Thursday, January 8, 2015

‘American Irony: Religious Freedom and Slavery’



A presentation on “American Irony: Religious Freedom and Slavery in Colonial Newport” will be hosted by the Humanists of Rhode Island on Monday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Edward King House, 35 King St. Keith Stokes, a descendant of Newport’s early African American and Jewish families, will give the presentation. Mr. Stokes and his wife, Theresa Guzman Stokes, are active in Newport historical projects and have been leaders in restoring the portion of Newport’s Colonial-era slave burial ground known as God’s Little Acre. The presentation is open to the public and is free.

Source: Newport This Week

7th Annual RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty Vigil



The purpose of the vigil is to “ask our elected officials to govern with wisdom and compassion, state our commitment that everyone in Rhode Island must have their basic needs met and offer the support of the Interfaith Community” towards achieving the goal of cutting “Rhode Island poverty in half by 2020.”

Steve Ahlquist
Rhode Island Future


Thursday, December 25, 2014

The war on secularism


This is why I don’t call the battles over such displays a “War on Christmas.” These battles should more properly be called a “War on Secularism,”This is why I don’t call the battles over such displays a “War on Christmas.” These battles should more properly be called a “War on Secularism,” and we are all losing. None of these displays belong in a public building, with the possible exception of the Humanists of Rhode Island’s exceptionally designed banner which celebrates the birth of Roger Williams and the separation of church and state, which has secular, historical and seasonal value, but no religion. and we are all losing. None of these displays belong in a public building, with the possible exception of the Humanists of Rhode Island’s exceptionally designed banner which celebrates the birth of Roger Williams and the separation of church and state, which has secular, historical and seasonal value, but no religion.
Steve Ahlquist
Rhode Island Future


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Steve Ahlquist Named RI Humanist of the Year



Last night was an evening of celebration and testimonials when the Humanists of Rhode Island honored Steve Ahlquist with its annual Rhode Island Humanist of the Year Award. Ahlquist is President and founding member of Humanists of Rhode Island and a regular fixture at protests, hearings and assorted other activist events. He is a prolific writer and artist. His articles appear regularly in Rhode Island Future and elsewhere.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"Reasonable" seasonal ads appear across RI


"We want to make our presence in the community known," Tony Houston, coordinator of the RICoR said in a prepared statement. "Non-theistic people are your family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers. We may not believe in a deity or the supernatural, but we are compassionate, ethical members of this community. We would like to encourage local atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, skeptics, secularists, and humanists to stand up and be counted. If you are a Rhode Island nonbeliever, know that you are not alone."

John McDaid
Hard Deadlines

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rhode Island Atheist Society Annual Food Drive


The Rhode Island Atheist Society will be holding its Annual Food Drive to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank this Monday November 17th at their monthly meetup.  The meetup begins at 7:30PM at UNO Chicago Grill 371 Putnam Pike Smithfield RI. Please bring non-perishable food items, spices, toiletries, or baby supplies. You can always donate money if that's easier.