Last Supper Dinner Club

  • When: Thursday, August 06, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
  • Martin Wine Cellar, 3827 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA view map

If you haven't tried their new location Uptown, now is the time! It is really beautiful and spacious. They also have an ample parking lot. If you wander off to do some shopping, we won't hold it against you!

As a courtesy to the other attendees and the restaurant, please be sure that your RSVP is accurate especially the afternoon of the event!


NOSHA's Annual Discussion Meeting

  • When: Saturday, August 15, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
  • Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

At least once a year NOSHA organizes our popular discussion meeting where attendees can talk about topics and express their opinions and beliefs, relay personal experience and connect intellectually.

Our topics will include: How do you handle “Woo” experiences and the people in your life who insist on discussing angels, crystals or the like? Woo is defined as “...the way a person is when they uncritically believe unsubstantiated or unfounded ideas. Short for ‘woo woo’”. Tell us about your most memorable interactions and how you handle it.

The second topic was recently discussed by the Baton Rouge Freethinkers group: Are we obligated to help those around us? If so, how far does your circle extend and why?  Family only? Your neighborhood or favorite organization? Day-in, day-out? Only after a natural disaster? From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs?  Do you give to panhandlers? Bring all philosophies!

See Calendar for more information.


Citywide Day of Service -- Katrina 10

  • When: Saturday, August 29, 2015 @ 8:00 am
  • Many locations around Orleans Parish, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA view map

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City of New Orleans, with support from Walmart, will celebrate this collective impact by supporting volunteer activities from August 22 to August 29 and meeting a goal of engaging over 10,000 volunteers over seven days.

On Saturday, August 29, the Mayor will host one of the most comprehensive and unique service projects in the country. The Citywide Day of Service will engage thousands of volunteers and focus service on seven specific regions of the City. Volunteers will support over 100 individual projects. This event is open to volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience.

You can sign up for the specific project that works best for you and where your live here:     You can read about each specific activity and sign up at this link.


The Interview of the Summer: The Benjamin-Robinsons!

On the Monday following the Friday the Supreme Court handed down its decision removing legal restrictions against same-sex marriage, Earl Nupsius Benjamin and Michael Robinson exercised their newly-sanctioned right, and became the Benjamin-Robinsons, the first such couple to marry in Louisiana. During the process of getting the license and completing the nuptials, the pair had become the face of the new reality that swept gender restrictions on marriage from Louisianaand twelve other states that had resisted change.

They appeared in local and regional news coverage from Friday through Monday, and were interviewed on CNN’s New Day Sunday Morning. They were unable to get the license in Orleans Parish Friday, probably due more to bureaucratic bumbling than theocratic finagling or other conscious opposition. On Monday they were advised that licenses would begin being issued that day in neighboring Jefferson Parish, and the beginning of the end of their fourteen-year struggle for fairness was at hand.

This interview was completed in two sessions, the first part was done in person, and the second by telephone.

Marty Banks How did the time pass from Friday until Monday—was it more like an eternity or an eye blink?

For me, yeah it did go quickly, but that is only because there was so much going on. There were people calling and emailing and texting and congratulating. We were on the phone with people and we were talking with the Forum for Equality because we knew they were doing things behind the scenes as far as working with lawyers, strategizing. They asked how far we would be willing to drive to get this marriage license, and we were like wher-ev-er. So we knew they were getting things in place and it kept us excited and anxious—they seemed to be convinced we could get this straightened out before this week was over. So that gave us a lot of hope, so yeah, it didn’t seem like time was going by at a snail’s pace.

I also had a paper that was due, so I contacted my professor to let him know that “hey, there was not going to be any way I was going to turn this in today.” He gave me an extension until Monday, so with all this going on and that paper needing to be completed, it went by fast.

And by Sunday morning, we were on CNN. We got up at 5 that morning because we had to be at the studio at 6:30 for a live broadcast on New Day. Once we left there, we started getting texts and requests for interviews.
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How did you plan to deal with it this time, whether you might have to wait days or weeks before you got a license?

We were just going to deal with it, go with the flow. Probably take the opportunity to do more interviews, to push their hand, to proceed with what needed to be done to get the license.

But we did have one strategy: I work in the building where the license is issued, where Vital Records is. It was going to be easy for me stop down on my way to work every day—“Hey, you got my license today?”—we were going to tag team them all day long…..that was Monday morning, and we would take turns, asking, checking.

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BOOK REVIEW: Atheism for Dummies

Dale McGowan's latest book, Atheism for Dummies, is an excellent introduction to a complex topic. While some short introductions to atheism focus almost exclusively on positive atheism (the active assertion that there is no God), Atheism for Dummies describes varieties of unbelief such as agnosticism, religious humanism, and secular humanism. It places unbelief in historical contexts both ancient and modern, dispels many of the popular myths about atheists, and points the interested reader toward additional resources.

The aim of the book is to deliver breadth rather than depth. There are no abstruse arguments about epistemology, philosophy, or theology. Instead, the reader will finish the book with a general understanding of what atheism is and how it came to be. Sections describe atheism through history, major works of the past and present, "being good without God", and living in a society dominated by religion. Although aimed at the novice, even a studied atheist is likely to learn something useful.

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It is important to act morally towards others, not because of a divine imperative, but because people have inherent dignity.

We have only one life, it is our responsibility to make it a good life, and to live it well.

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