NOSHA

New Orleans Secular Humanist Association
2010 Archive Event Calendar

"Third Tuesday Happy Hour"....sponsored by NOSHA

Tuesday, Dec 21 at 6pm
The Columns
3811 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
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Still in town and all of your shopping done? Then join us for the last NOSHA happy hour of 2010. You owe yourself the chance to sit back and have an egg nog with friends. (Not sure if The Columns has egg nog, but you get the idea.)

We can celebrate that the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education committee agreed to move forward with the purchase of new science textbooks over the objection of the theist crowd. That's one less lump of coal in our stockings for 2011!

Freethinking Happy Hour

The Columns Hotel, designed by one of New Orleans' great architects, Thomas Sully, is the only remaining example of a large group of Italianate houses that he designed in the late 1880's.

Built in 1883 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Columns Hotel is located in the beautiful upper Garden District in New Orleans, Louisiana. Conveniently overlooking the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line.

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

NOSHA December 2010 -- Winter Solstice Potluck Picnic

Saturday, December 18 at 4pm
Harry Greenberger's Home
4314 Bancroft Drive
New Orleans, LA
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In place of our scheduled meeting on December 18, we will celebrate the Winter Solstice with a 4pm picnic on the bayou at Harry Greenberger's home in New Orleans, 4314 Bancroft Drive.

Call (504-282-5459) or email (hpgreenx@yahoo.com) to advise that you will attend and what you plan to bring from the following suggestions:

  • Portable barbeque pit, charcoal
  • Salads/sides: vegetable, fruit, potato, macaroni
  • Hamburger fixins' and buns
  • Hot dogs and buns
  • Sandwiches
  • Fruit and melons
  • Soft drinks or beer
  • Desserts

Around 6pm all who are interested will proceed to City Park to view "Celebration in the Oaks." Admission is $7.

Along with decorated oak trees, Celebration in the Oaks features amusement park rides, a light show and a snow machine. Children can also visit with Santa Claus on the walking tour, which ends at 10:00 p.m.

As in previous years since Hurricane Katrina, there won't be any driving tours through the park.

 

First Wednesday Happy Hour

Freethinking Happy Hour
Wednesday, Dec 1 at 6pm
The Delachaise Restaurant
3442 St. Charles Avenue.
New Orleans, LA
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It's the holiday season already and there isn't much time in anyone's schedule, but if you are looking for a little "rational" cheer, then we're your pals!

The Delachaise offers excellent wine by the glass, some delicious small plates and, if the weather's nice, outdoor seating.

You've been good all year, right?

Would a Secular Majority Make a Better America?

St. Augustine refuting a heretic
November 28, Sunday at 11am
Community Unitarian Universalist Church
316 38th St
New Orleans, LA 70124
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Harry Greenberger, community activist and president of the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association, will be the program speaker at the Community Unitarian Universalist Church in Lakeview to present "Would a Secular Majority Make a Better America?"

Afterwards, we'll plan on enjoying lunch for a post-meeting discussion and debriefing of everyone's holiday. And the added bonus? You can honestly tell the believers in your family that you're "going to church!"

This would be the morning for our newly minted monthly "Heretic's Brunch," so we'll just shift it a little to become a "Heretic's Lunch" instead. And by then, you'll be sick of leftover turkey and in need of a break from the relatives.

 

NOSHA November 2010 -- Celebrating Carl Sagan

Saturday, November 20 at 4pm (Beginning with this meeting we are changing the starting time to 4pm.)
Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118

We're planning to celebrate "Carl Sagan Day" as a commemoration of the life and work of Carl Sagan (1934-1996). Sagan, an astronomer, educator and secular humanist, is probably best known for his PBS series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" It has now been 30 years since "Cosmos" first aired. NOSHA will be joining other humanist groups nationwide to remember Carl Sagan in November.

In addition to showing an episode of "Cosmos," we plan to have members read their favorite Sagan quotes.

 

"Third Tuesday Happy Hour"....sponsored by NOSHA

Freethinking Happy Hour
Tuesday, Nov 16 at 6pm
Marigny Brasserie
640 Frenchmen Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
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We're trying a totally new place....at least new to our list of watering holes familiar to our merry band of skeptics. We thought it would be nice to branch out a little for the holidays and to give another section of town a try.

Marigny Brasserie is located on Frenchman at the corner of Frenchman and Royal in the Marigny Triangle. It's within easy walking distance to several restaurants and many musical venues, so you can make a night of it even if you can only stop in for a minute or two.

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

First Wednesday Happy Hour

Freethinking Happy Hour
Wednesday, Nov 3 at 6pm
Monkey Hill Bar
6100 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
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Located in historic uptown New Orleans, just three blocks from Audubon Zoo and Park, Monkey Hill Bar offers a wide selection of martinis, wines and beers. They have large couches to relax on and a free pool table as well as a shuffleboard table. Also, this area of Magazine Street has a lot of unique restaurants in the vicinity, so it makes for easy dining if you wish to grab a bite after a quick drink with your secular friends.

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

The Heretics' Brunch - October 2010

Brunch
Sunday 31 at 10am
Cafe Navarre
800 Navarre Ave
New Orleans, La
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We've talked about adding another social event to our secular calendar and, given how many of us probably don't have anywhere to be on Sunday mornings, we thought that a breakfast gathering might be the best fit!

We've decided on Cafe Navarre in Mid-City near Delgado off of Canal, so there is plenty of street parking and it wouldn't be in a very busy part of the town. And the Saints don't play until that night, so we won't keep anyone from their football excitement.

St. Augustine refuting a heretic

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

 

Uptown Free Readers

Banned Books
October 20, 6:30 PM
Maple Street Bookshop
7529 Maple Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

Uptown Free Readers is a reading club emphasizing substantive literature that has been banned, challenged, or censored. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Maple Street Bookshop, located at 7529 Maple Street, between Hillary and Cherokee streets, in Uptown New Orleans.

Maple Street Bookshop offers a 10% discount on Book Club readings. Contact the store for more information at 504-866-4916.

This month's book

Lolita has always been controversial, since it deals with an adult man's sexual attraction for under-age girls. When Nabokov finished writing it in 1953, American publishers refused to print it. Published in France in 1955, reviewers tended to ignore it, in spite of its growing popularity. One British newspaper editor called it "the filthiest book I have ever read." It quickly earned respect, however, and is now often included in literature curricula. It is often challenged when used in high school English classes.

 

Third Tuesday Freethinking Happy Hour

Freethinking Happy Hour
Tuesday 19 at 6pm
Clever - A Wine Destination
3700 Orleans Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70119
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We're heading back to Mid-City to the cool and interesting little bar by the American Can Company apartments on Orleans near Bayou St. John.

Nice couches and really well-made cocktails. Last time we had a few new faces, so we're hoping those guys can make it again.

"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever." ~Aristophanes, 450 - 388 BC

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

 

NOSHA October 2010 - Michael Hecht with Greater New Orleans, Inc.

Saturday, October 16 at 2pm
Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118

Our guest speaker will be Michael Hecht. He has been the president and CEO of Greater New Orleans Inc., for the past couple of years.

Greater New Orleans, Inc. serves the 10-parish Greater New Orleans region and plays a vital role as the regional economic development hub, serving to coordinate, consolidate, and then catalyze economic development initiatives.

Michael recently wrote a guest column for the Times Picayune: "Looking toward a bright post-Katrina future." He will talk more about the progress our city is making since the storm.

October's Wednesday Freethinking Happy Hour

Wednesday 6 at 6pm
The Columns
3811 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
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Since we had a nice turnout at The Columns for the recent Tuesday happy hour, we thought we'd give it another try so the "Wednesday crowd" can enjoy it, too!

We'll try to commandeer several tables on the porch where we can pick up some cool evening breezes and keep adding chairs as needed.

Haven't been in a while? Stop by for a few minutes and say hello.

Freethinking Happy Hour

The Columns Hotel, designed by one of New Orleans' great architects, Thomas Sully, is the only remaining example of a large group of Italianate houses that he designed in the late 1880's.

Built in 1883 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Columns Hotel is located in the beautiful upper Garden District in New Orleans, Louisiana. Conveniently overlooking the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line.

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

 

September's Freethinking Happy Hours

Freethinking Happy Hour
Tuesday 21 at 6pm
The Columns
3811 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
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We are adding another secular happy hour to our calendar each month. Now you can join our merry band of skeptics on the FIRST Wednesday and/or THIRD Tuesday of the month.

The Columns Hotel, designed by one of New Orleans' great architects, Thomas Sully, is the only remaining example of a large group of Italianate houses that he designed in the late 1880's.

Built in 1883 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Columns Hotel is located in the beautiful upper Garden District in New Orleans, Louisiana. Conveniently overlooking the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line.

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

 

NOSHA September 2010 - "Bertrand Russell's Ethical Philosophy"

Saturday, September 18 at 2pm
Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118

Peter C. Stone, Ph.D. will address New Orleans Secular Humanist Association with the topic "Bertrand Russell's Ethical Philosophy."

Dr. Stone is Assisstant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and Visiting Professor at Tulane University.

He works in political theory with a particular interest in theories of justice, democratic theory, rational choice theory and the philosophy of social science.

His current research concerns lotteries-not just state lotteries and the like, but all the various kinds of decisions that one might choose to make via random selection.

 
Monthly Meeting Directions
Audubon Zoo, Dominion Learning Center
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, (504)581-4629
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NOSHA's monthly meetings take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month, at 2:00pm

To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.

If it's a pretty day, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

For more information about this event, contact Harry Greenberger at (504) 282-5459. All NOSHA meetings are open to the general public.

Uptown Free Readers

Banned Books
September 15, 6:30 PM
Maple Street Bookshop
7529 Maple Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

Uptown Free Readers is a reading club emphasizing substantive literature that has been banned, challenged, or censored. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Maple Street Bookshop, located at 7529 Maple Street, between Hillary and Cherokee streets, in Uptown New Orleans.

Maple Street Bookshop offers a 10% discount on Book Club readings. Contact the store for more information at 504-866-4916.

Join "Team NOSHA" in the NO/AIDS Walk 2010

Aids Walk
Sunday 12 at 9:00am
Audubon Park
6500 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
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As one of our annual community service activities, NOSHA has been involved as a team in the NO/AIDS Walk since 2008.

If you'd like to walk with us as a member of Team NOSHA or simply make donation to our goal, please go to: http://www.noaidswalk.com

History

On July 28, 1985, AIDS Project Los Angeles held the world's first AIDS Walk. Its organizers hoped to raise $100,000, that day, but a tide of 4,500 walkers rolled forward from the starting point at Paramount Studios, bringing in $673,000.

 

September's Freethinking Happy Hours

Freethinking Happy Hour
First Wednesday Third Tuesday
September 1 at 6pm
Monkey Hill Bar
6100 Magazine
New Orleans, LA 70118
September 21 at 6pm
TBA

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Join our merry band of skeptics on the FIRST Wednesday and the THIRD Tuesday of the month.

Located in historic uptown New Orleans, just three blocks from Audubon Zoo and Park, Monkey Hill Bar offers a wide selection of martinis, wines and beers. They have large couches to relax on and a free pool table as well as a shuffleboard table. Also, this area of Magazine Street has a lot of unique restaurants in the vicinity, so it makes for easy dining if you wish to grab a bite after a quick drink with your secular friends.

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

August 2010 - NOSHA's 11th Anniversary Dinner, Our special guest speaker will be Ellen Johnson

Ellen Johnson
Saturday, August 21, 2010
6:30pm - Cash Bar
7:00pm - Dinner (Entree choices: Catfish Pecan, Veal Parmesan, Chicken St. Charles)
$40.00 - NOSHA Member
$45.00 - Non-Member
Smilie's Restaurant
5725 Jefferson Highway in Harahan
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Ellen Johnson is the past president of American Atheists. She has twice testified before the United States Commission on Civil Rights. In 2002 she organized the Godless Americans March On Washington and she was the organizer of the November 11, 2005 "Atheists In Foxholes" March On Washington . In 2003, she established the Godless Americans Political Action Committee now called EnlightenTheVote.com and serves as its Executive Director.

In 1998, she met with the Office of Public Liaison for the Clinton White House to discuss the subject of giving Atheists a "place at the table" in the discussion of issues of concern to our nation's Atheists.

She is also a frequent guest on national radio and TV shows including the Fox Network's Hannity & Colmes, The O'Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, The CBS Early Show, Glen Beck on Headline News, CBS Sunday Morning, a Barbara Walters Special and C-SPAN's prestigious public affairs program "Washington Journal."

Ms. Johnson is an Honorary Associate of the Rationalist International, and an Honorary Board Member of "Scouting For All," a nationwide group that seeks to end discrimination against Atheists and gays within the Boy Scouts of America.

In May of 2008, Ms. Johnson and Ken Loukinen completed the thwarted 1963 Freedom Walk of Atheist Bill Moore, who attempted to carry a letter of racial harmony from Tennessee to the Governor of Mississippi and was murdered two days into his walk. That same year over 700 people were arrested attempting to finish the famous walk. Ellen and Ken walked the letter from Attalla, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi and finished Bill Moore's walk.

Get your seat! Price per guest, $40.00 for NOSHA Members, $45.00 for Non-Member. Seating is limited, so make your reservations. You can use the Paypal button.

For more information, contact NOSHA president Harry Greenberger at 504-282-5459.

 

NOSHA July 2010 - "A Capitalist Oil Catastrophe"

Saturday, July 17 at 2pm
Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118

Our speaker for July will be author and activist Larry Everest who will present "A Capitalist Oil Catastrophe - System Not A Fit Caretaker of the Planet."

Larry Everest is a correspondent for Revolution newspaper (revcom.us), reporting from Iran, Iraq, Palestine and India, and the author of "Oil, Power & Empire: Iraq and the U.S. Global Agenda" (Common Courage, 2004), which former United States military analyst and Pentagon Papers author Dan Ellsberg calls "remarkable, horrifying, brilliantly illuminating," and from which director Oliver Stone drew in making "W," his film about George W. Bush.

In 1986, Everest wrote "Behind the Poison Cloud: Union Carbide's Bhopal Massacre," based on his on-the-scene investigation. Biologist, professor and eco-socialist Barry Commoner called this book "lucid, moving, powerful," and the National Academy of Engineering drew on the book's "Design for Disaster" chapter at their 2002 Annual Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering.

Everest has contributed to a number of other books, his articles have appeared in publications across the country, and he's appeared widely in the media, including CSPAN's Book-TV, BBC, NPR's "All Things Considered," and Pacifica's "Democracy Now."

As part of the first "Earth Day" in 1970, he helped organize a protest of environmentally unsafe conditions ("in plant pollution") at the factory where he worked. He is currently based in New Orleans and helped organize the Emergency Committee to Stop the Gulf Oil Disaster.

 
Monthly Meeting Directions
Audubon Zoo, Dominion Learning Center
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, (504)581-4629
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NOSHA's monthly meetings take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month, at 2:00pm

To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.

If it's a pretty day, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

For more information about this event, contact Harry Greenberger at (504) 282-5459. All NOSHA meetings are open to the general public.

June's Metting - "Toward a Consilient Approach to Ethics"

Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118
Saturday, June 19 at 2pm

Our guest speaker will be Michael Cavanaugh of Baton Rouge, author of the book "Biotheology - A New Synthesis of Science & Religion" (1996, University Press of America). The title of his talk will be "Toward a Consilient Approach to Ethics."

A lawyer since 1968 (LSU Law School), Cavanaugh has been a military judge during Vietnam at Fort Polk. He returned to Baton Rouge to work in a big firm (Sanders, Miller, Downing and Kean), but went out on his own a year later and retired at age 40 to try to understand better how science and religion interact.

From 2002-2005 he served as president of IRAS (The Institute on Religion in an Age of Science, which is generally considered the most prestigious and least into apologetics of the S/R organizations. It publishes the journal Zygon in which he's published several articles including one named "What is Religious Naturalism?"

Check out his website religiousnaturalism.org. He is currently working on a book to be entitled "Religious Naturalism: The Next Hundred Years."

 

June's Freethinking Happy Hours

Freethinking Happy Hour
First Wednesday Third Wednesday
June 2 at 6pm
Monkey Hill Bar
6100 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
June 16 at 6pm
Monkey Hill Bar
6100 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
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We are adding another secular happy hour to our calendar. Now you can join our merry band of skeptics on the FIRST and/or THIRD Wednesdays of the month.

Located in historic uptown New Orleans, just three blocks from Audubon Zoo and Park, Monkey Hill Bar offers a wide selection of martinis, wines and beers. They have large couches to relax on and a free pool table as well as a shuffleboard table. Also, this area of Magazine Street has a lot of unique restaurants in the vicinity, so it makes for easy dining if you wish to grab a bite after a quick drink with your secular friends.

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

May's Metting "Getting to know you"

Getting to know you.
Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118
Saturday, May 15 at 2pm

"♪Getting to know you, getting to know all about you...♫" as the tune goes is the subject of this monthly NOSHA gathering.

Every year or two, Lanny Goldfinch, NOSHA board member and retired psychotherapist, leads a discussion with audience participation to discover what our opinions are about a wide variety of topics....some controversial, some not. Anything from same sex rights to drug legalization, UFO abductions and alien visits is on the table for the afternoon. Non-believers of all stripes do not agree on everything, believe it or not!

All you need to come with is your opinion and a healthy respect for others (especially if you don't agree with them.) Personal attacks and grand standing will not be allowed, so if you can't control yourself, please bring duct tape so we can help you make it through the afternoon.

Also, we will have a reading about that trouble maker Mark Twain, as it is the 100th anniversary of his death.

 

May's Freethinking Happy Hour

Freethinking Happy Hour
Thursday, May 6 at 6pm
Monkey Hill Bar
6100 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
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NOTE: The day has been changed to Thursday, to coincide with the National Day of Reason

Located in historic uptown New Orleans, just three blocks from Audubon Zoo and Park, Monkey Hill Bar offers a wide selection of martinis, wines and beers. They have large couches to relax on and a free pool table as well as a shuffleboard table. Also, this area of Magazine Street has a lot of unique restaurants in the vicinity, so it makes for easy dining if you wish to grab a bite after a quick drink with your secular friends.

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

An Atheist, Theist Dialog

Is Religion More a Force for Good or for Evil in the World Today?
When: Thursday April 22nd, starting 6:30 PM.
Where: University of New Orleans
Kirschman Hall, Lecture Theatre 122

Is Religion More a Force for Good or for Evil in the World Today?

Sponsored by UNO Campus Freethought Alliance, there will be a two panel discussion, with the dialog ending with an audience question & answer session. For details contact: Paul Hebert at prhebert@uno.edu, (504) 232-1376.

 

April Meeting "Moral Excellence in the Teachings of Jesus"

Dr. David E. Crosby, pastor of First Baptist Church of New Orleans
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010 2:00 PM

Dr. David E. Crosby, pastor of First Baptist Church of New Orleans, will be our featured speaker for our April meeting.

Crosby has often encountered inquiries of faith throughout his long career in ministry. Serving as a dedicated pastor in more than four churches, he soon felt the need to document a concise summary of the first principles of religious belief. A prolific writer, Crosby has penned many articles for respected newspapers, including the Baptist Standard, New Orleans Times-Picayune, and Houston Chronicle. He has also published numerous devotional guides and instructional booklets.

"I have admired many of his columns in the Times Picayune and I think we can have a good dialog with him about relationships between secularists & Christians," says Harry Greenberger.

Crosby lives by a unique doctrine-the communication of gospel through deed is just as, if not more, important as its proclamation through word. He established both the Baptist Crossroads Project, a low-income housing initiative in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans, and the First Baptist Home Recovery Ministry, which assists homeowners in the rebuilding of property damaged in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the homeless of New Orleans, launching and implementing a plan to develop emergency housing for those most in need of it.

In 2007, the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater New Orleans rewarded Crosby with the Board of Directors Philanthropy Award. In 2005, the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans presented him with the Role Model Award.

Crosby graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with a B.A. in religion and journalism. From there, he earned a master of divinity degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Baylor University, concentrating in ethics. He has three children and lives with his wife in Metairie, Louisiana.

 

April's Freethinking Happy Hour

Freethinking Happy Hour
Wednesday, April 7 at 6pm
Monkey Hill Bar
6100 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
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We've been hosting our casual happy hours for over a year now on the first Wednesday of every month, so in an effort to streamline our operations we are settling on one location for this ongoing social hour!

Located in historic uptown New Orleans, just three blocks from Audubon Zoo and Park, Monkey Hill Bar offers a wide selection of martinis, wines and beers. They have large couches to relax on and a free pool table as well as a shuffleboard table. Also, this area of Magazine Street has a lot of unique restaurants in the vicinity, so it makes for easy dining if you wish to grab a bite after a quick drink with your secular friends.

As always, we will continue to encourage stimulating conversation and to provide a welcoming place for our freethinking friends to stop by and say hello!

Secular Social to Welcome OSU Students for Freethought

Mimi's in the Marigny When:
Thursday March 25th at 8:00pm
Where:
Mimi's in the Marigny
2601 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117
504) 942-0690
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The OSU Students for Freethought are in town again on their spring break to do good works and they want to meet up with freethinkers (especially students!) in New Orleans this week for a quick chat and a drink or two.

They are working with Trinity Christian Community

Please feel free to join us, ESPECIALLY if you're in the under 25 crowd, to learn more about what secular students are doing in Ohio and how they are helping our community.

 

March Meeting "The Truth About the Bible"

When: Saturday March 20th at 2:00pm
Prof. Brancazio

Believers claim that the Bible is the revealed word of God, and as such is an unimpeachable source of morality and history. As secular humanists, we should be prepared to challenge this assumption. A knowledge of the history and contents of the Bible is a powerful tool in any debate with those who wish to give it a privileged role in the American system of ethics and government.

For Professor Peter J. Brancazio, author of The Bible From Cover to Cover, an excoriating book that strips bare the inconsistencies and fabrications of the bible, there is no doubt that someone like Jesus historically existed, though he admits there's very little written evidence for it.

"I think his message is so radical that there had to have been a historical Jesus," says Brancazio. "If he wasn't real, somebody had to have said all those things."

But what has happened to Christ's message? "A lot of what Christians believe about Jesus Christ was actually developed 100, 200 or 300 years after his death," says Brancazio, who will trace how Jesus was transformed by the early Christians into the son of god and a member of the trinity.

It was all done by committee, he insists: "All of the attributes that Christians presently believe about Jesus-the trinity, being the son of god-were actually created by church conferences where people basically voted on what was to become canon."

But, adds the professor: "What was Jesus' actual message? What did he really say to people and did this get transformed over time?"

Dr. Brancazio was chosen by Newsday as one of six "Great Teachers in New York" in 1990. He taught for 35 years in the Physics department of Brooklyn College. He created, and has taught for seven years, a now-famous course called "Science and Religion," inspired by a grant from the famous Templeton Foundation. He now teaches this course at Long Island University, where, according to Dr. Kay Sato, of C.W. Post-Long Island University, "he thoroughly amazes and delights students with his fascinating insights and in-depth knowledge."

The professor, a scientist turned biblical scholar, confesses to having read both the New Testament and the Old Testament four times, an exhausting and critical study which inspired him to write his book The Bible From Cover to Cover. But it also put him in the forefront of bible debunkers and inspired a whole new career in teaching the truth about the bible and the Jesus fables.

 

Potluck Supper & Movie Night

Letting Go of God.
When: Saturday March 13th at 6:00pm

We're hosting a potluck supper and social at Harry's house on Bayou St. John followed by the viewing of Julia Sweeny video, "Letting Go of God."

As usual, bring salads, main dishes, vegetables, desserts, beverages and snacks to share.

Where:
Greenberger's on Bayou St. John
4314 Bancroft Drive
New Orleans, LA 70122
(just off St. Bernard Avenue and Park Island Drive across from City Park on Bayou St. John.) View Map
For more information, call (504)282-5459
 

March's Freethinking Happy Hour

Irish Garden
When: Wednesday March 3rd at 6:00pm
Where: Irish Garden
2604 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 324-5280
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Because we all have a little Irish in us, we wanted to pick a place that will usher in the season. We're going to the Garden District this month, so all you locals can get your green on.

Oh, and before I forget, start practicing your favorite Irish blessing. Here's one to start us off: "May you be in Heaven a half hour before Bobby Jindal knows you're dead!"

Happy Hour Meetups

The first Wednesday of every month NOSHA organizes a happy hour gathering so everyone can have a chance to meet informally and get to know each other better. We non-conformists must stick together!

Contact Ricky Adams at ricky125@yahoo.com or 504-813-5276 for more info about our monthly happy hour events.

 

February Meeting "Back to the Future"

When: Saturday February 20th at 2:00pm
Louisiana, Darwin-Free

Barbara Forrest, professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University and co-author of "Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design," will be our guest speaker in February.

The topic is "Back to the Future: The Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008" and will include a slide presentation about developments since the law passed 18 months ago.

 

Happy Hour Meetup for February

·· Wednesday February 3rd at 6:00pm ··
Mimi's in the Marigny
Mimi's in the Marigny
2601 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117
504) 942-0690
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We're planning our next happy hour at an iconic Marigny bar....atmosphere, coolness and location. Mimi's in the Marigny has it all!

We've heard something about a very unique bathroom design that is sure to cause some discussion. And they have a fantastic tapas menu.

 

January NOSHA Potluck Meeting

January NOSHA Meeting
Saturday, January 16, 2:00 PM

Since our regular third Saturday meeting date coincides with the NFL playoffs, we've opted for bringing Saints fans together this month.

Instead we will have a potluck lunch at President Harry Greenberger's home beginning at 2 PM to eat and be ready for the game at 3:30. (Those who aren't football nuts can still socialize and get better acquainted.)

Bring either an entree, side item, salad, dessert or beverages to share.

Where:
Greenberger's on Bayou St. John
4314 Bancroft Drive
New Orleans, LA 70122
(just off St. Bernard Avenue and Park Island Drive across from City Park on Bayou St. John.) View Map
(504)282-5459
 

January's Freethinking Happy Hour

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Wednesday, January 6th at 6pm

Do we have a treat to start out the new year! The Inn On Bourbon is continuing it's Opera Returns to Bourbon Street series with a jam-packed schedule of FREE opera performances. Come celebrate with food, special opera-themed cocktails and fun at The IOB's Puccini Bar.

In October 2007, the Big Easy partnered with the Big Apple, making New Orleans the first official "Opera on Tap" franchise. Eight times each season, the New Orleans Opera presents the finest young, local and regional singers in casual, 90-minute concerts of opera, Broadway and more.

The Inn on Bourbon
541 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

The first Wednesday of every month NOSHA organizes a happy hour gathering so everyone can have a chance to meet informally and get to know each other better. We non-conformists must stick together!

See Meetup event for more information.