray Valenti

Meet us at Akron's Oddmall
Oddmall is the Emporium of the Wierd where you'll find exactly what you'd never expect to buy. Look for our table learn what's going new in Northeast Ohio Freethought!

Oddmall

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