Discussion: The Trump Debacle
Donald Trump’s victory is a monumental attack on reason, science and secularism. Let’s discuss our views on why this is, how it happened and what we can do about it.
Trump became known politically in 2011 for his leadership of the “birther” movement, which alleged Obama was not born in the US. Of course he had no evidence for this allegation, but Trump thrives on baseless innuendo. His campaign and subsequent policies go beyond any Left/Right issues, relying on the Alt-Right model of “alt-facts.” Extreme allegations don’t require extreme evidence. The more outrageous an allegation, the more it energizes the ignorant Tea Party base Trump relies on.
The atheist movement united in sponsoring the Women’s March on Washington. Even American Atheists, led by Dave Silverman, a conservative known for his work at CPAC, voiced their support for the event. Trump’s cabinet and policies represent an outright assault on science education, women’s rights, LGBT rights and the separation of government and religion.
Larry Hicok, Coordinator of East Bay Atheists, will start the discussion with a very short summary of his views on Trump. Then he will moderate the group discussion. Please join us.
After the discussion we will walk to dinner at our usual venue at King Dong, 2727 Milvia (at Haste) in Berkeley. The walk is nearly the same distance as it was when we met in the library.
When: Sunday, March 19th, 2:00 PM
Location: Sports Basement, 2727 Milvia St, Berkeley. Four blocks from Ashby BART. Parking in the neighborhood, and you can use the store's parking. Like many stores today, the Sports Basement is not heated to a comfy home temperature. We suggest you bring a coat or sweater in case you get cold sitting during the talk. Our room is large with lots of comfy sofas.
To Find Us: Enter the front door and proceed to the main shopping area. Then turn right. We will be on your right.
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Information: Larry Hicok, Coordinator: 510-222-7580
Ski Grabowski, Treasurer: 510-652-8350
Albany Hill Cross On the Way Out
As a result of pressure applied by the City of Albany, PG&E has replaced the electrical service for the Albany Hill Cross, located in the city park in Albany. The replacement makes the cross many times safer than before, when it used a small euclayptus tree as a utility pole. This was particularly egregious because it was in a critical fire area. The history of the cross is a case study of the special privileges given to religion, and the current city administration wants this to end. Below is a postcard sent to every Albany household in December, when the council doubted PG&E would properly repair the service. Ultimately we are confident that the cross will soon be gone from the park.