Richard Dawkins Returns to the Land of “The Good Guys”

In 2014, Professor Richard Dawkins visited the University of Connecticut for a fireside chat with the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Jeremy Teitelbaum. At one point during the discussion Professor Dawkins reached for a flyer; prepared by Connecticut Coalition of Reason, looked at it, held it up and said, “If you have one of these flyers from the Connecticut Coalition of Reason, these are the good guys. Seek them out.

Well the good guys were at it again this past Saturday November 4th. Professor Dawkins was on a brief tour in the US and held an event at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford. The topic of the evening was “All Things Science.”

Pat McCann, former co-chair of the Connecticut Coalition of Reason, said, “When I heard that Professor Dawkins was returning to Connecticut, I reached out to Robyn Blumner, CEO of the Center for Inquiry, to let her know that we could help spread the word throughout the atheist/humanist community in CT and surrounding states through Twitter and Facebook. She was very excited to have our help and the conversation eventually lead to also having a group of us volunteer to help out at the event. Well, needless to say we were very very excited.”

The main event of the evening consisted of a two-hour long fireside chat format with Professor Dawkins and NY Times Columnist, Carl Zimmer. The hour-long discussion was mostly science focused and ranged from evolution to medicine to the future of our species with a little bit of atheism sprinkeled in. The second hour was dedicated to answering audience questions.

“We didn’t get another ‘Good Guys’ shout out during the event, but we were able to put some of our local swag on the CFI table and had an amazing amount of foot traffic and fielded a ton of questions about our groups.” McCann added.

The volunteer team from the Connecticut Coalition of Reason was on board to set up and staff the CFI table as well as distribute and collect question cards from the audience in the hour before the main event. The team also got to attend the VIP reception with Professor Dawkins and Carl Zimmer. The team was also on hand to help out at the book signing after the event. In very many ways this evening exceeded all expectations

The Volunteer Team: Luther Weeks, Beatrice Maslowski, Elisabeth Brown, Pat McCann, Tom Kennedy, Deidre Kennedy, Klaus Kingstorf, and Adam Arrowsmith

On stage after the sound check

The VIP reception

Pat McCann trying to explain evolution to Professor Dawkins

Pat McCann, Richard Dawkins, and Elisabeth Brown

The obligatory after-party

New Leadership in Connecticut

by Jase
Executive Director–United Coalition of Reason

This past week, the Connecticut Coalition of Reason was proud to announce that Pat McCann became the new Assistant Connecticut State Director for American Atheists. Alongside of Pat’s friend Dennis Paul Himes (remember our last newsletter that featured “Dennis Destroyed Dogma”?), Pat will help keep a watch in Connecticut for religion/government separation violations as well as helping to promote atheist identity and visibility outreach. You can keep in touch with Pat by email as well as on Twitter (@PJMcCann3) to learn more about his work.

Speaking of the Connecticut CoR, here’s a great article from The Day that featured one of their local, cooperating groups, the Atheist Humanist Society of Connecticut and Rhode Island, and one of their well-known public figures, Tom Krattenmaker of the Yale Humanist Community.

Tom Krattenmaker

Dennis Paul Himes named American Atheists’ State Director of the Year

Dennis Paul Himes, current co-chair for the Connecticut Coalition of Reason and State Director for American Atheists, was recently named the American Atheists’ State Director of the year at the American Atheists national convention held in Charleston, South Carolina August 18-21. David Silverman, President of American Atheists, presented Dennis with the award. Dennis, a tireless activist for atheist equality and state/church separation, was surprised by the award and visibly emotional when he received it. Dennis later said, “This was an unexpected honor.”

We caught up with Dennis later to learn more about him and his plans as State Director for American Atheists.

CT CoR – How long have you been an atheist?
Dennis – This is not as easy to answer as you might think. It was a gradual process, not a revelation. I was raised a Roman Catholic. The first doubts arose when I was a teenager and I realized that if I’d been born into another faith I would probably be a member of that faith. Since religions make conflicting factual claims believing in a faith means accepting that its factual claims make the most sense. So if I couldn’t honestly say to myself that I’d have converted to Catholicism if I’d been born into another faith, then I couldn’t honestly call myself a believing Catholic. And I couldn’t honestly say that. So I started looking at different religions and it quickly became clear that none of them were any more believable than the Romans’ worship of Jupiter and the other Olympian gods.

So in my early twenties I started calling myself an Agnostic. I realized that any finite evidence for infinite attributes is necessarily trivial, and that all organized religion was mythology, but I left open the possibility of a god who didn’t see any reason to reveal his nature. Sometime in my late twenties I discovered Modal Realism (although I wouldn’t come across that name for decades) and realized that an omnipotent agent is contradictory. That’s when I started calling myself an atheist.

CT CoR – How long have you been active in the movement? How long have you been CT state director for American Atheists?
Dennis – The impetus for me becoming active was the theocratic attacks on the United States on the 11th of September 2001. It wasn’t just that the terrorists were directly attacking our secular way of life; it was also that my own government wasn’t defending it. I would have expected the president and other government officials to say, “Yes, we’re secular, and we’re proud of it, and violence isn’t going to make us abandon that, because it’s the right thing to do”. Instead they were singing “God Bless America”.

I decided the time had come to become active myself, and I looked around at the various Atheist/Humanist/Freethinking organizations, and decided that American Atheists was the best fit for me. It just so happened that when I reached this point American Atheists had just had a convention in Boston, which would have been so convenient for me. However, they also had scheduled a Godless Americans March on Washington for that November. I went to that, partly to march and partly to network with the activists there. At one of the social meetings surrounding the march I was talking with the American Atheists New Jersey State Director, a guy named David Silverman, and when I told him I wanted to become more active he said, “Become Connecticut State Director. We need a state director in Connecticut.” So that’s what I did. By the 2003 convention I was the newly minted Connecticut State Director.

CT CoR – What are your top priorities for CT as State Director?
Dennis – My ultimate goal is a society where religion is this weird thing people used to do. Connecticut, being one of the least religious states in the union, can lead the way. While we need to keep a vigilant watch on attempts to reverse the advancements we’ve made, we should also keep an eye on making more advancements, beyond what most people think is possible in the U.S. Keep in mind that not too long ago same-sex marriage was considered an unrealistic, utopian goal, and that perception began to change when very liberal states started challenging that, making it seem reasonable in somewhat liberal states, and triggering an expansion to the entire country.

CT CoR – What do you see as the biggest challenges you face as State Director?
Dennis – Apathy. Many Connecticut Atheists figure that things aren’t too bad in Connecticut compared to other states, therefore there’s nothing that really needs to be done. But if Atheists are only active in the worst states, the best they can expect is that every state becomes only kind of bad. As I mentioned in my last answer, though, we can move beyond that, and in order to move beyond that states like Connecticut must set an example.

CT CoR – What are your proudest accomplishments as State Director?

DennisProbably convincing the City of Middletown to stop holding a National Day of Prayer event in city hall every May.

CT CoR – Tell us about your relationship with David Silverman.
Dennis – As I said above, I first met David in 2002. After I became Connecticut State Director I would see him every year at the National Convention. I got to know him reasonably well during that time. State directors tend to hang out together at the conventions. Eventually, Dave became the communications director, then vice president, and then president. During these years state directors and other people active with American Atheists have come and gone, and Dave and I found ourselves being part of what’s been called the “old crowd”. I also see Dave sometimes when he comes to Connecticut for events, which is one advantage of being in a state that is so close to the national headquarters (which is in New Jersey).

Dennis Destroys Dogma

On Saturday June 3rd American Atheists Connecticut State Director and co-chair of the Connecticut Coalition of Reason, Dennis Paul Himes, was challenged to a debate on the existence of God by a local evangelical preacher, Alexxander Medeiros. Mr. Medeiros is a Biblical literalist and his arguments, as expected, were circular and can be summed up thusly: If it is not in the Bible then it cannot be true and the Bible is true because it says so in the Bible. Dennis deftly deflated all of these arguments with sound logic and pointed examples throughout the debate.

Then it came time for audience questions which were collected on index cards. There was a wide range of questions including the likes of: “How did all the kangaroos get from Australia to Noah’s ark?” – unanswered by Mr. Medeiros, to “Where do you derive morality from if it is not from God? – Through nature and cultural evolution – to paraphrase Dennis.” The most telling of all was the, now famous, Bill Nye/Ken Hamm debate question, “What would change your mind on your position?” Dennis responded first by saying, “Evidence. Good, hard, reproducible, and scientifically-confirmed evidence.” Mr Medeiros’s response was, “Nothing.”

The debate was sponsored by Connecticut CoR member organization, the Atheist Humanist Society of Connecticut and Rhode Island (AHSCTRI), and held at the Groton Public Library. It was very well attended (approx. 50) with half Christian and half non-believer. A video of the entire 2 hour debate/Q&A event is on YouTube at

Get Ready for a Connecticut Darwin Day Trifecta in 2018!

On Tuesday, May 9th, members of the Secular Coalition for Connecticut and the Connecticut Coalition of Reason met with Governor Dannel P. Malloy. The purpose of the meeting was to thank the Governor for his service to Connecticut, introduce him to our very large and thriving secular community, and ask him to recognize us.

We are grateful to the Governor for his accommodating this meeting. He was both cordial and receptive. We thanked him for his service and progressive accomplishments during his tenure and for his continued efforts to endorse progressive efforts that include all of Connecticut’s residents.

We relayed to the Governor some facts about the non-religious state of Connecticut and left him a hard copy of our “Secular Briefing” document with the details and references. We discussed issues that we raised at our Lobby Day and we also shared our concerns about Trump and his latest executive order reducing enforcement against 501(c)3 religious organizations that violate state/church separation laws. In addition, we discussed our concern about what other pro-religious privilege (which creates anti-freedom) orders Trump might sign. Given our concerns, we requested that the Governor do what he can to recognize the very large and thriving non-religious and Atheist/Humanist/Freethinker community in Connecticut and so he agreed to at least sign our Darwin Day proclamation next February.

So get ready for a trifecta of Darwin Day proclamations and resolutions from Connecticut next year! For those of you who may be wondering why the issuing of a Darwin Day proclamation by the Connecticut Governor would complete a trifecta, the answer is simple: Connecticut is THE place for Darwin Day congressional resolutions which have been sponsored by CT Senator Blumenthal (D) and CT Representative Himes (D-CT4) for the last several years.

Governor, thank you for meeting with us. We look forward to our continued engagement throughout the remainder of your term and we are grateful for your service to the people of Connecticut.

Connecticut CoR Members Participate in Secular Lobby Day

On Monday, March 13th, the Secular Coalition for Connecticut held a Lobby Day at the state capitol. The occasion brought nontheists from across Connecticut together to lobby their state representatives and senators in support of secular and science-based public policy.

Cary Shaw [L], President of the Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County and Dennis Paul Himes [R]—State Director (Connecticut) of American Atheists.
Pat McCann of the Secular Coalition for Connecticut leads a training session.)

“It was great to see so many participants at our first Secular Advocacy Day in Connecticut,” said Pat McCann Chair of the Secular Coalition for Connecticut. “All the feedback was positive and the legislators that we spoke to were very receptive to the three bills we are supporting this year. The Secular Coalition for Connecticut is a team of individuals dedicated to fulfilling our mission of protecting and strengthening the secular character of our state government as the best guarantee of freedom for all Connecticut citizens. Organizing a Lobby Day for secular constituents to meet their representatives is one of the ways in which we do that.”

Attendees urged state lawmakers to support three bills: SB-939, The Patient’s Right to Know Act, HB-6024, An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients, and SB-740, An Act Concerning the Form of Oaths. This was the first ever lobby day for the Secular Coalition for Connecticut, a chapter affiliate of the Secular Coalition for America.

“This was my first time participating in a legislative advocacy event,” said attendee George Unser. “I was pleased that so many people with a wide variety of secular viewpoints could come together to focus on common goals. I found that the legislators made it easy for us to discuss our issues with them. In all, I think it was a successful event.”

A member of the Secular Coalition for Connecticut meets with CT State Representative Mike Demicco

“As the number of nonreligious Americans continues to grow, lawmakers at every level of government will increasingly hear from their secular constituents,” said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. “It is essential that state lawmakers know that nontheists are their neighbors, their friends, and most importantly, their constituents. Advocacy at the state level is essential for increasing our visibility, advancing science-based policy, and protecting the secular character of our government. I’m proud that our chapter was able to put faces to the voices of secular Connecticuters.”

Connecticut’s First Lobby Day A Success

The Secular Coalition for Connecticut (SCCT) organized its first Lobby Day at the Capitol in Hartford on Monday, March 13th. Know as “Secular Advocacy Day” the event attracted both Connecticut Coalition of Reason members and non members to the State Capitol to lobby on behalf of Connecticut’s large nonreligious population for three bills: Aid in Dying, Standardization of Oaths, and Patient’s Right to Know.

Aid in Dying – Has been introduced into the Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) for the last 4 years. In prior years the driving force behind Aid in Dying in Connecticut has been Compassion & Choices, an organization that has been lobbying for Aid in Dying laws in many states throughout the country. However, this year Compassion & Choices opted to redeploy their resources to other states rather than fight an uphill battle since the CGA moved closer to the right after the last election. Regardless the bill was introduced by Public Health Committee co-chair Representative Jonathan Steinberg. The SCCT legislative leads Sarah Hambrick and Hartford Area Humanists President Stan Greenberg had their work cut out for them. As of this writing it is unclear if the bill will move beyond the Public Health Committee.

Standardization of Oaths – SCCT legislative leads Dan Blinn and Luther Weeks almost got Standardization of Oaths introduced last year, but somehow the sponsor missed the deadline. With another year under their belts this bill was introduced by Senator Steve Cassano, had a great public hearing, and was voted by the Government Administration & Elections Committee to be drafted by a margin of 13 to 4. The ACLU of Connecticut offered testimony if favor of this bill. The bill itself is rather simple. Of all the Oaths in CT (e.g., for taking office, for jury duty, for becoming a notary public, etc.) most of them allow the oath taker to swear to god OR affirm under penalty of perjury as the case may be. However, there are a handful where you can only wear to god. This bill would require all of the oaths in CT to standardize on former case.

Patient’s Right to Know – Was brought to the SCCT’s attention in April of 2016 at the CARE Conference by Amanda Knief. Amanda, as our readers know, is the National Legal and Public Policy Director for American Atheists and was one of the conferences highlighted speakers. Most, if not all, of the conference attendees were surprised to learn that it is legal for health care providers to withhold standard treatments and services if they conflict with the provider’s “sincerely held beliefs.” For example, Doctors practicing at Catholic-owned hospitals have to follow the medical directives set forth by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops instead of established scientific and medical norms. The problem is these organizations do not disclose this to their patients. We find this this practice to be unacceptable, unethical, and dangerous. This bill would require religiously-affiliated medical providers to disclose this information to patients so that the patient can make informed decisions about where to seek care. Those in need of help should never have other’s religious beliefs imposed on them. The bill was introduced by the Public Health Committee, was cosponsored by Representative Joseph P. Gresko, and had a public hearing where most of the testimony was in favor. There has been no vote by the Public Health Committee as of this writing. SCCT legislative lead and President of the Humanists & Freethinkers of Fairfield County, Cary Shaw, has done the lion’s share of the heavy lifting to get this bill introduced and supported.

A bright spot during the planning and organizing of the day was the discovery that Representative Josh Elliott is an open agnostic atheist. After a few email conversations he quickly cosponsored all three of our bills. The SCCT looks forward to working with him and supporting him in the future.

The day itself was described as masterfully planned and a smashing success. The day kicked off in the Private Dining Room of the Legislative Office Building with a free continental breakfast where attendees to could mingle and get to know one another as well as interact with any of the State Legislators or Aides that were present. Former CT CoR co-chair and current chair of SCCT, Pat McCann, kicked off the day with some opening remarks about the nonreligious community in CT. Pat was followed by Luther Weeks (Oaths), Stan Greenberg (Aid in Dying), and Cary Shaw (Patient’s Right to Know) who gave brief and impactful comments on their bills.

After breakfast the 28 attendees made their way to the Old Judiciary Room of the Capitol Building, which would serve as the base of operations for the day. Amanda Knief, author of “The Citizen Lobbyist: A How-to Manual for Making Your Voice Heard in Government,” was on hand to train the attendees in how to successfully lobby their state legislators. After lunch the attendees filtered out throughout the building meeting with their legislators, discussing our issues, and leaving behind material that they could refer back to. Although not all legislators were keen on our bills, most everyone said that their legislators were open to listening.

The feedback on the day was very positive. People said the time off from work was well spent; they enjoyed interacting with their legislators and felt they learned a great deal about the legislative process.

We plan on sacrificing a few beers in the hopes that our bills make it into law and will update this article as things change.

Pat McCann. Breakfast reception. Secular Advocacy Day. March 14, 2017. Hartford, CT
Attendees. Breakfast reception. Secular Advocacy Day. March 14, 2017. Hartford, CT
Amanda Knief, training leader, addresses Secular Advocacy attendees during the lobbying training session in the ornate Old Judiciary Room of the Connecticut State Capitol Building. Secular Advocacy Day. March 14, 2017. Hartford, CT
Attendees during training session in the ornate Old Judiciary Room of the Connecticut State Capitol Building. Secular Advocacy Day. March 14, 2017. Hartford, CT
Klaus Kingstorf during training session in the ornate Old Judiciary Room of the Connecticut State Capitol Building. Secular Advocacy Day. March 14, 2017. Hartford, CT
L. Rebecca Williams, Meriden, CT, V.P. Hartford Area Humanists, R. Richard Lutz during training session in the ornate Old Judiciary Room of the Connecticut State Capitol Building. Secular Advocacy Day. March 14, 2017. Hartford, CT
Dan Blinn during lobbying training session in the ornate Old Judiciary Room of the Connecticut State Capitol Building. Secular Advocacy Day. March 14, 2017. Hartford, CT
Amanda Knief, training leader, during the lobbying training session in the ornate Old Judiciary Room of the Connecticut State Capitol Building. Secular Advocacy Day. March 14, 2017. Hartford, CT
Attendees during training session in the ornate Old Judiciary Room of the Connecticut State Capitol Building.
Secular Advocacy Day. March 14, 2017. Hartford, CT
Cary Shaw, Norwalk, CT, Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County presents advocacy information to Gaia McDermott, Legislative Aide With Senator Timothy Larson. They are posing in the Connecticut Legislative Office Building with the Connecticut State Capitol in the background. Secular Advocacy Day. March 14, 2017. Hartford, CT
L: Cary Shaw, Norwalk, CT, Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County; and Dennis Himes. Secular Advocacy Day. March 14, 2017. Hartford, CT
L. to R: Klaus Kingstorf, Cary Shaw, Norwalk, CT, Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County; Dennis Himes, Tanya Barrett, Enfield, CT, Connecticut Coalition of Reason; Andrew O’Connor, Legislative Aide to State Representative Greg Stokes, (R. 58th).Secular Advocacy Day. March 14, 2017. Hartford, CT
L. Tanya Barrett, Enfield, CT, Connecticut Coalition of Reason. R. Andrew O’Connor, Legislative Aide to State Representative Greg Stokes, (R. 58th).
Secular Advocacy Day. March 14, 2017. Hartford, CT

Godless Constituents Converge on Connecticut Capitol

Media Advisory


Connecticut’s 1st Secular Advocacy Day at the Legislative Office Building and the State Capitol.


Monday March 13 beginning at 9 am at the Legislative Office Building, Private Dining Room.  Remarks by Secular Coalition for Connecticut Chair Patrick McCann will occur at 9:30, followed by Coalition members Cary Shaw, Stan Greenberg, and Luther Weeks discussing the legislative bills supported by the Coalition. Any state representatives and senators (all are invited) who wish to say a few words are welcome to do so.


The Secular Coalition for Connecticut is a state chapter of the Secular Coalition for America. The purpose of the Secular Coalition for Connecticut is to amplify the voice of the non-theists community in our state.


The Coalition is sponsoring Secular Advocacy Day to allow secularists from around the State to learn issue advocacy and participate in the legislative process. The 1st Secular Advocacy Day will bring together Coalition members to urge their representatives and senators to support the Coalition’s endorsed bills currently pending in this 2017 legislative session:

  • SB-939, The Patient’s Right to Know Act
  • HB-6024, An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients
  • SB-740, An Act Concerning the Form of Oaths

Following the breakfast, members will attend a citizen’s lobbying training at the Capitol Building, and then fan out throughout the LOB and Capitol to meet their representatives and senators and urge their support for the bills.


For further information contact Secular Coalition for Connecticut Chair Patrick McCann at:  [email protected] or 860-704-9003.

Twitter: @SecularCT



US Senator and Representative Tag-Team Connecticut’s Darwin Day Dinner

The Southern Connecticut Darwin Day Committee seems to outdo itself every year. In this ninth year of Connecticut’s premier Darwin Day event, BOTH sponsors of the national Darwin Day resolutions were on hand to help celebrate Darwin, extol the virtues of science, and emphasize importance of scientific innovation to the country.

Representative Jim Himes (D-CT4) introduced H.Res.44 – Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2017, as “Darwin Day” and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity – to the US House of Representatives on January 11th of this year. Representative Himes’s resolution currently has 16 co-sponsors including Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT3) also from Connecticut. We are hoping that Connecticut’s full House delegation will also sign on. Representative Himes’s remarked that in these times, “fear of the unknown is understandable but must not prevail.” Representative Himes went on to remark about how critical science is to understanding the previously unknown and allaying fear.

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced S.Res.59 – A resolution expressing the support for the designation of February 12, 2017, as “Darwin Day” and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity – to the US Senate on February 10th of this year. Although, Senator Blumenthal’s resolution currently has no co-sponsors, we expect at least Connecticut’s other Senator, Chris Murphy, to become a co-sponsor like last year and hope that many more Senators sign on given the current Administration’s anti-science stance. Senator Blumenthal’s remarks focused on the many great advantages we have based on the achievements of science. “America is already great. It does not need to be made great again,” the Senator concluded.

Walter Jetz, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, and director of the new Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change, was the main speaker of the evening. His presentation, “Chasing birds with satellites — taking the pulse of the planet,” delighted the assembled crowd.

As in previous years in addition to the distinguished speakers the event also featured a cocktail hour, dinner, and a science quiz with “fabulous” prizes. And once again generous donors sponsored a number of high school students to attend (they come in handy during the science quiz;). The event this year was held at The Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien.

The Connecticut Coalition of Reason was a very proud cosponsor of the event again along with CT CoR member groups; the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism and the Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County. Other sponsors included: The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, the Bartlett Arboretum, Earthplace, The Wilton Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the Unitarian Church in Westport, and the Norwalk Public Schools Science Department.

Although this Southern Connecticut Darwin Day is the biggest in the state, it isn’t the only one. Elsewhere in Connecticut the Yale Humanist Community celebrates Darwin Day with a presentation by evolutionary biologist and astrobiologist Lynn Rothschild at 1:00pm on Sunday, Feb. 12. On Monday, Feb. 20 at 7:00pm The Humanist Association of Connecticut will be marking Darwin Day with a talk on “Darwin’s Ecological Experiment” at the Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden.

Last but not least – By now you might be thinking that Connecticut’s community and elected officials are enlightened, scientifically minded, and unafraid to acknowledge their scientific and non-religious communities. For the most part you would be correct. However, there is one official that keep Connecticut from making a historic Darwin Day trifecta and that is… you guessed it… Governor Dannel P. Malloy. For the fourth straight year the governor, who has proven himself to be progressive on so many other issues, has rejected our request for a statewide Darwin Day proclamation. Our recent Freedom of Information Act request for proclamation criteria has uncovered two pertinent facts. One is that there is no criteria to accept or reject a proclamation recognizing individuals in contrast to what his constituent services office stated to one of our members. The other pertinent fact is that the only criteria that appears to be relevant is the “use your best judgement” in guessing if the proclamation aligns with the governor’s views. Alas, we are nearly certain Governor Malloy has never seen any of our requests nor read any of our proclamations. Instead they are merely intercepted by a staffer who knows not what they do…

Representative Himes addresses the audience

John Levin, chair of the Southern Connecticut Darwin Day Committee, SCA Board of Director member, and Connecticut resident, introduces Senator Blumenthal

Senator Blumenthal addresses the audience

Professor Jetz wishing Charles Darwin a Happy Birthday

Generous to the CoRe! Detroit and Connecticut

Below are updates from Connecticut and Detroit CoRs doing good without a god in their communities!

Pat McCann
Connecticut Coalition of Reason

The table you see here is part of the Hartford Area Humanists’ holiday tradition. Every year for the past 4 years, Elisabeth Brown and I (CT CoR Co-chair and Hartford Area Humanist President) open our doors to the members of all of the CT CoR groups in Connecticut for a HumanLight Holiday celebration. The celebration usually falls on the Saturday before the Winter Solstice, however due to scheduling conflicts the event was moved to New Year’s Eve this year. As part of the HumanLight component there is always a topical themed reading.  Last year Chris Stedman, chaplain and Executive Director of the Yale Humanist Community, and Mary Johnson, author of An Unquenchable Thirst, performed a fantastic social justice themed reading. Guests attending are also asked to bring non-perishable donations for the Connecticut Food Bank and outdo themselves every year, as you can see from the photos.

Arthur Liebhaber
Humanists of Southeast Michigan—Cooperating Group of Detroit Coalition of Reason

Over 40 people attended the Humanists of Southeast Michigan’s 2nd annual Winter Solstice Party. Pizza and lots of other food and drink were served; even Santa Elvis entertained. A Tree of Knowledge was decorated with attendees’ favorite books.

Donations were accepted for Planned Parenthood of MI which received $120 from us!