Apr 222015

The Alberta provincial election is on Tuesday, May 5 – get out and vote!

You may have noticed that our usual roundtable event would also be on May 5, we will be moving it to another day, so that all our SEA volunteers can get to the ballots, and our members don’t have to choose one or the other.

The SEA does not support a particular political party; we mostly want you to go and vote, and for you to make an informed choice based on what you value when you cast your ballot. To help with that, here are some resources.

  • Elections Alberta: How to make sure you’re on the List of Electors, where to find your polling station, and information about special ballots and advanced polls.
  • VoteKit: All the basics for new voters, including video tutorials in 8 languages and opportunities to practice voting before the big day.
  • Vote Compass: A questionnaire to help you determine which political party is closest to your priorities.
  • Albert Politics: Possibly the best Alberta political blog, with links to candidate webpages and other opinion pieces.
Jan 202015

Public Consultations on GSAs in Alberta Schools Happening Next Week

Good afternoon,

Safe Schools Alberta will be one of the presenters at next week’s Public Consultations on Gay Straight Alliances in Alberta Schools. The public consultations are being held by the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association in both Edmonton (starting at 4:30 PM on January 29th) and Calgary (starting at 5:30 PM on January 27th). Safe Schools Alberta is scheduled to present at the Calgary session.

These important hearings are likely to be watched by both media and politicians, and the public is welcome (RSVP required). We encourage you to consider attending.

Get full details about the Public Consultations >

RSVPs are required in order to attend. Please RSVP to: register@rmcla.ca

You can also encourage your friends to join you by inviting them on Facebook:

Edmonton: https://www.facebook.com/events/637423599700646/
Calgary: https://www.facebook.com/events/1582223628658139/

Thank you! We hope to see you there.

Richard Einarson
Safe Schools Alberta

May 222014

There have been some changes to the way Pride is being run this year and all volunteers are required to sign a waiver/release form PRIOR to the event.   Please note if you are still unsure if you can make it but are hoping to, you CANNOT sign it on the day of the parade.   I’d rather have too many signatures than the other way around.  Please note this needs to be submitted by June 1st.

  1. Waivers must be signed by all people in your entry and submitted prior to June 1st 2014 .  This is crucially important as your parade package will be based on the number of signatures on your waiver.  If you do not return the waiver you will not be allowed to participate in the parade. A single waiver may be used for multiple signatures.    Signatures must be dated and have the signator print their name beside their signature.

You can send us a signed copy via email (scanned copy) to info@edmontonatheists.ca or to any board members you know via email or facebook.  Alternatively, we will have it available in person at LogiCON on Saturday May 24th,  brunch on Sunday 25th, at book club on the 25th, and at the David Silverman event on Wednesday 28th.   If none of these options work for you please get in touch with a board member and we’ll see what we can arrange.

Click this link to download the release form.  You are required to enter your name, signature and date on page two of this document

Waiver and Release Form

Please dress in colourful clothing, and try to avoid t-shirts with messaging on them.   We have a few hand held signs but if you plan on bringing your own please be aware that the SEA board will have final say on whether it can be included (there are much stricter rules this year and we do not want to offend or risk not being allowed to participate).

Thanks everyone, we’re looking forward to showing our support and having plenty of fun at the Edmonton Pride Parade 2014!

 Posted by at 12:03 PM
May 082014

LogiCON has announced their speakers list and the schedule for the day should be available soon.

Here is the info you need to know:


LogiCON is a science conference for anyone who has an interest in knowing more about all kinds of science topics.  This year, we have moved to a single track in one big room to make sure you get to see all of our speakers.  Learn about this year’s exciting discoveries about the beginning of time, the secrets of dark matter, the weird things that happen as temeratures approach Absolute Zero and much more.

This one day event takes places on Saturday, May 24th, at MacEwan University’s CN Theatre in the 105st building.  YOu’ll learn from a series of engaging speakers as well as have a chance to ask them questions about their areas of expertise.

Everybody  has an inner nerdy streak: come indulge yours at LogiCON 2014

You can get more information at the website www.logicon.ca, and tickets @ LogiCON.eventbrite.com


Logicon 2014 small

 Posted by at 9:00 AM
Mar 172014

We’ve had a very generous donation of a full ticket (not including banquet, sessions only) to the IMAGINE NO RELIGION conference in Kamloops this May, to be given away as a door prize at our annual general meeting!

To be entered you simply have to show up and enter the door prize draw at the meeting on Monday April 7th.   Hope to see you there!

To find out more information about the conference check out the website and speakers list at imaginenoreligion.ca.

 Posted by at 8:53 AM
Mar 132014

Didn’t think there were young earth creationists here in Northern Alberta?  Well think again!

Looks like Ken Ham, along with his younger brother Steve, are doing a whistle stop tour to the Capital City in April, giving presentations at two Edmonton Churches.    Ken will be presenting at West Meadows Baptist Church on April 4-6th, and then Meadowlands Baptist Church on the 6th in the evening.   The topics he’ll be discussing are : Is Genesis Relevant in 2014? ; Genetics and the Origin of the ”Races”;  Six Days and the Authority of Scripture ; How to communicate the gospel in our secular community; and Evolution, Scoffers and the Last Days.   Hopefully he puts some of his newfound knowledge from the debate with Bill Nye into these presentations……but I suspect not.

I know that Creation Ministries were here in Spruce Grove last year and it was interesting that the two day event saw a decrease in attendance on the second day, almost as if the church congregation weren’t buying it.   What do you think will happen when Ken Ham visits though?  Is he a big enough name to fill the seats regardless?
Ken Ham in Edmonton

 Posted by at 9:57 PM
Mar 112014

The  Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association (AMSA) at the U of A are holding a debate/discussion about the topic: “Is the concept of martyrdom justified in religion?”    This event will be taking place on March 20 in The Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex U of A, room 1-007 at 6 o’clock. There will be speakers representing the Atheist (a member of the UAAA), Christian, Sikh, and Muslim points of view.  This is a free event, but they are taking donations for the Edmonton food bank.

Uof A discussion

**This event is not affiliated or run by the Society of Edmonton Atheists but we did think it would be of interest for our members.

 Posted by at 10:08 AM
Jan 222014

Peter Boghossian
Peter Boghossian, author of the new book ”A Manual For Creating Atheists”,  was in Calgary this past weekend (hosted by CFI Calgary) and a few of us made a day trip down to meet him and hear him talk about a chapter from his book.   His presentation was from chapter four of the book, which talks about Street Epistemology, giving us a set strategy to use when talking to people of faith.

Continue reading »

 Posted by at 9:03 AM
Jan 072014

We’ve just been notified of an event that we think many of our members may be interested in attending.  The University AAA is hosting this debate event next Thursday January 23rd at 6:30pm.  The admission fee is $2 for students and $5 for non-students, which will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Debate Jan 23

The debate is focused specifically on the Christian God and Michael Horner from Power To Change will be on the Christian side with Justin Schieber (from the Reasonable Doubts podcasts) arguing for the atheist side.

A group of us will meet at the University LRT at 5:45 to head over together if you are unsure of the layout of the U of A.

Here are directions to  The Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS):  http://www.science.ualberta.ca/en/CCIS/CCISBookings/Directions.aspx

Check our events listing on facebook to discuss car pools/meetups etc.

 Posted by at 10:21 AM
Jun 072013

Director Luke Fevin with John W. Loftus

We hope a few of you managed to make it out to the God or Godless debate at the Greenfield Baptist Church in Edmonton on Wednesday night.  The debate spanned three evenings, starting off in Calgary, then to Red Deer before heading up to us in Edmonton.   The event here was quite well attended with approximately 300 people in the church.   Randal Rauser and John W Loftus presented their arguments, Randall arguing for God and John arguing a lack of evidence to conclude belief, then there was a conversational section of the evening followed by Q and A’s.   Rauser and Loftus have written a book together by the same title as the topic for the evening, which as I understand, goes through 20 topics in which they both weigh in with their respective views.   The book can be found on Amazon.

John W Loftus is a former Christian Minister who studied under William Lane Craig at the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  He has degrees in philosophy, philosophy of religion, theology, and a PhD in ethics.    Loftus updated his blog Debunking Christianity after the event and we thank him for the mention.   He lives in Indiana, and has written numerous books on religion/atheism and why he is now an atheist.

Randal Rauser lives here in Edmonton, and is the associate professor at the Taylor Seminary.  He too has authored numerous books, and also has a blog.   Randal has been out to speak to the S.E.A. previously, although sadly I was not part of the group at that time.  I do hear it was an interesting and well received evening.

Overall, many of the arguments were all things we’ve heard before from the religious side.   Quite deist in their leanings, the arguments included the ever popular argument of moral objectivity, mathematics and natural laws proving a designer, and transcendent love being proof of a higher power.     Obviously these arguments could be used to prove any of the thousands of gods throughout our history.   At the end of the evening after a conversation with a Christian in the room who asked me to ”keep seeking for god” I was left with one main question from the presented arguments and the discussions that happened afterwards.

”Which god?”

~Karen Kerr

 Posted by at 1:27 PM