***The IEAA and FAR are hosting this booth as a part of the Inland Empire Coalition of Reason. If you have literature from a secular organization that you would like to hand out, please let us know and we’ll make sure to pass it out.***
Want to help let other non-believers know they’re not alone?
Want to take an active role in promoting Secular ideals in the local community?
Then come join us at Redlands Market Night!
We’ll be loosely following the “Ask an Atheist” format where we:
• Answer questions
• Pass out flyers
• Give out information about secularism and the local groups
• Sell atheist themed t-shirts and other merchandise to help fund the booth
• Chat with whomever stops by
Let’s show the world that atheists and agnostics are nice, normal, and happy people – good without gods!
We’re looking for volunteers of every level, if you want to come and just hang out that’s fine, and if you want to engage with the public that’s fine too. We’ll go over tabling basics for anyone who isn’t sure what to do. You will receive upon your request an online booklet created by the SSA that will help you prepare to answer questions.
There’s lots of parking all over if you come early, and lots by the Redlands Mall after 5. Our Booth will be at space 37, located between 7th St. and 8th St. Just look for our booth with the big Atheist sign. If you still can’t find us call Reb at (951) 544 – 6682 or Linda at (909) 677-3775.
Here’s a sample of some of the questions and answers we’ll deal with:
Q: Don’t atheists have basically empty, meaningless lives since they don’t believe that there’s any higher power out there?
A: Nope. We don’t think that the world is an empty, meaningless place, even though we don’t think a god designed it. We think the world is a fascinating, wonderful, interesting place, and we enjoy living in it. Now, you may think that it’s impossible to “really” enjoy this world without believing of God as the designer. We don’t feel that way.
Q: What do you think happens to you when you die?
A: Just in case there are any misconceptions about this, most serious atheists don’t believe in reincarnation or spirits any more than we believe in hell. What defines “you” is what you think and feel, and how you interact with the universe. When this interaction ceases, you’re not you anymore. So you simply stop existing.
Q: How can anyone possibly be moral without believing in God?
A: Pretty much the same way that anyone else can be moral – by considering their actions, weighing the consequences and deciding whether they’re doing more harm than good to themselves and other people.
Q: What’s the difference between an atheist and an agnostic?
A: Atheism is merely the absence of belief in any gods. Agnosticism is not about belief in god but about knowledge — it was coined originally to describe the position of a person who could not claim to know for sure if any gods exist or not.
Q: Is Atheism just another religion?
A: No. Religions appeal to a supernatural realm controlled in most cases by a god or gods. Atheists have no written revelations, no god or gods and do not accept the existence of a supernatural realm or a creative super-being, as no evidence demands that they do. Atheism is therefore a rational evaluation of nature, whilst religions result from imaginative guessing.
Q: Do you hate God?
A: Nope. We don’t hate Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy or Darth Vader either. Remember, atheists do not believe God exists. The way we see it, hating a nonexistent being would be as great a waste of time as worshiping one.
Q: Wow, this is really cool, how can I help out?
A: By joining up with the IECoR! Check us out online at Meetup.com Freethinkers Around Redlands, Meetup.com Inland Empire Atheists and Agnostics, Meetup.com Victor Valley Atheists, Agnostics and Freethinkers or Facebook for SSA of University of CA Riverside or SSA of Riverside City College.