SEA Monthly Roundtable (#4) – 3 August 2010: Unspecified topic

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Jul 272010

That’s right! Summer is upon us and so we just decided to make this one a free-for-all. If you happen to have a topic that you would like to bring along and moderate, feel free. If you’d just like to come and chat to people about how you came to atheism, what atheism is, or how to best discuss things with family, friends, and co-workers, we’re up for that too. As usual, the discussions will continue at the downtown Elephant & Castle pub once we leave the library.

Tuesday, 03 August 2010
19:00 – 20:30
Room 7, 6th Floor, Stanley A Milner Library, Downtown Edmonton

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Jun 282010

Religions are powerful institutions in society; so, too, are the military, especially the enormous US military might. Of concern over the past several years is that role that religion, especially the right-wing evangelical faith, plays within the US military. What is the proper role of religion in the military? Does a pro-Christian culture permeate the armed forces? Is the experience different in the Canadian Forces, or do we have similar concerns? Also, the old canard “There are no atheists in foxholes.” continues to circulate in the public consciousness, despite the clear tradition and fine examples of freethinkers in both the US and Canadian military who nobly serve their countries while being true to their own beliefs. Our own resident foxhole-dweller, Paul Welke, will shatter this myth, and provide comment and insight on his experience within the Canadian Armed Forces. One group, founded by Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein in 2005 to address the growing concern of religion in the military, is the Military Religious Freedom Foundation . The MRFF also maintains a blog. Another such group is the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers , which among other issues advocates for secular counselling for the ranks to access, a role traditionally filled only by the military chaplain. The financial support for such a chaplain in under constitutional scrutiny in the US for potentially violating the doctrine of separation of church and state, and this doctrine may be a way to stem the tide of undue influence on American military power in the future. Join us for a round table discussion on these issues and more at the Edmonton Public Library, one of our monthly series of subjects intended to provide for thoughtful discussions among our members and the public. All are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your voice!

Tuesday, 06 July 2010
19:00 – 20:30
Room 7, 6th Floor, Stanley A Milner Library, Downtown Edmonton