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Join us for the 2015 Bat Cruise
The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, September 26, 2015, 6-8pm.  Posted September 6, 2015

Heina Dadabhoy to Lecture Before Bat Cruise
Heina Dadabhoy will be our guest speaker before the bat cruise on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 at 2:00 pm.  Posted July 28, 2015

“A Better Life” the Movie – Austin Premiere
 Posted June 15, 2015

Statement on the Chapel Hill shootings
ACA issues a statement on the February 10th shootings in Chapel Hill, NC.  Posted February 19, 2015

ACA's 2014 Voters' Guide Published
On October 10, 2014, the ACA has published is 2014 Voters' Guide  Posted October 10, 2014

Join us for the 2014 Bat Cruise
The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, September 27, 2014, 6-8pm.  Posted July 17, 2014

Richard Carrier and Chris Johnson to Lecture Before Bat Cruise
As part of our Bat Cruise weekend, authors Richard Carrier and Chris Johnson will give talks, Saturday, September 27th at 1:15 pm.  Posted July 17, 2014

PZ Myers to Lecture Before Bat Cruise
As part of our Bat Cruise weekend, biology professor and blogger PZ Myers will talk on bat evolution, Sunday, September 28th at 3pm.  Posted September 8, 2013

Join us for the 2013 Bat Cruise
The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, September 28, 2013, 6-8pm.  Posted June 16, 2013

Election Meeting and Open House, May 5th
ACA will host its annual election meeting at our new library building, May 5th. An open house will follow.  Posted April 17, 2013

Freethinkers of Central Texas honors Matt Dillahunty
ACA members are invited to the December 15, 2012 awards banquet.  Posted November 14, 2012

Join us for the 2012 Bat Cruise
The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, September 22, 2012, 6-8pm.  Posted May 28, 2012

Atheist Experience wins Best of Austin Award--Again
Atheist Experience was awarded the "Best Public Access TV Show" in the 2011 Austin Chronicle Best of Austin Awards  Posted October 18, 2011

Join us for the 2011 Bat Cruise
The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, October 1, 2011, 6-8pm.  Posted June 18, 2011

ACA to host National Day of Reason Event May 5th
Come down to the Capitol to rally for reason.  Posted April 18, 2011

ACA Hosts Weekly Billiards Event
ACA hosts billiards event at Slick Willy's in South Austin every Monday.  Posted April 11, 2011

ACA hosts SCA's Sean Faircloth
ACA and the University of Texas Secular Student Society will host Sean Faircloth for a lecture, Saturday, December 4th.  Posted December 2, 2010

Atheist Experience wins Best of Austin Award
Atheist Experience was awarded the "Best Public Access TV Show" in the 2010 Austin Chronicle Best of Austin Awards  Posted September 20, 2010

2010 Voters' Guide
The ACA is will produce a voters' guide for the 2010 election  Posted September 6, 2010

Several Extra Bat Cruise Events Planned
Join the ACA gang for four events on the day of the Bat Cruise, Saturday, September 25th.  Posted July 31, 2010

Austin Coalition of Reason Launches Billboard Campaign
The newly formed Austin Coalition of Reason launches a billboard campaign to rally the troops in Austin.  Posted June 26, 2010

Join us for the 2010 Bat Cruise
The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, September 25, 2010, 6-8pm.  Posted May 12, 2010

2010-2011 ACA Board Elected
On May 2, 2010, ACA members elected the next ACA Board of Directors.  Posted May 2, 2010

Textbook Rally slated for May 16th
ACA will participate in the textbook rally on the Texas State Capitol steps, May 16th, 11am-2pm.  Posted April 14, 2010 (Article off site)

ACA Pub Crawl Slated for March 20th
Join the 2010 ACA Pub Crawl and don't forget to order your Pub Crawl t-shirt.  Posted February 26, 2010

Do prisoners have access to non-religious books?
ACA member Manuel Serratos is collecting science and freethought books for prisoners.  Posted February 17, 2010

CFI/ACA Saturnalia Party
Members of CFI Austin and ACA will have a joint Saturnalia party, December 19, 2009.  Posted December 16, 2009

Dan Barker to speak at UT
FFRF co-founder Dan Barker will be giving a lecture at UT on Monday, November 16, 2009, 6:30pm on the UT campus.  Posted November 11, 2009

Author Victor Stenger to give lecture October 29th.
Best selling atheist author Victor Stenger will be giving a lecture on October 29th. The lecture is titled, "The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason".  Posted October 16, 2009

Sean Faircloth speaks on September 19th
Sean Faircloth of the Secular Coalition for America will speak on September 19th, 6:30pm  Posted September 7, 2009

Bat Cruise Events
We will be having a number of events surrounding the September 26th Bat Cruise  Posted August 9, 2009

Join us for the 2009 Bat Cruise
The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, September 26, 2009, 6-8pm.  Posted June 12, 2009

ACA to participate in Austin Pride
ACA will have a booth again in the Austin Pride festival on Saturday, June 6.  Posted May 10, 2009

2009-2010 ACA Board Elected
The 2009-2010 ACA Board was elected on May 3, 2009.  Posted May 3, 2009

ACA Board Election May 3rd
ACA Members will meet on May 3rd to elect the new President, Vice President, and Board of Directors. Please plan on participating.  Posted April 12, 2009

ACA to Start Canned Food Drive
The ACA will collect non-perishable food items for the Capitol Area Food Bank  Posted December 20, 2008

Winter Solstice Party Planned
Mike will again host the ACA Winter Solstice Party on December 20th January 2nd starting at 7pm.  Posted November 13, 2008

Texas SBOE to review TEKS standards
The Texas State Board of Education is in the process of reviewing the science curriculum standards.  Posted November 11, 2008

2008 Hell House Trip Planned
A group outing to the Cedar Hill Hell House is planned for October 25th.  Posted October 13, 2008

2008 Voters' Guide
The ACA is producing a voters' guide for the 2008 general election.  Posted September 20, 2008

San Antionio Zoo outing planned
The ACA will have an outing to the San Antonio Zoo on Saturday, September 27th  Posted August 10, 2008

ACA to have community garage sale
Lisa and Mike are organizing a garage sale to benefit the ACA, on Saturday, September 6th.  Posted July 20, 2008

Peter Pan Mini-Golf Outing Slated
We'll be going to Peter Pan Mini-Golf on August 15th.  Posted July 14, 2008

Join us for the 2008 Bat Cruise
The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, September 20, 2008, 6-8pm.  Posted May 20, 2008

Summer Solstice Party to be June 21st
Mike will host a Summer Solstice Party at his house on June 21st, 5pm-1am.  Posted May 11, 2008

ACA to have booth at 2008 Pride Festival
ACA will have a booth at the 2008 Gay & Lesbian Pride Festival, June 14th at Auditorium Shores.  Posted May 11, 2008

ACA to host National Day of Reason Rally
The ACA will have a Rally, May 1, 2008 at the Capitol to promote reason and church-state separation.  Posted April 30, 2008

ACA Pub Crawl will be March 7th
ACA members will participate in a pub crawl on March 7th, starting at the Dog & Duck Pub.  Posted February 11, 2008

Texas Education Agency is "Neutral" on Pseudoscience?
ACA's response to Texas Education Agency's apparent policy of neutrality to Intelligent Design  Posted December 13, 2007

Mike to host ACA Winter Solstice Party
The 2007 Winter Solstice Party, December 15th, will be at Mike's house again this year.  Posted November 2, 2007

ACA Members Going to Hell
ACA members will be going in a caravan to Cedar Hill, Texas (near Dallas) to tour the famous Hell House there.  Posted October 22, 2007

Join us for the 2007 Bat Cruise
The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, September 22, 2007, 6-8pm.  Posted July 18, 2007

AAI Convention will be September 2007
The Atheist Alliance convention will be a fantastic event with loads of big-name speakers. Consider making your reservation soon.  Posted June 21, 2007

Schlitterbahn Trip Planned
Get your toes wet with other ACA folks at the planned July 28th outing.  Posted June 16, 2007

ACA to have booth at the Pride Festival
ACA will have a booth at the Gay & Lesbian Pride Festival, June 9, 2007.  Posted May 30, 2007

Mike to host monthly movie night
Mike will host a monthly ACA movie night at his home.  Posted May 26, 2007

CFI invites ACA to monthly games nights
CFI Austin and ACA has a joint games night on the second Wednesday of every month  Posted May 26, 2007

ACA to begin monthly bowling night
Bowling night will be on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 300 Austin  Posted May 26, 2007

ACA to begin monthly billiards night
ACA will have a monthly billiards night every 4th Wednesday at the Side Pocket  Posted May 26, 2007

New ACA Board Elected
A new ACA board was elected on May 6th.  Posted May 7, 2007

Jeff Dee honored at May 6th Election meeting
Founding ACA member Jeff Dee was honored at the election meeting, May 6th, 2007 for his many contributions to the ACA.  Posted May 7, 2007

Dr. Howard Miller to give a talk on unbelief at UT
UT historian G. Howard Miller will give a talk at UT April 16th titled "Belief and Unbelief in George Bush's America."  Posted April 13, 2007

ACA will hold a free speech demonstration for National Day of Reason
ACA will be at the Capitol on May 3rd for a National Day of Reason demonstration  Posted April 5, 2007

ACA is now on MySpace
Thanks to the efforts of some ACA members, we now have a presence on MySpace.  Posted March 28, 2007

ACA Happy Hour moving in April
ACA Happy Hour will move to the Dog & Duck Pub starting April 5th.  Posted March 27, 2007

ACA President Matt Dillahunty featured in the Statesman
Our own Matt Dillahunty was featured in the Austin American Statesman, Sunday March 18th, 2007.  Posted March 19, 2007

Atheists Respond to the National Day of Prayer
What are some of the things that atheists are doing in response to the National Day of Prayer?  Posted March 13, 2007

ACA Movie Night Resumes April 11th
Mike will host an ACA Movie Night at his home, Wednesday, April 11th.  Posted March 2, 2007

ACA Spring Party will be Saturday, March 24th
The ACA "Vernal Equinox" party will be on Saturday, March 24th, starting at 6pm  Posted February 19, 2007

Renew your ACA membership, March 1st
March 1st is membership renewal time. Only current members can vote in the upcoming ACA board elections.  Posted February 12, 2007

CFI Austin to Host a Darwin Day Presentation
CFI Austin will host a Darwin Day presentation at Book People, February 10, 2:00-4:00pm upstairs. ACA members are invited.  Posted January 30, 2007 (Article off site)

Atheist Experience now playing via the Internet
Episodes of the Atheist Experience TV show are now available on the Internet. We are hoping to expand our reach to new people.  Posted January 23, 2007

ACA Adopts a Street
The ACA has adopted a street in North Austin. We'll do some community service in exchange for some visibility.  Posted January 23, 2007

Special Birthday Meeting February 11th
We will be celebrating the 10th birthday of the ACA at the February 11th regular meeting at Ventana del Soul.  Posted January 14, 2007

ACA to begin meeting at Ventana del Soul, February 2007
Starting February 2007, ACA will have its regular (non-lecture) Sunday meetings at Ventana del Soul.  Posted December 10, 2006

Atheism responsible for mass murder?
A recent opinion piece at the Christian Science Monitor claims that atheism is the real force behind history's mass murders...  Posted November 29, 2006

ACA Winter Solstice Party on December 16th
Come celebrate the rotation of the planet (and the end of the year) at the ACA Winter Solstice Party  Posted November 1, 2006

Do youth ministers indoctrinate kids?
Several events and news articles this week seem to say that this is a good question to ask. It doesn't ever seem to get an answer, though.  Posted October 11, 2006

Baylor religion study biased
The Baylor University religion study is loaded with problems, for non-believers, non-Christians, but most especially believers in a monotheistic "God".  Posted October 4, 2006

Exchange student - Home found!
I just received word that the exchange student has found a new sponsor, but we might still be involved...  Posted September 22, 2006

URGENT - Need atheist host for exchange student (Updated)
An atheist exchange student from Moldova is currently placed in a fundamentalist Christian home and wants out - can you help?  Posted September 19, 2006

November 12th ACA Meeting at Ventana del Soul
Our November 12th ACA meeting will be at the community center Ventana del Soul  Posted September 19, 2006

Participate in the ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise
The ACA Town Lake Bat Cruise will be Saturday, September 23, 2006, 6-8pm.  Posted July 30, 2006

"Under God" bill threatens judicial independence
The House of Representatives recently passed the "Pledge Protection Act" (HR 2389) which attempts to prevent federal courts from hearing cases that question the Constitutional validity of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Posted July 20, 2006

Host international exchange students!
SHARE! is seeking interested, atheist/agnostic, families (with or without children) to host atheist/agnostic exchange students from Western Europe.  Posted July 13, 2006

ACA at the Pride Festival
ACA had a booth at the Austin Gay & Lesbian Pride Festival on June 10th. Check out the scrapbook entry for the event.  Posted June 11, 2006 (Article off site)

Give the gift of life at the ACA Blood Drive
Every 8 weeks, ACA members participate in a blood drive as a community service.  Posted May 15, 2006

ACA is making an impact on the world
The ACA is making an impact on the world through its TV, Internet Radio, and print media efforts.  Posted May 14, 2006

2006 ACA Board Elected
On May 7th, the ACA Elected its 2006 board. Please congratulate the new board members and give them your feedback on how you'd like to see the group change.  Posted May 9, 2006

NDOP Protest recap
Our NDOP protest was a success. We recount highlights from the event.  Posted May 9, 2006

ACA Press Release on NDOP protest
Announcing the ACA protest at the State Capitol, May 4, 2006  Posted May 1, 2006

Muhammad comics scandal challenges concepts of free speech
ACA writer Matt Dillahunty comments on the Muhammad comics scandal that broke this February.  Posted February 8, 2006

Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District Decision a Major Blow for ID
The ACA applauds the Kitzmiller decision this week in Dover Pennsylvania. Within this strong and comprehensive ruling, ID is unmasked as religion. The ID movement has been dealt a hefty blow.  Posted December 22, 2005

ACA Press Release on Harris County Bible Display Appeal
ACA has issued a press release concerning the upcoming hearing of Harris County's appeal to the Star of Hope Bible Display. Kay Staley spoke at the Texas Atheist and Agnositcs Conference in 2004.  Posted December 5, 2005

Constitutional Ban on Same-sex Marriage Passes
Religious persecution reigns as Christian conservatives use their might to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage in Texas.  Posted November 8, 2005

We Always Knew Religion Wasn't a Good Thing
A recent study (October 2005) published in the Journal of Religion and Society compares religious belief and various measurable social ills in various countries. The study found that religious belief is correlated with a number of social ills including higher abortion and teen pregnancy rates, higher homicide and suicide rates, higher child mortality, and lower life expectancy. This is a study about correlations and the author calls for additional research to determine causality. We think that additional research will provide solid evidence of causality. In the mean time, the theists have a lot of explaining to do.  Posted October 10, 2005 (Article off site)

ACA Kicks Off Katrina Relief Fund
The Atheist Community of Austin is now accepting donations that will be passed along to disaster relief organizations such as the Red Cross.  Posted September 5, 2005

New Board elected
We held our annual election on May 1 to vote on our new officers and directors, as well as whether or not to affiliate ourselves with various national organizations.  Posted May 2, 2005

Atheists Dig Deep to Help Tsunami Victims
Since December 26, all of us have been bombarded by news and pictures of one of the worst natural disasters in modern history. The death toll from the Boxing Day tsunami continues to rise, and aid organizations are scrambling to get resources into place for what will be a prolonged and expensive recovery effort.  Posted January 4, 2005

On 'Moral Values,' It's Blue in a Landslide
In The New York Times, columnist Frank Rich explains why secular values still could be winning the culture war.  Posted November 14, 2004 (Article off site)

Deadline Hollywood: The Gospel Hours
In The LA Weekly, columnist Nikki Finke writes, "Here’s our prediction of how current [television] series, midseason replacements and next fall’s pilots will more 'accurately' reflect the supposed religious and right-wing mood of America. God help us."  Posted November 11, 2004 (Article off site)

What's Next for the Reality-Based Community? Fundamentalists score major victories, but where does that leave the rest of us?
Over the past few years, Mynga Futrell and Paul Geisert, with the assistance of such prominent thinkers as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, have been calling on atheists to identify themselves as brights, but it never has caught on nearly as much as its proponents had hoped. But in just the past few weeks, another term has achieved far more popular circulation, "the reality-based community."  Posted November 5, 2004

The Day the Enlightenment Went Out
In The New York Times, historian Garry Wills explains how the rise of religious fundamentalism in this country threatens the Enlightenment values on which the United States was founded.  Posted November 4, 2004 (Article off site)

Freethinkers Commemorative Ceremony in Comfort, Texas
On Sunday, November 7, at 11:30 am, the Freethinkers Association of Central Texas (FACT), based in San Antonio, is inviting the public to the city of Comfort for the Third Anniversary Freethinker Cenotaph Commemorative Ceremony of the German Freethinkers, who founded the town in 1854.  Posted November 1, 2004

Without a Doubt
In The New York Times Magazine, Ron Suskind examines the role of religion in shaping national and international policy. "Faith heals the heart and the spirit," he writes, "but it doesn't do much for analytical skills."  Posted October 21, 2004 (Article off site)

From the Streets to the Supreme Court
In The Houston Chronicle, Polly Ross Hughes reports on Thomas Van Orden's Ten Commandments lawsuit, which Constitutional legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky will argue before the US Supreme Court early next year. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will defend the monument.  Posted October 15, 2004 (Article off site)

2004 TAAC Showcases Both Workshops and Excitement: Newdow, Van Orden featured
Convening the weekend of Friday, October 8, through Sunday, October 10, the 2004 Texas Atheist and Agnostic Conference, hosted by the Atheist Community of Austin at the Holiday Inn-Town Lake, was widely viewed by attendees as a rousing success.  Posted October 10, 2004

Atheists on KOOP Radio: Michael Newdow talks with Allan Campbell, Tuesday, 2:00-3:00 pm
On 91.7 FM and also live on the web, KOOP Radio featured attorney Michael Newdow, best known for the Pledge case that went to the US Supreme Court, in an interview with Allan Campbell, Tuesday, October 5, from 2 to 3 pm.  Posted October 5, 2004

Health Textbook Hearings, Round Two: Fundamentalists strike back
Wednesday, September 8, was this year's second and last public hearing on the health textbooks by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE). One can visit the Texas Education Agency's website for a transcript. The Texas State Board is scheduled to vote on the textbooks on Friday, November 5.  Posted September 8, 2004

Texas Faith and Freedom
In a web-only interview for The Austin Chronicle, Rachel Proctor May talks with Samantha Smoot, outgoing executive director of the Texas Freedom Network, a leading group opposing the religious right in the state.  Posted August 6, 2004 (Article off site)

Condom Wars: New guidelines gut HIV prevention—and endanger young people’s lives
In The LA Weekly, Doug Ireland examines the new federal guidelines that disparage the effectiveness of condoms in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted infections.  Posted August 6, 2004 (Article off site)

Follow the Money
In The Nation, Esther Kaplan explains how the Christian right has become the recipient of federal dollars while its critics suffer federal budget cuts, audits, prosecutions, and investigations for obscenity.  Posted August 6, 2004 (Article off site)

Sex Education, Lies and Textbooks: Health educators, medical experts and others testify in protest
Wednesday, July 14, was this year's first public hearing on the health textbooks by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE). One can visit the Texas Education Agency's website for a transcript. The Texas State Board is scheduled to vote on the textbooks on Friday, November 5.  Posted July 14, 2004

Stonewall 35: ACA screens the film Myra Breckinridge at MonkeyWrench Books
On Friday, June 25, the Atheist Community of Austin returned to MonkeyWrench Books to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, historically seen as the beginning of the modern gay movement, when drag queens and their supporters resisted a police raid of a gay bar in Greenwich Village known as the Stonewall Inn for two consecutive nights, June 27-28, 1969.  Posted June 25, 2004

One Nation Indivisible? The Supreme Court okays 'under God' in pledge for now
On Monday, June 14, in the caseElk Grove Unified School District v. Michael Newdow, the US Supreme Court has allowed the phrase "under God," which Congress inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance fifty years ago, to stand for the time being. The Atheist Community of Austin co-filed an amicus brief on behalf of Michael Newdow, a fellow atheist whose challenge to the theistic reference was upheld by a lower court.  Posted June 14, 2004

ACA at the Texas Pride Festival
On the first Sunday of every June, the Atheist Community of Austin has a booth at the Texas Pride Festival, sponsored by the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas as part of its Texas Pride Weekend.  Posted June 6, 2004

Keep Religion Out of Civil Marriage
We, the Board of Directors of the Atheist Community of Austin, resolve to condemn the interference of religious beliefs in the question of same-sex marriage. We are unaware of any compelling secular arguments against same-sex marriage, and in accordance with the principle of separation between church and state, no citizen may be denied any right because of the religious beliefs of others.  Posted March 8, 2004

Texas textbook vote ruffles religious activists
The Associated Press reports on the preliminary 11-4 vote by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) on Thursday, November 6, 2003, to approve the biology textbooks.  Posted January 16, 2004 (Article off site)

In Defense of Planned Parenthood
The Board of Directors of the Atheist Community of Austin voted on December 14th to oppose the efforts of groups that try to impose the restrictions of their religious beliefs on the health care of the general population of Austin. Specifically, the Board addressed boycott threats made by a religious coalition led by the Texas Contractors and Suppliers for Life against companies involved in the construction of a Planned Parenthood facility in Austin known as The Choice Project.  Posted January 6, 2004

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