April Open Meeting

April 3, 2013 KCAC invited dues-paying members to an open board meeting.

KCAC holds monthly board meetings to plan and organize events. To provide greater transparency, increase the opportunity for member feedback on past events and solicit ideas for future events, we will hold open board meetings every other month for dues-paying members.

 

Ask an Atheist at the St. Pat’s Parade

March 17, 2013 the Kansas City Atheist Coalition held an “Ask an Atheist” event on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Westport Road one block away from the Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade route.

Unfortunately, KCAC was denied entry into the parade out of “respect for the legacy of St. Patrick”, according to the parade committee’s official statement.

Despite being banned from the parade, KCAC still managed to join in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. We had a blast at our “Ask an Atheist” event where we held signs and made ourselves available to answer questions from the public about being an atheist while also bringing attention to the parade organizers’ discriminatory actions.

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Check out the press KCAC has received due to being denied participation in the parade.

KCTV 5

KMBC-TV 9

Fox 4

41 Action News

The Buzz 96.5 fm The Church of Lazlo

KCUR 89.3 fm

KMBZ 98.1 fm Valery KMBZ News

Kansas City Star

Friendly Atheist Blog

What Would JT Do? Blog

Reddit

Kansas City St. Pat’s Parade

Kansas City Atheist Coalition

Kansas City Atheist COalition Denied Entry into Community St. Pat's Parade

 

The Kansas City Atheist Coalition was denied participation in the Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade this week because, according to the Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee’s official statement, “Kansas City’s parade celebrates the Feast Day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, and the Christian teachings and beliefs that he lived and suffered for. [ . . .] It was with respect for the legacy of St. Patrick that the parade committee turned down the Atheist Coalition’s application to participate in this year’s procession.”

 

The parade website, however, specifies that parade events are “open to all, Irish or not, Catholic or not.”

 

Participants in last year’s parade included the Kansas City Sheltie Rescue, an animal-rescue group; The Renaissance Festival; Bob Hamilton Plumbing; and Pepsi Beverage, all secular organizations.

 

“There have been and are multiple organizations participating in the parade who do not explicitly line up with Catholic beliefs — the International House of Prayer and K-Love Radio being prime examples in the past,” said Sarah Hargreaves, president of the Kansas City Atheist Coalition. “The fact that religious alignment with Catholicism has not been a criteria in the past seems discordant with this sudden new requirement.”

 

Josh Hyde, KCAC’s vice president, said that while the atheist group recognizes the importance of a private organization being able to set the rules for its own events, “It’s unfortunate that something that is so publicly perceived as a community event would choose to exclude members of the community for the simple fact that they have no religious belief.”

 

“We just want to be treated the same as everyone else,” Hargreaves added. “As active and contributing members to the Kansas City community — through support of local community programs such as Harvesters, Kansas City AIDS Walk and Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association — we feel we’ve earned a place alongside our fellow community members to show our pride in Kansas City.”

 

“Year after year the parade has included secular traditions of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, such as shamrocks, leprechauns and drinking green beer. I think it is pretty clear, the parade committee now claims the parade is a deeply Catholic event only as a justification and rationalization of their patent religious discrimination against atheists,” commented Lindsey Burns, a member of the Kansas City Atheist Coalition.

 

KMBC Interview with Josh Hyde

 

Fox 4 Story

 

Press Release

 

Evolution: The Fossil Evidence

March 8, 2013 the Provocateurs and Peacemakers hosted paleontologist Keith Miller, Ph.D., of Kansas State University, to present and lead a discussion on “The Overwhelming Fossil Evidence for Evolution and Why People Don’t See It” at Perkins restaurant in Overland Park.

After the presentation, we met for more conversation at The Green Mill across the street.
In Professor Miller’s words:

The fossil record overwhelmingly confirms the expectations of the branching model of the evolutionary history of life. The observed patterns of anatomical change in the fossil record, the abundant presence of transitional forms, the geographic distribution of fossils and the repeated confirmation of evolutionary predictions all provide great confidence in the evolutionary tree of life.

However, many people will not be convinced by the fossil evidence alone because of prior false views of evolution and science in general. Commonly held erroneous views that create obstacles to accepting evolution include: 1) that the fossil record shows discontinuity rather than evolutionary continuity between different taxonomic groups, 2) that the expected temporal pattern of evolution is linear and ladder-like, 3) that evolutionary hypotheses are not subject to scientific test, and 4) that the evolutionary model can be overturned by a single observation. These views negatively impact the understanding of paleontology and the history of life in a number of ways, and must be specifically addressed when presenting the fossil evidence.

Keith Miller received his master’s degree in geology from the University of New York at Binghamton in 1982 and his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Rochester in 1988.  Miller came to K-State as a postdoctoral research associate in 1990 and was promoted to research assistant professor in 1995. He is a co-author with Ronald West and Lynn Watney of The Permian System in Kansas, a new comprehensive summary of Permian geology published by the Kansas Geological Survey. He frequently teaches classes on natural disasters, and he originated a course on dinosaurs. He is also particularly interested in issues in science education and fundamentalist opposition to evolution, and he served as editor of a book on the subject.

Equal Love Worth Fighting For

Feb. 23, 2013 KCAC peacefully protested Kirk Cameron and his religion-rooted bigotry against the LGBT community and women’s reproductive rights. Cameron led a seminar at the First Baptist Church of Raytown titled “Love Worth Fighting For.” KCAC and the Kansas Equality Coalition advocated for “Equal Love Worth Fighting For.”

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Among the public statements that Cameron has made about gays and reproductive rights are the following:

1) In a CNN interview with Piers Morgan, Cameron stated, “Homosexuality is unnatural, detrimental and ultimately destructive to foundations of civilization.” See video HERE.

2) In the same interview, Cameron stated that abortion is “wrong under any circumstances” and that “someone who is ultimately willing to murder a child even to fix another tragic and devastating situation like rape or incest … is not taking the moral high road. I think that we are compounding the problem by also murdering a little child.” See video HERE.

3) Cameron’s “Living Waters” ministry website states that homosexuality is a self-destructive lifestyle equal to that of pedophilia, adultery, alcoholism or drug addiction.

“Homosexuals argue that they did not make a conscious decision to be that way, so it must be natural. They are born that way — just as all of us are born with a sin nature and sinful desires (Ephesians 2:1– ). Tell them that it is natural for them, and for all of us, to be tempted to do things that God says are wrong. In the same way, pedophiles and adulterers (alcoholics, drug addicts, etc.) don’t make a conscious decision to “choose” that self-destructive lifestyle, they simply give in to their sinful desires.However, although sin is natural for unbelievers, that doesn’t mean God wants them to remain that way. God can set them free from their sinful nature (Romans 7:23–8:2), give them new desires (Ephesians 4:22–24), and help them withstand temptations (1 Corinthians 10:13). See 1 Corinthians 6:9– 1 footnote.” See quote on website HERE.

Darwin Day 2013

Feb. 16, 2013 KCAC celebrated Charles Darwin’s birthday with food and friends. At Josh Hyde’s place we watched the films “Creation” and “Evolution,” enjoyed many sweet treats and generally monkeyed around.

 

Helping Harvesters 2013

Feb. 2, 2013 KCAC volunteered with Harvesters Community Food Network, the largest food network in Kansas City, to help address food insecurity in our community.

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Members Only Movie Night

July 28, 2012 KCAC turned 1 year old! To celebrate a fantastic first year KCAC held a Members-Only Movie Night at Darrel Ray’s. We viewedThe Invention of Lying written, directed and starring Ricky Gervais, enjoyed popcorn and homemade baked goods while socializing with fellow atheists. KCAC also unveiled our new 2013 T-shirts at this event.

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