Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists and Other Freethinkers
Greater Sacramento Area's Gateway to a Thriving Freethought Community
Sacramento Area organizational social activities for atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and those of us who hold similar un-religious philosophies and unbelief.
The American Humanist Association has announced a new resource to parents and children with information untainted by supernaturalism. Discuss a wide range of topics, including religion in public schools, science, discrimination, sexuality, and more. Kids Without God, a web site for young people who embrace science and have rejected superstition and want to be good without a god.
A treat for my freethinking friends
Since 2000, I've been illustrating coloring book craft images for children. It has occured to me that there seems to be a void of images available for freethinking families, so I spent a happy afternoon working up gift wrap printables and color book with topics of interest to free thinking folks. These fun freethought gift wrap background images can be printed on any home or office printer to whatever size the printer can offer. Present your stocking stuffers and office party gifts with unique and unusual printable giftwrap specifically tailored for atheists and agnostics and other free thinkers. Include these images on campouts and gatherings where children can enjoy decorating freethought color book printables as the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Atoms, Darwin Fish and Humanist symbols.
Message from the Webmistress: I discovered secular humanism way back in 1987. I remember having a feeling of almost euphoric joy over the prospect that there were actually democratic-minded unbelievers and I could at last connect with like-minded people. I think it took all of 20 minutes for me to locate the leaders of CODESH and sign my name on the flaming line.
Out of curiosity I began a letter-writing campaign to locate and become members with every single humanist/freethought group I could find at the time, and believe me there'weren't many. I spent a ton of money, months of research time and sent tons of self-addressed, stamped envelopes to all groups I could find. Books on freethought and atheism were almost impossible to find anywhere and just forget about finding any quality movies on the subject.
I also joined the local Humanist Association of the Greater Sacramento Area and eventually built Sacramento's first free thought website rthoughtsrfree.org to help promote HAGSA, Project Tocsin and encourage any other free thought group in the area. The Secular Web was just a glimmer in the eyes of 2 or 3 geeks back then. I was sort of an activist for a while both with volunteer work and website development but eventually took a back seat to enjoy the growth and development of science-minded free thought. Fast forward 26 years - this morning I spent about 30 minutes "following" several hundred atheist, freethought people and organizations listed on Twitter. Tommorrow I will follow several hundred more groups and individuals. What a difference seems an understatement.
Freethinking individuals tend to be loners or non-joiners, I make that statement based upon the biggest complaint I consistently hear anyway, from group organizers of freethought social events. I think this ingrained behavior could be a perfectly logical survival technique, considering the gruesome fates and social ostracization many of our atheistic ancestors suffered (and continue to suffer in many countries) for having the audacity to question dogmatic authority. This self-imposed island mentality could be why the isolation of the Internet seems to be perfectly suited to attracting and connecting freethinking individuals. I hope eventually the Twitterers and thumbtalkers will grow weary of cozy isolation and develop interactive communities.