Calendar Archive - Recent Events

NJHN MONTHLY MEETINGS are normally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month
at 7:30 PM, and are free and open to the public. Please note the new time!

Meetings are held either at:

Bridgewater Library (map) (directions)
Somerset County Library Headquarters
1 Vogt Drive
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

or

Friends Conference Center at Arbor Glen (map) (directions)
100 Monroe Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

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December 23, 2006
: HumanLight Celebration 5:00 -10:00 PM:

Morris County Cultural Center
300 Mendham Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
(map and directions)

Master of Ceremonies : Patrick Colucci - Pat is an independent writer and long-time activist in the movements for humanism, and for peace and social justice.

Entertainment: Piccirillo Sciencetelling

Keynote Speaker: Dally Messenger III.  Dally is the founder and former president of the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants, former president of the International Federation of Civil Celebrants, and author of Ceremonies and Celebrations, the accepted handbook on secular rites.

Musical Guests: String Theory, a Franklin High School String Band.

Buffet Dinner Menu


December 19, 2006: 7:00 PM - Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area.

Chili's Grill & Bar (map & directions)
911 US Hwy 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902


December 16, 2006: Movie/Exchange of Ideas Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ
(map & directions)

 


Priest

Fiction: Father Greg Pilkington (Linus Roache) is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover, frowned upon by the Church. Upon hearing the confession of a young girl of her incestuous father, Greg enters an intensely emotional spiritual struggle deciding between choosing morals over religion and one life over another.

 

As always, our showings are free of charge. We will have refreshments and lots of discussion. Please, it is not necessary to bring any food or house gifts. We plan to start the movies at around 8:00pm, but feel free to arrive any time after 7:00pm.  Call or e-mail us if you need directions, or use the Google Maps link above.

RSVP Katy and Russ Fischer or call 973-663-4646.


December 1 , 2006: Freethought Book Club!  7:30 PM

 

 

 

We will discuss The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris.

From Natalie Angier's NY Times review:

Sam Harris presents major religious systems like Judaism, Christianity and Islam as forms of socially sanctioned lunacy, their fundamental tenets and rituals irrational, archaic and, important when it comes to matters of humanity's long-term survival, mutually incompatible.

Harris writes what a sizable number of us think, but few are willing to say in contemporary America: "We have names for people who have many beliefs for which there is no rational justification. When their beliefs are extremely common, we call them 'religious'; otherwise, they are likely to be called 'mad,' 'psychotic' or 'delusional.'"

Meet in the cafe.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers (map & directions)
319 Route 202/206
Bridgewater, NJ   08807


 

Transhumanism New Jersey Humanist Network

November 29, 2006: Bridgewater Library, 7:30 PM

Program Meeting:  Transhumanism through the Lens of Star Trek. 

Transhumanist activist, author, and lecturer Joseph Bloch, a Director of the World Transhumanist Association, provides an introduction to the multi-faceted philosophy of Transhumanism, using the familiar concepts, characters, and motifs of the most popular science fiction television series ever as a guide.

Learn about the movement which Francis Fukuyama (a member of President Bush's Council on Bioethics) called "the most dangerous idea in the world", in a fun, informal, and entertaining discussion.  You don't need to be a Star Trek fan to enjoy and benefit from this introduction to Transhumanist ideas.


 

November 21, 2006: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area.

Chili's Grill & Bar (map & directions)
911 US Hwy 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902


November 4 , 2006: Movie Night! 7:30 PM

Hosted by Lisa and Tim Ridge
999 Hidden Lake Drive
Apt 18-E
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
(map & directions)

V for Vendetta

The movie is set in near-future Britain after a limited nuclear war, which has left much of the world destroyed. In this future, an extreme Christo-fascist party called Norsefire, has arisen, and a mysterious anarchist named "V" works to destroy the authoritarian government, profoundly affecting the people whom he encounters.

From the Amazon.com review:

"Remember, remember the fifth of November," for on this day, in 2020, the minds of the masses shall be set free.  So says code-name V (Hugo Weaving), a man on a mission to shake society out of its blank complacent stares in the film.  His tactics, however, are a bit revolutionary, to say the least.  The world in which V lives is very similar to Orwell's totalitarian dystopia in 1984:  after years of various wars, England is now under "big brother" Chancellor Adam Sutler (played by John Hurt, who played Winston Smith in the movie 1984), whose party uses force and fear to run the nation.  After they gained power, minorities and political dissenters were rounded up and removed; artistic and unacceptable religious works were confiscated.  Cameras and microphones are littered throughout the land, and the people are perpetually sedated through the governmentally controlled media.

There is no charge for attending; open to all NJHN members and friends.  Please bring a snack or beverage to share. We'll start the movie at 7:30 PM, but feel free to arrive around 7:00 PM.  RSVP to Tim and Lisa Ridge or call 732-658-6440.


November 3 , 2006: Freethought Book Club!  7:30 PM

 

We will continue to discuss Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism by Michelle Goldberg.

 

This book traces the deep financial and ideological ties between fundamentalist Christians and the Republican Party, and discloses the dangers inherent to inflammatory political tactics on wedge issues like gay rights, evolution and sex education.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers (map & directions)
319 Route 202/206
Bridgewater, NJ   08807

 

 

 

 

 


 

Unsustainable New Jersey Humanist Network

 

October 25, 2006: Bridgewater Library, 7:30 PM

Climate Change and Global Warming

Guest Speaker Patrick Hossay will discuss his book Unsustainable: A Primer for Global Environmental and Social Justice.

Patrick Hossay is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.  Dr. Hossay teaches courses in environmental policy, international relations, and development.  He also directs and advises sustainable development projects in various communities in the Caribbean Basin, develops environmental projects for the international volunteer group Peacework, and is active in social and environmental justice struggles in New Jersey and the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

October 17, 2006: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area.

Bennigan's (map & directions)
2241 Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902


October 6 , 2006: Freethought Book Club!  7:30 PM

 

In our inaugural meeting, we will discuss Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism by Michelle Goldberg. 224 pages.

 

This book traces the deep financial and ideological ties between fundamentalist Christians and the Republican Party, and discloses the dangers inherent to inflammatory political tactics on wedge issues like gay rights, evolution and sex education.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers (map & directions)
319 Route 202/206
Bridgewater, NJ   08807

 

 

 

 

 


 

October 4, 2006:  Brecht Forum, 7:00 PM:  Right and Wrong: The Ethics of Terrorism - A Conversation with Ted Honderich and Stephen Bronner

WBAI's Equal Time for Freethought and Seven Stories Press present a fundraising event for WBAI-NY and the Brecht Forum, with Britain's foremost radical philosopher Ted Honderich, and Rutgers University Professor and American political activist, Stephen Bronner.

"Ted Honderich makes a powerful case that 'an easy answer is wrong,' so that to find the right answer . . . will be anything but easy. His inquiry explores some of the most painful and controversial issues of the day. It merits, and will reward, careful reflection." -- Noam Chomsky

In his forthcoming book, Right and Wrong, and Palestine, 9-11, Iraq, 7-7, philosopher Ted Honderich insightfully relates four shattering current events in this articulate, well-reasoned moral and political analysis.  Exploring the war in Iraq, the controversy in Palestine, and the tragic events of 9-11 and London's 7-7, Honderich elucidates the great questions of right and wrong in a conflict-ridden era.  Come hear Honderich, Britain's foremost radical philosopher in conversation with political philosopher Stephen Bronner about the ethics of terrorism.

Ted Honderich, Britain's foremost radical philosopher, is Grote Professor Emeritus at University College London and a visiting professor at the University of Bath. He is internationally recognized for his numerous books on philosophy, including Punishment: The Supposed Justifications Revisited, Conservatism, Terrorism for Humanity, After the Terror, and How Free Are You?: The Determinism Problem.  He is also the editor of The Oxford Companion to Philosophy.

Stephen Bronner is a political scientist based at Rutgers University.  A contributor to many scholarly journals, including New Politics, Political Theory, Social Research and Telos, Bronner has edited and written several books in the fields of contemporary political theory, biography, history, and culture and is the winner of the Michael A. Harrington Prize for his 1991 book, Moments of Decision: Political History and the Crises of Radicalism. He currently is the Senior Editor of Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture, and on the editorial boards of the journals New Political Science, X-Alta (France) and Eszmelet (Hungary).

Sliding Scale Donation $8, $10, $15

Brecht Forum
451 West Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-4201
Email


 

September 30, 2006: Movie/Exchange of Ideas Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ
(map & directions)

 


War, Peace and Propaganda Series

What are the real reasons the United States has gone to war over the last fifty years?

How do nations manage to whip up enthusiasm for war in their populace to the point that so many citizens rally behind what will surely be the murders of thousands of their own children,
as well as and millions of men, women and children in other lands?

And, should the Media be used as the key tool of such propaganda, or should journalists be watchdogs for the people, whom in a democracy, need to know the truth about how their elected representatives act in their name?

These questions and more will be addressed in two very important films; one focusing directly on the media and U.S. government from the 1950s till today, and the other on the US Media's role in framing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Why We Fight is a documentary directed by Eugene Jarecki (Trials of Henry Kissinger), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.  The documentary was first released on January 17th, 2006, exactly 45 years after President Dwight D. Eisenhower's farewell address.  It is named after the World War II-era propaganda newsreels titled "Why We Fight," commissioned by the United States government.

This new film describes the rise and maintenance of the United States military-industrial complex while concentrating on wars led by the United States of the last fifty years.  In particular, the 2003 invasion of Iraq.  It explains that in every decade since World War II, the American public has been told a lie to bring it into war to fuel the military-economic machine, which in turn maintains American dominance in the world.

Why We Fight includes interviews with John McCain, Chalmers Johnson, Richard Perle, William Kristol, Gore Vidal, and Joe Cirincione. The film incorporates the stories of a Vietnam War veteran whose son died in the 9/11 attacks, and then had his son's name written on a bomb dropped on Iraq, a 23-year old NYC man who enlisted in the US Army citing his financial troubles after his only family member died, and a former Vietnamese refugee who now develops explosives for the American military.

As always, our showings are free of charge. We will have refreshments and lots of discussion. Please, it is not necessary to bring any food or house gifts. We plan to start the movies at around 8:00pm, but feel free to arrive any time after 7:00pm.  Call or e-mail us if you need directions, or use the Google Maps link above.

RSVP Katy and Russ Fischer or call 973-663-4646.



New Jersey Humanist Network
Ted Schick on The Secular Web
Amazon Book Link

September 27, 2006: Bridgewater Library, 7:30 PM

How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age, with guest speaker Ted Schick.

Dr. Schick is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Muhlenberg Scholars Program at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.  He is the author of several books, including How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age.

G. W. Leibniz (1646-1716) wrote in his Discourse on Metaphysics (1686):

In saying, therefore, that things are not good according to any standard of goodness, but simply by the will of God, it seems to me that one destroys, without realizing it, all the love of God and all his glory; for why praise him for what he has done, if he would be equally praiseworthy in doing the contrary? Where will be his justice and his wisdom if he has only a certain despotic power, if arbitrary will takes the place of reasonableness, and if in accord with the definition of tyrants, justice consists in that which is pleasing to the most powerful? Besides it seems that every act of willing supposes some reason for the willing and this reason, of course, must precede the act.

In the book Toward a New Political Humanism, Theodore Schick comments on this:

If no moral principles exist apart from God's will, God's moral choices cannot be principled, and a being that makes unprincipled choices... is not a being worthy of worship. ... [I]f actions are neither right nor wrong independent of God's will, then God cannot choose one over another because it is morally better. Thus, any moral choices God makes must be arbitrary. But a being who acts arbitrarily does not deserve our praise. So not only is the divine command theory implausible, it is impious as well.


September 19, 2006: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area.

Bennigan's (map & directions)
2241 Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902


 

September 9, 2006: Movie/Exchange of Ideas Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ
(map & directions)

 


War, Peace and Propaganda Series

What are the real reasons the United States has gone to war over the last fifty years?

How do nations manage to whip up enthusiasm for war in their populace to the point that so many citizens rally behind what will surely be the murders of thousands of their own children,
as well as and millions of men, women and children in other lands?

And, should the Media be used as the key tool of such propaganda, or should journalists be watchdogs for the people, whom in a democracy, need to know the truth about how their elected representatives act in their name?

These questions and more will be addressed in two very important films; one focusing directly on the media and U.S. government from the 1950s till today, and the other on the US Media's role in framing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites - oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others - work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported.

Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, Peace, Propaganda &the Promised Land carefully analyzes and explains how - through the use of language, framing and context - the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied terrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one.

The documentary also explores the ways that U.S. journalists, for reasons ranging from intimidation to a lack of thorough investigation, have become complicit in carrying out Israel's PR campaign.

At its core, the documentary raises questions about the ethics and role of journalism, and the relationship between media and politics. Interviewees include Seth Ackerman, Mjr. Stav Adivi, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Hanan Ashrawi, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Neve Gordon, Toufic Haddad, Sam Husseini, Hussein Ibish, Robert Jensen, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Karen Pfeifer, Alisa Solomon, and Gila Svirsky.

As always, our showings are free of charge. We will have refreshments and lots of discussion. Please, it is not necessary to bring any food or house gifts. We plan to start the movies at around 8:00pm, but feel free to arrive any time after 7:00pm.  Call or e-mail us if you need directions, or use the Google Maps link above.

RSVP Katy and Russ Fischer or call 973-663-4646.


Sunday, August 20, 2006: Noon to 6:00 PM

NJHN Annual Picnic!

Lewis Morris County Park in Morris County.  12:00 Noon - 6:00 PM.  Rain or shine.  Adults $10.00, children under 12 half price, and children under 5 are free.

The picnic is at the Sunrise Lake Area C shelter. (map & directions)

Participants are encouraged to bring a favorite side dish or dessert to share...
E.g. potato salad, pasta salad, veggie salad or pies, cakes, cookies, fruit...

Picnic Menu:

hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and buns
garnishes and condiments
baked beans and assorted hot dishes
fruit juice, iced tea, a variety of soda and diet soda
coffee and tea with milk, sugar, & sweetener

All utensils will be provided.
We do have an alcohol permit, so feel free to bring your own.

Please RSVP to president at njhn.org or call 732-658-6440 by Wednesday, August 16, so that we know how much food to prepare.  Please indicate whether you will bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Bring your favorite picnic party games and get to know your fellow Humanists.  Wear your favorite freethought apparel and win a prize!  Games for the kids would be appreciated, especially in case of rain.  The park offers many activities, including swimming, biking and hiking trails, athletic fields and a playground.  Details about those activities can be found at the park's website.  Pets must be restrained by a leash.  The shelter is handicap accessible via a side access road.

Horseshoe pits are available in our reserved area.  If anyone can bring horseshoes, please let us know when you RSVP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


August 19, 2006: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Special Reception for the Secular Coalition for America

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ
(map & directions)

You are cordially invited to attend a Wine and Hors D’oeuvres Reception for the Secular Coalition for America (SCA).

Special guest: Lori Lipman Brown, Director and Lobbyist, SCA


$25.00 per person suggested minimum donation* to support the work of the SCA

RSVP by August 17, 2006 Lisa Ridge or call (732) 658-6440.

If you are unable to attend but wish to donate to SCA, please make your donation online here .

*Secular Coalition for America is a 501(c)4 lobbying organization and therefore donations are not tax-deductible.

Your financial support of the following sponsoring member organizations of SCA is also appreciated:

• American Humanist Association • Atheist Alliance International • Freedom From Religion Foundation • Institute for Humanist Studies • Secular Student Alliance • Secular Web / Internet Infidels • Society for Humanistic Judaism


August 19, 2006: Movie/Exchange of Ideas Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ
(map & directions)

 


Good Night, and Good Luck

In A Nation Terrorized By Its Own Government, One Man Dared to Tell The Truth

Without force-feeding its timely message, Good Night, and Good Luck illuminates history to enlighten our present, when the need for a free and independent press is more important than ever. In 90 breathtaking minutes of efficient and intricate storytelling, writer-director George Clooney and cowriter Grant Heslov pay honorable tribute to the journalistic integrity of legendary CBS newscaster Edward R. Murrow, who confronted the virulent and overzealous anti-Communist witch-hunting of Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy in 1953-54, and emerged as a triumphant truth-seeker against the abuses of corporate and governmental power.

As played by David Strathairn, Murrow is a dogged realist, keenly aware of the smear tactics that will be employed against him. Clooney provides crucial backup as Murrow's "See It Now" producer and closest confidante Fred Friendly, forming a fierce but not entirely fearless triumvirate of broadcasting bravery with CBS chief William Paley (Frank Langella), who anxiously champions Murrow's cause under constant threat of reprisals. While using crisp black-and-white cinematography (by Robert Elswit) to vividly recreate the electrifying atmosphere of the CBS newsroom and the early years of television, Clooney (son of long-time Cincinnati newsman Nick Clooney) proves his directorial skill by juggling big themes and an esteemed ensemble cast, never stooping to simplification of ethically complex material.

Good Night, and Good Luck is an instant classic, destined for all the accolades it so richly deserves. --Jeff Shannon

As always, our showings are free of charge. We will have refreshments and lots of discussion. Please, it is not necessary to bring any food or house gifts. We plan to start the movies at around 8:00pm, but feel free to arrive any time after 7:00pm.  Call or e-mail us if you need directions, or use the Google Maps link above.

RSVP Katy and Russ Fischer or call 973-663-4646.


 

August 15, 2006: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area.

Bennigan's (map & directions)
2241 Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902


 

July 22, 2006: Movie/Exchange of Ideas Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ
(map & directions)

 

Syriana

Syriana, written and directed in a fever of risk-taking provocation by Stephen Gaghan, takes off with the lightning speed of a thriller, the gonzo force of frontline journalism and the emotional wallop of a drama that puts a human face on shocking statistics. Global oil corruption has seeped into every facet of our lives, from the collusion of White House and business interests in the Persian Gulf to the financial squeeze we all feel just pumping gas. No dry civics lesson, this fighting-mad film isn't just hot, it's incendiary. And no one gets off the hook. You see it with the exhilarating feeling that a movie can make a difference. -- Peter Travers for Rolling Stone.

RSVP Katy and Russ Fischer or call 973-663-4646.


 

July 18, 2006: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area.

Bennigan's (map & directions)
2241 Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902


July 8 , 2006: Movie/Exchange of Ideas Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ
(map & directions)

 

Hotel Rwanda

When should the U.S. Government interfere with the policies or behaviors of other nations? The conservative attitude has historically called for the U.S. to stay out of the business of foreign nations unless when directly attacked by such nations, while the liberal attitude is that the U.S. - with its powers of persuasion - should interfere in cases where human rights are being severely violated overseas.

So what happened in 1994 under a so-called liberal American president (Clinton), and again in 2003 under a so-called conservative American president (Bush Jr.)?
During the spring of 1994, more than 900,000 people were murdered in Rwanda, a country which had been a successful, and relatively peaceful one, before European Colonization decades earlier. Allegedly liberal-minded Bill Clinton did not act, and indeed the Westerners trying to secure the peace in Rwanda were pulled out when the fighting got severe.

Hotel Rwanda is the true story of Paul Rusesabagina, an ordinary man who, out of love and compassion, managed to save the lives of 1268 people.

RSVP Katy and Russ Fischer or call 973-663-4646.


June 28, 2006: Bridgewater Library, 7:30 PM

NJHN Annual Meeting.  All NJHN members within reasonable traveling distance are requested to attend.

Board of Directors election.
Discussion regarding the future direction of NJHN.  Should we become a chapter of AHA?


June 20, 2006: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area.

Bennigan's (map & directions)
2241 Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902



June 3 , 2006
: 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  Semi-annual Garage Sale in Belvidere, NJ. Our most important fundraising event. NJHN's sale will be held at Jack Walsh's home:


703 Oxford St (map) (directions)
Belvidere, NJ 07823

 


New Jersey Humanist Network American Humanist Association Directions to this event

June 3 , 2006: 7:30 PM

NJHN-Sussex presents The Personality of Cults
What is a Cult and should we Deprogram "Cultists?"

Fred Edwords, Editor of the Humanist magazine for the American Humanist Association, and his wife Mary Murchison-Edwords, will speak on various aspects of cults and deprogramming including the question of the appropriateness of the word "cult," and the civil liberties issues surrounding deprogramming.

The centerpiece of the forum will be the dramatic story of how in 1980, Mary herself became a victim of deprogramming by her parents who disapproved of interracial marriage. The deprogrammer went as far as to try to convince the young bride that Humanism was a "cult."

Free and open to the public, but reservations are necessary as space is limited.  To RSVP call Katy at 973-663-4646

Fischer Dance Studio (map & directions)
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ 07821


 

May 24, 2006: Friends Conference Center at Arbor Glen, 7:30 PM.

Guest Speaker Madelyn Hoffman, Director of NJ Peace Action, visited Afghanistan in June 2005 to meet with political leaders and citizens to assess the struggle for human rights, particularly among women. Madelyn will share her experiences from that trip and the ways in which we can assist the people of Afghanistan who still struggle for survival.


 

May 16, 2006: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area.

Bennigan's (map & directions)
2241 Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902



Sunday, May 14, 2006: 10:30 AM.

Monthly Forum

Topics TBA.  Brief Annual Membership Meeting at the beginning of the Forum.

Free and open to the public.

Red Bank Charter School (map) (directions)
58 Oakland Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701-8331

For more information, email: president at redbankhumanists.org, call 732-939-6507 or visit www.redbankhumanists.org.


 

April 30 , 2006: Adopt-a-Highway Program, 10:00 am. Help beautify our one-mile stretch of Route 31, and join fellow Humanists for lunch afterward! We will meet at:

Lin Supply Co. (map) (directions)
250 State Route 31 North
Washington, NJ 07882




Saturday, April 29, 2006: 7:00 PM

HUMANIST SALON (Members Only Event)

In the tradition of the French Salon, those attending discuss stimulating topics after some food, drink, and entertainment.  Food: bring something to share & BYOB. Location announced to members soon.

For more information, email: president at redbankhumanists.org, call 732-939-6507 or visit www.redbankhumanists.org.


 

Secular Student Alliance Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia HAGP Book Club

April 26, 2006: Friends Conference Center at Arbor Glen, 7:30 PM.

Guest Speaker Ian Thomas of Media, PA will speak about his experiences as a secular youth activist and known atheist candidate for his local school board.

 




Tuesday, April 25, 2006: 7:00 PM.

Humanism 101

An introductory class on Humanism, the philosophy of many great thinkers, scientists, and humanitarians. Followed by Q.& A.

Free and open to the public.

Middletown Public Library (map & directions)
55 New Monmouth Road
Middletwon, NJ

For more information, email: president at redbankhumanists.org, call 732-939-6507 or visit www.redbankhumanists.org.


April 22, 2006: Movie/Exchange of Ideas Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ
(map & directions)

 

Red State Road Trip

Filmmaker Chris Hume set out on a 6000 mile journey to find out how ordinary Americans felt about the state of the country.

Join the discussion, bring your opinions!  Bring your friends!

As always, our showings are free of charge. We will have refreshments and lots of discussion. Please, it is not necessary to bring any food or house gifts. We plan to start the movies at around 8:00pm, but feel free to arrive any time after 7:00pm.  Call or e-mail us if you need directions, or use the Google Maps link above.

Our upcoming movies:
May 6th, 2006: - Walmart - pro and con. This should make for a lively discussion.

RSVP Katy and Russ Fischer or call 973-663-4646.


April 18, 2006: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area.

Bennigan's (map & directions)
2241 Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902


April 14-16, 2006:  Atheist Alliance International 2006 Convention, Kansas City, MO.  Joint convention with the Secular Student Alliance.  For an updated convention program and registration details, visit AAI's convention page. 


April 14-16, 2006:  American Atheists 2006 Convention, San Antonio, TX.  For an updated convention program and registration details, visit AA's convention page.



Sunday, April 9, 2006: 10:30 AM.

Monthly Forum

Evolution 2006 (The year ingnorance trumped intelligence)

Promoting a Reason-Based Initiative

Free and open to the public.

Red Bank Charter School (map) (directions)
58 Oakland Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701-8331

For more information, email: president at redbankhumanists.org, call 732-939-6507 or visit www.redbankhumanists.org.


April 8, 2006: Movie/Exchange of Ideas Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

Examining the Real Agenda of the Religious Far Right

"Until progressives come to understand what [fundamentalists] read, hear, are told and deeply believe, we cannot understand American politics, much less be effective." - Joe Bageant

Most Americans outside the Bible Belt have little idea of the beliefs held by millions of fundamentalist churchgoers. We have an almost total lack of awareness of the rise of Dominionism and Christian Reconstructionism, forms of theology that advocate a biblical vision of God’s kingdom on earth. Some fundamentalists also foresee events such as The Rapture, the Times of Tribulation, Armageddon, and the Second Coming of Christ as we enter The End Days.

This conference will give rigorous attention to the worldview of Dominionism, its influence in contemporary political culture and its agenda for America. While not all Christian fundamentalists are Dominionists, Dominionism’s influence is powerful and growing. Its adherents play a significant role in secretive organizations such as The Council on National Policy, which exerts a strong influence on the strategy of the religious right.

Join the discussion, bring your opinions!  Bring your friends!

As always, our showings are free of charge. We will have refreshments and lots of discussion. Please, it is not necessary to bring any food or house gifts. We plan to start the movies at around 8:00pm, but feel free to arrive any time after 7:00pm.  Call or e-mail us if you need directions (Warning: you cannot find us on Mapquest--they'll send you to the other side of the lake).

RSVP Katy and Russ Fischer or call 973-663-4646.


 

Peter Christ bio Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Peter Christ bio


March 22, 2006: Bridgewater Library, 7:30 PM.

Guest Speaker Peter Christ, a retired police captain and co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) will discuss issues relating to the failure of drug prohibition in America.  LEAP members, consisting of current and former law enforcement officers and judges, support drug regulation rather than prohibition.

The mission of LEAP is to reduce the multitude of harms resulting from fighting the war on drugs and to lessen the incidence of death, disease, crime, and addiction by ultimately ending drug prohibition.


 

March 21, 2006: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area.

Bennigan's (map & directions)
2241 Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902


March 11 , 2006: Movie/Exchange of Ideas Night

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

Talk by Tim Wise

We will screen a special talk by Tim Wise recently given at the UU Church in Ridgewood, NJ. Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the U.S., having spoken in 48 states, and on over 400 college campuses, including Harvard, Stanford, and the Law Schools at Yale, Columbia, and Vanderbilt. He has trained teachers as well as corporate, government, media and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions, and has served as a consultant for plaintiff's attorneys in federal discrimination cases in New York and Washington State.


February 25, 2006: Movie/Exchange of Ideas Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

Orwell Rolls Over in his Grave

This film, according to the website, "is the consummate critical examination of the Fourth Estate, once the bastion of American democracy. Asking whether America has entered an Orwellian world of doublespeak where outright lies can pass for the truth, (this film) explores what the media doesn’t talk about: itself."

Orwell Rolls in his Grave provides a vital forum for ideas that will never be heard in mainstream media. NYU media professor Mark Crispin Miller says, "Goebbels said that what you want in a media system – he meant the Nazi media system - is to present the ostensible diversity that conceals an actual uniformity."

 

 

 


February 22, 2006: Bridgewater Library, 7:30 PM.

Guest Speakers Bill Dusenberry, Ph.D. and Jackie Dusenberry

In Darwin's Footsteps: Scenes from the Galapagos Islands

 


February 21, 2006: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area.

Subscribe to Middlesex County Atheists. It's free, and you don't need a yahoo ID.

Bennigan's (map & directions)
2241 Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902


February 18, 2006: 12:00 PM

Darwin Day Field Trip!
Charles Robert Darwin was born on February 12, 1809, in Shrewsbury, England. Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity as exemplified in the life, work and influence of this great scientist. It is celebrated by people around the world who value the adventurous spirit and natural curiosity that scientists and explorers of all kinds share.

We will visit the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan to view the Darwin exhibits.  Bring the kids and join us!



Thursday, February 9, 2006, 7:30 PM

The Center for Inquiry Community of New Jersey & The College at Florham Library at Fairleigh Dickinson University present Darwin’s (even more) Dangerous Idea! featuring Thomas Clark of the Center for Naturalism.  He will speak to the social, philosophical and political implications of Darwin’s naturalistic outlook.  Musical entertainment by Sonny Meadows.  Refreshments by Maga's Designs.

Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ

Suggested Donation: $5.00.  FDU Students FREE with college ID.

RSVP to Barry F. Seidman at bfs1227@aol.com, or call 973-208-5567.


February 4, 2006: Movie/Exchange of Ideas Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train

Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train documents the life and times of the historian, activist and author of the best selling classic A People’s History of the United States. Featuring rare archival materials, interviews with Howard Zinn as well as colleagues and friends including Noam Chomsky, Marian Wright Edelman, Daniel Ellsberg, Tom Hayden and Alice Walker, You Can't Be Neutral captures the essence of this activist and thinker who has been a catalyst for progressive change for more than 60 years. As Noam Chomsky said of him, "it is no exaggeration to say he has changed the consciousness of a generation."

 

 


January 25, 2006: Bridgewater Library, 7:30 PM.

Program meeting - New Jersey's Death Penalty Moratorium - Where Do We Go From Here?

Bipartisan legislation that would replace New Jersey's death penalty with life without parole has been passed by the New Jersey State Legislature and signed by Governor Codey.

Guest Speaker Raymond Deeney is an attorney whose career has specialized in Law and Mental Disability.   He currently teaches Mental Health Law at Seton Hall Law School and is on the Executive Committee of New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.   He brings his Humanist perspective to The Unitarian Society in East Brunswick where he is the Executive Vice President.



January 21 , 2006:
Movie/Exchange of Ideas Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ


A Patriot Act

A Patriot Act is a bold, funny and ultimately chilling film that uses news clips, historical documents and other factually verifiable sources to reveal the threats our Constitution is facing under the current administration. It examines the hidden motives behind their open contempt for fundamental civil rights, their blatant lies to garner support for a pre-emptive war, their relentless attacks on the environment, their unapologetic pandering to their wealthy “base” and their corporate sponsors.

 


January 17, 2006: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area.

Bennigan's (map & directions)
2241 Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902


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