2009 Archive News

Dec - Recovering Religionists

Recovering Religionists

Started by Dr. Darrel Ray, author of "The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture." RR is an organization dedicated to helping people navigate the path out of religion. After publishing his book, Darrel found a huge need for some kind of support group to help people deal with the aftermath of leaving their religion.


Dec - Help LEAP Just By Doing Holiday Shopping

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition recently joined's Amazon Associates program, which gives LEAP a commission of 4% to 8% on ANY purchase you make when you go to the Amazon site through our dedicated hyperlink: HELP LEAP JUST BY SHOPPING AT AMAZON.COM


Dec - Winter Solstice Movie Night---Avatar!

Monday, December 21 at 6:30pm

Time for another movie night! And what better holiday movie than Avatar?

"Avatar" is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.

See Calendar for more information.


Coming in December

Dr. Darrel Ray book 'The God Virus'
Sunday, December 13 at 2pm
Note: The monthly meeting day has been changed to a Sunday for this event.

For thousands of years, religion has woven its way through societies and people as if it were part and parcel to that society or person. In large measure it was left unexplained and unchallenged, it simply existed. Those who attempted to challenge and expose religion were often persecuted, excommunicated, shunned, or even executed. It could be fatal to explain that which the church, priest or imam said was unexplainable. Dr. Darrel Ray discusses this and much more in his engaging and entertaining presentation. See the calendar for more information.


Saints Go 12-0

When a Saint named Robert Meachem broke a commandment on Sunday in broad daylight  --  the one that says "Thou Shalt Not Steal"  --  you had a funny feeling. By Peter Finney, Times-Picayune December 06, 2009, 11:59PM

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Saints Go 11-0

What did the hand say to the face? ... SLAP ....

Dec - The Southeast Louisiana Freethinkers Meetup

The Southeast Louisiana Freethinkers Meetup

The Southeast Louisiana Freethinkers Meetup Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 2,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.


Dec - NOSHA Gear

nosha gear at cafe press

NOSHA now has a store where you can buy lots of cool stuff! Check out all the items at Cafe Press.


November 22 - Saints roll to stay unbeaten

New Orleans improved to 10-0 - the first 10-game winning streak in club history - with a 38-7 rout of the Buccaneers.



We are liquidating the NOSHA library! Everyone attending the November meeting will have the opportunity to take a book from the tables. If there are some books remaining after everyone has one book, then more than one can be taken.


November's Monthly Meeting

The Genius of Charles Darwin.
Saturday, November 21 at 2pm

We will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the publishing of Charles Darwin's Origins of the Species by showing a film "The Genius of Charles Darwin." which was awarded Best TV Documentary Series at the British Broadcast Awards!

See the calendar for more information.

Save Our Cemeteries

October 30 - Cemeteryscape 2009

An exhibit featuring the works of many local photographers including Charlotte Klasson of NOSHA, will be held on Thursday, October 29th, from 6pm-8pm. The exhibit is presented by Save Our Cemeteries, Inc. a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting the historic cemeteries of New Orleans. It is open to the public and everyone is cordially invited to the reception.

International House Hotel
221 Camp Street St, New Orleans

October 15 - A Very Special Lady

Serena Bodellini

The freethinking community recently lost a very special lady in Serena Bodellini who passed away Thursday, October 15. She was one of our most ardent and progressive supporters and we remember her lovely personality and feisty attitude with much fondness. She was a member of the NOSHA board of directors and an officer with the Greater New Orleans chapter of NOW and was very active online until the last few days of her life. We send our heartfelt condolences to her son, Marco Bodellini, and her family in Italy.


October - The New Atheism

Vic Stenger

At the last monthly meeting, Vic Stenger addressed the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association. His talk was on "The New Atheism," the title of his newest book. NPR had a segment ?A Bitter Rift Divides Atheists?, which talks about the ?new? verses ?old? atheism.


May/June - Billboard


This billboard which appeared in New Orleans in May/June 2009 is a part of nationwide effort by the United Coalition of Reason to raise the visibility and sense of unity among local groups in the community of reason. Created by FreeThoughtAction, billboards like this have appeared in communities across the country, letting humanists, atheist, freethinkers and nontheists of all stripes know that they are not alone, and that there are millions of Americans who think like they do.


February & March - A Streetcar Named Enlightened


Here in New Orleans our Canal Streetcar ad successfully brought attention to NOSHA in February & March 2009, along with names added to our mailing list. Our Board of Directors supported a plan for a prominent, although expensive, billboard and we made a successful appeal for funds for an advertising campaign, which was stimulated by matching funds provided by two NOSHA members. We consider the message on the sign to be non-offensive to anyone and reassuring to many who feel isolated in the community.