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    Join us for the 2014 Bat Cruise

The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, September 27, 2014, 6-8pm.

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Richard Carrier and Chris Johnson to Lecture Before Bat Cruise

As part of our Bat Cruise weekend, authors Richard Carrier and Chris Johnson will give talks, Saturday, September 27th at 1:15 pm.

    Posted July 17, 2014

    PZ Myers to Lecture Before Bat Cruise

As part of our Bat Cruise weekend, biology professor and blogger PZ Myers will talk on bat evolution, Sunday, September 28th at 3pm.

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Join us for the 2013 Bat Cruise

The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, September 28, 2013, 6-8pm.

    Posted June 16, 2013

    Election Meeting and Open House, May 5th

ACA will host its annual election meeting at our new library building, May 5th. An open house will follow.

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Freethinkers of Central Texas honors Matt Dillahunty

ACA members are invited to the December 15, 2012 awards banquet.

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Join us for the 2012 Bat Cruise

The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, September 22, 2012, 6-8pm.

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Atheist Experience wins Best of Austin Award--Again

Atheist Experience was awarded the "Best Public Access TV Show" in the 2011 Austin Chronicle Best of Austin Awards

    Posted October 18, 2011

    Join us for the 2011 Bat Cruise

The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, October 1, 2011, 6-8pm.

    Posted June 18, 2011

    ACA to host National Day of Reason Event May 5th

Come down to the Capitol to rally for reason.

    Posted April 18, 2011

    ACA Hosts Weekly Billiards Event

ACA hosts billiards event at Slick Willy's in South Austin every Monday.

    Posted April 11, 2011

    ACA hosts SCA's Sean Faircloth

ACA and the University of Texas Secular Student Society will host Sean Faircloth for a lecture, Saturday, December 4th.

    Posted December 2, 2010

    Atheist Experience wins Best of Austin Award

Atheist Experience was awarded the "Best Public Access TV Show" in the 2010 Austin Chronicle Best of Austin Awards

    Posted September 20, 2010

    2010 Voters' Guide

The ACA is will produce a voters' guide for the 2010 election

    Posted September 6, 2010

    Several Extra Bat Cruise Events Planned

Join the ACA gang for four events on the day of the Bat Cruise, Saturday, September 25th.

    Posted July 31, 2010

    Austin Coalition of Reason Launches Billboard Campaign

The newly formed Austin Coalition of Reason launches a billboard campaign to rally the troops in Austin.

    Posted June 26, 2010

    Join us for the 2010 Bat Cruise

The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, September 25, 2010, 6-8pm.

    Posted May 12, 2010

    2010-2011 ACA Board Elected

On May 2, 2010, ACA members elected the next ACA Board of Directors.

    Posted May 2, 2010

    Textbook Rally slated for May 16th

ACA will participate in the textbook rally on the Texas State Capitol steps, May 16th, 11am-2pm.

    Posted April 14, 2010 (Article off site)

    ACA Pub Crawl Slated for March 20th

Join the 2010 ACA Pub Crawl and don't forget to order your Pub Crawl t-shirt.

    Posted February 26, 2010

    Do prisoners have access to non-religious books?

ACA member Manuel Serratos is collecting science and freethought books for prisoners.

    Posted February 17, 2010

    CFI/ACA Saturnalia Party

Members of CFI Austin and ACA will have a joint Saturnalia party, December 19, 2009.

    Posted December 16, 2009

    Dan Barker to speak at UT

FFRF co-founder Dan Barker will be giving a lecture at UT on Monday, November 16, 2009, 6:30pm on the UT campus.

    Posted November 11, 2009

    Author Victor Stenger to give lecture October 29th.

Best selling atheist author Victor Stenger will be giving a lecture on October 29th. The lecture is titled, "The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason".

    Posted October 16, 2009

    Sean Faircloth speaks on September 19th

Sean Faircloth of the Secular Coalition for America will speak on September 19th, 6:30pm

    Posted September 7, 2009

    Bat Cruise Events

We will be having a number of events surrounding the September 26th Bat Cruise

    Posted August 9, 2009

    Join us for the 2009 Bat Cruise

The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, September 26, 2009, 6-8pm.

    Posted June 12, 2009

    ACA to participate in Austin Pride

ACA will have a booth again in the Austin Pride festival on Saturday, June 6.

    Posted May 10, 2009

    2009-2010 ACA Board Elected

The 2009-2010 ACA Board was elected on May 3, 2009.

    Posted May 3, 2009

    ACA Board Election May 3rd

ACA Members will meet on May 3rd to elect the new President, Vice President, and Board of Directors. Please plan on participating.

    Posted April 12, 2009

    ACA to Start Canned Food Drive

The ACA will collect non-perishable food items for the Capitol Area Food Bank

    Posted December 20, 2008

    Winter Solstice Party Planned

Mike will again host the ACA Winter Solstice Party on December 20th January 2nd starting at 7pm.

    Posted November 13, 2008

    Texas SBOE to review TEKS standards

The Texas State Board of Education is in the process of reviewing the science curriculum standards.

    Posted November 11, 2008

    2008 Hell House Trip Planned

A group outing to the Cedar Hill Hell House is planned for October 25th.

    Posted October 13, 2008

    2008 Voters' Guide

The ACA is producing a voters' guide for the 2008 general election.

    Posted September 20, 2008

    San Antionio Zoo outing planned

The ACA will have an outing to the San Antonio Zoo on Saturday, September 27th

    Posted August 10, 2008

    ACA to have community garage sale

Lisa and Mike are organizing a garage sale to benefit the ACA, on Saturday, September 6th.

    Posted July 20, 2008

    Peter Pan Mini-Golf Outing Slated

We'll be going to Peter Pan Mini-Golf on August 15th.

    Posted July 14, 2008

    Join us for the 2008 Bat Cruise

The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, September 20, 2008, 6-8pm.

    Posted May 20, 2008

    Summer Solstice Party to be June 21st

Mike will host a Summer Solstice Party at his house on June 21st, 5pm-1am.

    Posted May 11, 2008

    ACA to have booth at 2008 Pride Festival

ACA will have a booth at the 2008 Gay & Lesbian Pride Festival, June 14th at Auditorium Shores.

    Posted May 11, 2008

    ACA to host National Day of Reason Rally

The ACA will have a Rally, May 1, 2008 at the Capitol to promote reason and church-state separation.

    Posted April 30, 2008

    ACA Pub Crawl will be March 7th

ACA members will participate in a pub crawl on March 7th, starting at the Dog & Duck Pub.

    Posted February 11, 2008

    Texas Education Agency is "Neutral" on Pseudoscience?

ACA's response to Texas Education Agency's apparent policy of neutrality to Intelligent Design

    Posted December 13, 2007

    Mike to host ACA Winter Solstice Party

The 2007 Winter Solstice Party, December 15th, will be at Mike's house again this year.

    Posted November 2, 2007

    ACA Members Going to Hell

ACA members will be going in a caravan to Cedar Hill, Texas (near Dallas) to tour the famous Hell House there.

    Posted October 22, 2007

    Join us for the 2007 Bat Cruise

The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, September 22, 2007, 6-8pm.

    Posted July 18, 2007

    AAI Convention will be September 2007

The Atheist Alliance convention will be a fantastic event with loads of big-name speakers. Consider making your reservation soon.

    Posted June 21, 2007

    Schlitterbahn Trip Planned

Get your toes wet with other ACA folks at the planned July 28th outing.

    Posted June 16, 2007

    ACA to have booth at the Pride Festival

ACA will have a booth at the Gay & Lesbian Pride Festival, June 9, 2007.

    Posted May 30, 2007

    Mike to host monthly movie night

Mike will host a monthly ACA movie night at his home.

    Posted May 26, 2007

    CFI invites ACA to monthly games nights

CFI Austin and ACA has a joint games night on the second Wednesday of every month

    Posted May 26, 2007

    ACA to begin monthly bowling night

Bowling night will be on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 300 Austin

    Posted May 26, 2007

    ACA to begin monthly billiards night

ACA will have a monthly billiards night every 4th Wednesday at the Side Pocket

    Posted May 26, 2007

    New ACA Board Elected

A new ACA board was elected on May 6th.

    Posted May 7, 2007

    Jeff Dee honored at May 6th Election meeting

Founding ACA member Jeff Dee was honored at the election meeting, May 6th, 2007 for his many contributions to the ACA.

    Posted May 7, 2007

    Dr. Howard Miller to give a talk on unbelief at UT

UT historian G. Howard Miller will give a talk at UT April 16th titled "Belief and Unbelief in George Bush's America."

    Posted April 13, 2007

    ACA will hold a free speech demonstration for National Day of Reason

ACA will be at the Capitol on May 3rd for a National Day of Reason demonstration

    Posted April 5, 2007

    ACA is now on MySpace

Thanks to the efforts of some ACA members, we now have a presence on MySpace.

    Posted March 28, 2007

    ACA Happy Hour moving in April

ACA Happy Hour will move to the Dog & Duck Pub starting April 5th.

    Posted March 27, 2007

    ACA President Matt Dillahunty featured in the Statesman

Our own Matt Dillahunty was featured in the Austin American Statesman, Sunday March 18th, 2007.

    Posted March 19, 2007

    Atheists Respond to the National Day of Prayer

What are some of the things that atheists are doing in response to the National Day of Prayer?

    Posted March 13, 2007

    ACA Movie Night Resumes April 11th

Mike will host an ACA Movie Night at his home, Wednesday, April 11th.

    Posted March 2, 2007

    ACA Spring Party will be Saturday, March 24th

The ACA "Vernal Equinox" party will be on Saturday, March 24th, starting at 6pm

    Posted February 19, 2007

    Renew your ACA membership, March 1st

March 1st is membership renewal time. Only current members can vote in the upcoming ACA board elections.

    Posted February 12, 2007

    CFI Austin to Host a Darwin Day Presentation

CFI Austin will host a Darwin Day presentation at Book People, February 10, 2:00-4:00pm upstairs. ACA members are invited.

    Posted January 30, 2007 (Article off site)

    Atheist Experience now playing via the Internet

Episodes of the Atheist Experience TV show are now available on the Internet. We are hoping to expand our reach to new people.

    Posted January 23, 2007

    ACA Adopts a Street

The ACA has adopted a street in North Austin. We'll do some community service in exchange for some visibility.

    Posted January 23, 2007

    Special Birthday Meeting February 11th

We will be celebrating the 10th birthday of the ACA at the February 11th regular meeting at Ventana del Soul.

    Posted January 14, 2007

    ACA to begin meeting at Ventana del Soul, February 2007

Starting February 2007, ACA will have its regular (non-lecture) Sunday meetings at Ventana del Soul.

    Posted December 10, 2006

    Atheism responsible for mass murder?

A recent opinion piece at the Christian Science Monitor claims that atheism is the real force behind history's mass murders...

    Posted November 29, 2006

    ACA Winter Solstice Party on December 16th

Come celebrate the rotation of the planet (and the end of the year) at the ACA Winter Solstice Party

    Posted November 1, 2006

    Do youth ministers indoctrinate kids?

Several events and news articles this week seem to say that this is a good question to ask. It doesn't ever seem to get an answer, though.

    Posted October 11, 2006

    Baylor religion study biased

The Baylor University religion study is loaded with problems, for non-believers, non-Christians, but most especially believers in a monotheistic "God".

    Posted October 4, 2006

    Exchange student - Home found!

I just received word that the exchange student has found a new sponsor, but we might still be involved...

    Posted September 22, 2006

    URGENT - Need atheist host for exchange student (Updated)

An atheist exchange student from Moldova is currently placed in a fundamentalist Christian home and wants out - can you help?

    Posted September 19, 2006

    November 12th ACA Meeting at Ventana del Soul

Our November 12th ACA meeting will be at the community center Ventana del Soul

    Posted September 19, 2006

    Participate in the ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise

The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, September 23, 2006, 6-8pm.

    Posted July 30, 2006

    "Under God" bill threatens judicial independence

The House of Representatives recently passed the "Pledge Protection Act" (HR 2389) which attempts to prevent federal courts from hearing cases that question the Constitutional validity of the Pledge of Allegiance.

    Posted July 20, 2006

    Host international exchange students!

SHARE! is seeking interested, atheist/agnostic, families (with or without children) to host atheist/agnostic exchange students from Western Europe.

    Posted July 13, 2006

    ACA at the Pride Festival

ACA had a booth at the Austin Gay & Lesbian Pride Festival on June 10th. Check out the scrapbook entry for the event.

    Posted June 11, 2006 (Article off site)

    Give the gift of life at the ACA Blood Drive

Every 8 weeks, ACA members participate in a blood drive as a community service.

    Posted May 15, 2006

    ACA is making an impact on the world

The ACA is making an impact on the world through its TV, Internet Radio, and print media efforts.

    Posted May 14, 2006

    2006 ACA Board Elected

On May 7th, the ACA Elected its 2006 board. Please congratulate the new board members and give them your feedback on how you'd like to see the group change.

    Posted May 9, 2006

    NDOP Protest recap

Our NDOP protest was a success. We recount highlights from the event.

    Posted May 9, 2006

    ACA Press Release on NDOP protest

Announcing the ACA protest at the State Capitol, May 4, 2006

    Posted May 1, 2006

    Muhammad comics scandal challenges concepts of free speech

ACA writer Matt Dillahunty comments on the Muhammad comics scandal that broke this February.

    Posted February 8, 2006

    Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District Decision a Major Blow for ID

The ACA applauds the Kitzmiller decision this week in Dover Pennsylvania. Within this strong and comprehensive ruling, ID is unmasked as religion. The ID movement has been dealt a hefty blow.

    Posted December 22, 2005

    ACA Press Release on Harris County Bible Display Appeal

ACA has issued a press release concerning the upcoming hearing of Harris County's appeal to the Star of Hope Bible Display. Kay Staley spoke at the Texas Atheist and Agnositcs Conference in 2004.

    Posted December 5, 2005

    Constitutional Ban on Same-sex Marriage Passes

Religious persecution reigns as Christian conservatives use their might to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage in Texas.

    Posted November 8, 2005

    We Always Knew Religion Wasn't a Good Thing

A recent study (October 2005) published in the Journal of Religion and Society compares religious belief and various measurable social ills in various countries. The study found that religious belief is correlated with a number of social ills including higher abortion and teen pregnancy rates, higher homicide and suicide rates, higher child mortality, and lower life expectancy. This is a study about correlations and the author calls for additional research to determine causality. We think that additional research will provide solid evidence of causality. In the mean time, the theists have a lot of explaining to do.

    Posted October 10, 2005 (Article off site)

    ACA Kicks Off Katrina Relief Fund

The Atheist Community of Austin is now accepting donations that will be passed along to disaster relief organizations such as the Red Cross.

    Posted September 5, 2005

    New Board elected

We held our annual election on May 1 to vote on our new officers and directors, as well as whether or not to affiliate ourselves with various national organizations.

    Posted May 2, 2005

    Atheists Dig Deep to Help Tsunami Victims

Since December 26, all of us have been bombarded by news and pictures of one of the worst natural disasters in modern history. The death toll from the Boxing Day tsunami continues to rise, and aid organizations are scrambling to get resources into place for what will be a prolonged and expensive recovery effort.

    Posted January 4, 2005

    On 'Moral Values,' It's Blue in a Landslide

In The New York Times, columnist Frank Rich explains why secular values still could be winning the culture war.

    Posted November 14, 2004 (Article off site)

    Deadline Hollywood: The Gospel Hours

In The LA Weekly, columnist Nikki Finke writes, "Here’s our prediction of how current [television] series, midseason replacements and next fall’s pilots will more 'accurately' reflect the supposed religious and right-wing mood of America. God help us."

    Posted November 11, 2004 (Article off site)

    What's Next for the Reality-Based Community? Fundamentalists score major victories, but where does that leave the rest of us?

Over the past few years, Mynga Futrell and Paul Geisert, with the assistance of such prominent thinkers as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, have been calling on atheists to identify themselves as brights, but it never has caught on nearly as much as its proponents had hoped. But in just the past few weeks, another term has achieved far more popular circulation, "the reality-based community."

    Posted November 5, 2004

    The Day the Enlightenment Went Out

In The New York Times, historian Garry Wills explains how the rise of religious fundamentalism in this country threatens the Enlightenment values on which the United States was founded.

    Posted November 4, 2004 (Article off site)

    Freethinkers Commemorative Ceremony in Comfort, Texas

On Sunday, November 7, at 11:30 am, the Freethinkers Association of Central Texas (FACT), based in San Antonio, is inviting the public to the city of Comfort for the Third Anniversary Freethinker Cenotaph Commemorative Ceremony of the German Freethinkers, who founded the town in 1854.

    Posted November 1, 2004

    Without a Doubt

In The New York Times Magazine, Ron Suskind examines the role of religion in shaping national and international policy. "Faith heals the heart and the spirit," he writes, "but it doesn't do much for analytical skills."

    Posted October 21, 2004 (Article off site)

    From the Streets to the Supreme Court

In The Houston Chronicle, Polly Ross Hughes reports on Thomas Van Orden's Ten Commandments lawsuit, which Constitutional legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky will argue before the US Supreme Court early next year. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will defend the monument.

    Posted October 15, 2004 (Article off site)

    2004 TAAC Showcases Both Workshops and Excitement: Newdow, Van Orden featured

Convening the weekend of Friday, October 8, through Sunday, October 10, the 2004 Texas Atheist and Agnostic Conference, hosted by the Atheist Community of Austin at the Holiday Inn-Town Lake, was widely viewed by attendees as a rousing success.

    Posted October 10, 2004

    Atheists on KOOP Radio: Michael Newdow talks with Allan Campbell, Tuesday, 2:00-3:00 pm

On 91.7 FM and also live on the web, KOOP Radio featured attorney Michael Newdow, best known for the Pledge case that went to the US Supreme Court, in an interview with Allan Campbell, Tuesday, October 5, from 2 to 3 pm.

    Posted October 5, 2004

    Health Textbook Hearings, Round Two: Fundamentalists strike back

Wednesday, September 8, was this year's second and last public hearing on the health textbooks by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE). One can visit the Texas Education Agency's website for a transcript. The Texas State Board is scheduled to vote on the textbooks on Friday, November 5.

    Posted September 8, 2004

    Texas Faith and Freedom

In a web-only interview for The Austin Chronicle, Rachel Proctor May talks with Samantha Smoot, outgoing executive director of the Texas Freedom Network, a leading group opposing the religious right in the state.

    Posted August 6, 2004 (Article off site)

    Condom Wars: New guidelines gut HIV prevention—and endanger young people’s lives

In The LA Weekly, Doug Ireland examines the new federal guidelines that disparage the effectiveness of condoms in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

    Posted August 6, 2004 (Article off site)

    Follow the Money

In The Nation, Esther Kaplan explains how the Christian right has become the recipient of federal dollars while its critics suffer federal budget cuts, audits, prosecutions, and investigations for obscenity.

    Posted August 6, 2004 (Article off site)

    Sex Education, Lies and Textbooks: Health educators, medical experts and others testify in protest

Wednesday, July 14, was this year's first public hearing on the health textbooks by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE). One can visit the Texas Education Agency's website for a transcript. The Texas State Board is scheduled to vote on the textbooks on Friday, November 5.

    Posted July 14, 2004

    Stonewall 35: ACA screens the film Myra Breckinridge at MonkeyWrench Books

On Friday, June 25, the Atheist Community of Austin returned to MonkeyWrench Books to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, historically seen as the beginning of the modern gay movement, when drag queens and their supporters resisted a police raid of a gay bar in Greenwich Village known as the Stonewall Inn for two consecutive nights, June 27-28, 1969.

    Posted June 25, 2004

    One Nation Indivisible? The Supreme Court okays 'under God' in pledge for now

On Monday, June 14, in the caseElk Grove Unified School District v. Michael Newdow, the US Supreme Court has allowed the phrase "under God," which Congress inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance fifty years ago, to stand for the time being. The Atheist Community of Austin co-filed an amicus brief on behalf of Michael Newdow, a fellow atheist whose challenge to the theistic reference was upheld by a lower court.

    Posted June 14, 2004

    ACA at the Texas Pride Festival

On the first Sunday of every June, the Atheist Community of Austin has a booth at the Texas Pride Festival, sponsored by the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas as part of its Texas Pride Weekend.

    Posted June 6, 2004

    Keep Religion Out of Civil Marriage

We, the Board of Directors of the Atheist Community of Austin, resolve to condemn the interference of religious beliefs in the question of same-sex marriage. We are unaware of any compelling secular arguments against same-sex marriage, and in accordance with the principle of separation between church and state, no citizen may be denied any right because of the religious beliefs of others.

    Posted March 8, 2004

    Texas textbook vote ruffles religious activists

The Associated Press reports on the preliminary 11-4 vote by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) on Thursday, November 6, 2003, to approve the biology textbooks.

    Posted January 16, 2004 (Article off site)

    In Defense of Planned Parenthood

The Board of Directors of the Atheist Community of Austin voted on December 14th to oppose the efforts of groups that try to impose the restrictions of their religious beliefs on the health care of the general population of Austin. Specifically, the Board addressed boycott threats made by a religious coalition led by the Texas Contractors and Suppliers for Life against companies involved in the construction of a Planned Parenthood facility in Austin known as The Choice Project.

    Posted January 6, 2004

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