Humanist Community Gathering: Are You An Atheist? Then America Needs You to Say So

Humanist Community Gathering: Are You An Atheist? Then America Needs You to Say So

October 21, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

First Unitarian Society

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This month HumanistsMN welcomes Kate Cohen to our Community Gathering. She is a Washington Post contributing columnist and author of the forthcoming book We of Little Faith: Why I Stopped Pretending to Believe (and Maybe You Should Too).

Even though a growing number of Americans don’t believe in a god, many remain reluctant to say so out loud. Kate will discuss why it is both rewarding for nonbelievers to announce themselves and crucial to our country’s future as we fight the growing power of the Christian right.

All are welcome! Childcare is available upon request by October 17 at Join us at 3 p.m. for our featured presentation, followed by Q & A. At 4:30 we’ll break for socializing over nibbles and drinks.

Kate Cohen writes columns for the Washington Post that regularly support the separation of religion and government. Recent ones include: “Taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for religious schools” and “In America, you have to opt out of religion in public life. That’s backward.”

She is set to receive a Freethought Heroine Award at the October Freedom from Religion Foundation convention for columns that expose “America’s reflexive deference to religion and its effect on education, health care and human rights.”

In We of Little Faith, Kate describes the joys and challenges of her own decision to fully embrace atheism and investigates religion’s appeal to explain the ways we can thrive without it. She urges other nonbelievers to speak up to help change the American cultural conversation.

She will sign copies of the book during the social hour.

Kate is also an essayist, writer of documentary scripts, and author of A Walk Down the Aisle: Notes on a Modern Wedding and The Neppi Modona Diaries: Reading Jewish Survival Through My Italian Family.

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