• Dr. Lawrence Krauss: Winner of the 2016 Richard Dawkins Award

    Atheist Alliance of America and the Richard Dawkins Foundation of Science and Reason are pleased to announce Dr. Lawrence Krauss as the 2016 recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award.

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    Dr. Krauss was born in New York City, N.Y. but grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He received his undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics with full class honors at Calelton University in Ottawa, Canada. He was awarded his PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    “Dr. Krauss is not only a great theoretical physicist but he is also a passionate advocate of atheism and reason known throughout the world. Because of his remarkable ability to make a very complicated subject not so daunting, he engages many audiences easily and makes them want to learn more about the subject of physics and the laws surrounding the formation of our universe,” says Melissa Pugh, President of Atheist Alliance of America. She also says Krauss “is a light of reason in a world darkened by the excess of religion.”

    The Richard Dawkins Award is given each year to honor an outstanding atheist whose contributions raise public awareness of the nontheist life stance; who, through writings, media, the arts, film, and/or the stage, advocates increased scientific knowledge; who, through work or by example, teaches acceptance of the nontheist philosophy; and whose public postures mirrors the uncompromising nontheist life stance of Dr. Richard Dawkins. Previous recipients are James Randi, Ann Druyan, Penn and Teller, Julia Sweeney,  Daniel Dennett, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Bill Maher, Susan Jacoby, Christopher Hitchens, Eugenie Scott, Steven Pinker, Rebecca Goldstein and Jerry Coyne.

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  • National Collaborators

    We here at Atheist Alliance of America collaborate with many other national groups and would like to take this time to thank them for their help and support. The leadership of all atheist groups take the step to help other groups without any fear of competition. We fight this fight together:

     

    American Atheists-www.atheists.org

    American Humanist Association-americanhumanist.org

    Americans United-au.org

    Association of Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism-www.ammsb.org

    Atheist Alliance International-atheistalliance.org

    Black Non-Believers-www.blacknonbelievers.org

    Camp Quest-www.campquest.org

    Ex-Muslim Council of North America-www.exmna.org

    Freedom Beyond Belief-foundationbeyondbelief.org

    Freedom from Religion Foundation-www.ffrf.org

    Military Atheists and Freethinkers-militaryatheists.org

    The Richard Dawkins Foundation of Science and Reason-www.richarddawkins.net

    The Satanic Temple-http://thesatanictemple.com/

    Secular Coalition of America-www.secular.org

    Secular Student Alliance-www.secularstudents.org

    United Coalition of Reason-www.unitedcor.org

     

  • AAofA President Interviewed by United Coalition of Reason

  • Meet Our New Officers!

    Melissa Pugh

    President

    Melissa is a flight attendant, flying all over the world and making new friends along the way. She attended Georgia State University and majored in History. In her free time, she loves being an activist for AAofA and helping her constituents around the country. Her favorite book is “Why Evolution is True” by Jerry Coyne.

     

    Shawn Owen

    Vice President

    Shawn loves the work he does with AAofA but also loves traveling, reading and collecting fossil skulls of our Hominid ancestors. He has been to the Galapagos Islands and met Lonesome George the Tortoise before he died in 2012 at the ripe old age of over 1oo!

     

    Mark Gura

    Executive Director

    Mark has traveled the world extensively and done a lot of research on world religions and cultures. He is the Executive Director of The Association of Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism, http://www.ammsb.org, is a prominent speaker all over the country on the subject of Secular Meditation and has written three books, “Atheist Meditation, Atheist Spirituality”,  “Exploring Your Life” and “The Blind Faith Vaccine.”

  • Are YOU coming to the Reason Rally????

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    Who’s coming to the Reason Rally in D.C. in June??? WE ARE!!!! Please join us at the largest meeting of secular people in the world on the National Mall on June 4th, 2016. We’re all joining together to celebrate, listen to some amazing speakers and meet many new friends. The Rally is free and if you need hotel accommodations or a ride with a local Rally Bus, please visit http://reasonrally.org. Visit us at our table in the Merchant’s Tent and peruse a variety of items including books written by our 2016 recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award, Dr. Lawrence Krauss and former pastor Steven Uhl! Sign up soon for the Rally Bus because seating is limited!!!

  • Justin Scott: #AtheistVoter and Remembering the Iowa GOP Debate

  • Darwin Day: Skokie, Illinois 2016

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    I was lucky enough to visit a Darwin Day event on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Ethical and Humanist Society in Skokie, Illinois. My “date” for the evening was my board member, Steven Kierewicz. I was very happy to meet Tom Cara, the Chicago Chapter leader for the Freedom From Religion Foundation and Bill Zingrone, the Illinois Chapter leader for the Secular Coalition of America. Boy, did we have a great time! There was a huge crowd in the auditorium where Bill gave a short lecture on the life of Charles Darwin and afterwords showed the movie “Creation” which tells the story of Darwin, the death of his daughter, Annie, his relationship with his very devout wife, Emma and his writing of “On the Origin of Species.” It was a very poignant movie and showed a side of Charles Darwin most have never heard of. After the movie, we had a very enjoyable dinner, chatting, and seeing familiar faces (I’m calling you out, Frank Anderson!!!) from Atlanta among my friends at Black Non-Believers.

    Charles Darwin came to a very hard and heart-wrenching conclusion that his Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection was a firm fact in the scientific community. He came to this conclusion at middle age but began his adventure at the age of 22 with his voyage on the HMS Beagle captained by James FitzRoy. After his five year journey, he didn’t only bring a bit of evidence back. No, he brought trunks full and along with his friends from the Royal Society, Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley and Charles Lyell, they examined fossils of the Giant Sloth of Patagonia and a capybara the size of a rhinoceros! The famous ornithologist of the time, John Gould, pointed out to Darwin that many of the specimens of bird he brought back with him were not different kinds of birds, but different types of finches, adapted to the different islands of the Galapagos where they came from. That was the first, real, solid evidence that Darwin knew would be the cause of the most difficult time in his life; keeping peace in his home with his devoutly Christian wife whom he adored, or showing the world that he could prove that the story in Genesis was unsupported and man had evolved from animal. It took him 20 years but after a letter from Alfred Russell Wallace, who came to the same evolutionary opinions and the pushing of his esteemed friends, Darwin published “On the Origin of Species” in November of 1859.

    That book, along with “Decent of Man”, did not make Darwin very many friends during his time, but now, after the discovery of genetics and DNA, his theory is as true as Newton’s Theory of Gravity and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Although, many in the United States would disagree, to me he is a hero and a man born way before his time. MP

  • Atheist Alliance of America’s Annual Scholarship

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    Atheist Alliance of America and Secular Nation magazine are proud to announce the Second Annual AAACE (Atheist Alliance of America Championing Education) Scholarship of $500 for atheist students accepted to or currently enrolled in college, including graduate school.

    The scholarship is open to students who are residents of the U.S. or its territories, self-identify as atheists, agnostics, humanists, etc. and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application. They must also submit a 1000-1250 word essay which should reflect how atheism has had a positive influence on their lives and how they would like to help their local schools and communities, especially those fellow students, friends or neighbors afraid of “coming out”as a non-believer. One scholarship winner will be chosen and the winning essay will appear in the next edition of Secular Nation magazine.

    According to President Melissa Pugh, Atheist Alliance of America (AAofA) will provide the educational tools such as training in public speaking, promoting of atheism and of community-building programs for the student to use to organize their local schools and groups. “The grassroots program we have always had here at AAofA has been a tremendous help to newly formed organizations,” she says. “Now is the time to include these talented students in their local communities around the nation. We are hoping to find some untapped talent among college students to bring into the national spotlight.”

    Essays will be judged by a five person committee including the President, Vice President, Shawn Owen and Executive Director of AAofA, Mark Gura. All eligible applicants receive a complimentary one-year membership with AAofA, a $500 check, a one-year print subscription to Secular Nation and free registration to next year’s annual conference to be held in Las Vegas in October of 2017 where the winner will be announced. Applicants do not need to be present to win the award.

    For more information on the AAACE Scholarship, visit atheistallianceamerica.org/scholarship.

  • Winter 2015 Secular Nation is here and Spring 2016 is on its way!!!!

    The 2015 Winter edition of Secular Nation, the quarterly magazine of Atheist Alliance of America, is still available in print or emagazine.  Our central focus for this issue is the intersection of race, religion, and rationality.

    In the 2016 Spring edition of Secular Nation, we will focus on the upcoming Reason Rally with interviews with David Silverman and more, a look back at the 2012 Reason Rally including interviews from attendees, what to expect this year, speakers, lodging, transportation and more!! We also will be celebrating Darwin Day and visiting the Iowa GOP debates! Look for it in April 2016!

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  • Episode 14: Horus Gilgamesh, “Awkward Moments Children’s Bible”

    In anticipation of the upcoming AAA Convention in Seattle on August 7-10, Michael X interviews Horus Gilgamesh, author of the Awkward Moments (not found in your average) Children’s Bible, Volume 1.

    Conference attendees will be able to pick up a copy of Volume 2, so sign up now!  If you join by July 16 and reserve a minimum of two nights, you will get a FREE second night!

    (To claim your free second night, you need to register for the convention and reserve a minimum of 2 nights at the hotel by 7/16 and mail confirmation of both to hotel@atheistallianceamerica.org.)