Freethinkers’ Forum

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., TBD

An Atheist Stranger in a Strange Religious Land: Selected Writings from the Bible Belt

Presentation by: Herb Silverman​

Program: Herb Silverman has always been outside the mainstream of American culture, politics, and religion. From this unique vantage point, he writes about the most pressing issues of our day, including those related to war, peace, patriotism, race, gender, and church-state separation. In this entertaining and thought-provoking volume, he curates some of his best written work. Silverman may see himself as an atheist stranger in a strange religious land, but thanks in part to his work as activist and author, atheists as a whole are no longer strangers in this increasingly irreligious land.

Herb Silverman​: Professor Silverman is founder and president of the Secular Coalition for America, founder of the Secular Humanists of the Low-country in Charleston, South Carolina; and founder and former faculty adviser to the College of Charleston student Atheist/Humanist Alliance and distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Charleston. He is the author of Candidate Without a Prayer, which he reviewed during a previous visit to UUCT.

ThanksgivingUUCT Thanksgiving Dinner

All are invited to gather at 1:00 p.m. in the UUCT Sanctuary for our traditional turkey day dinner. Please bring a dish to share.

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Freethinkers’ Forum

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., Room L

Chokehold: Policing Black Men

Presentation by: Howard Kessler, MD

Program: Dr. Kessler will present a review of the book: Chokehold: Policing Black Men. Cops, politicians, and ordinary people are afraid of black men. The result is the Chokehold: laws and practices that treat every African American man like a thug. In this explosive new book, an African American former federal prosecutor shows that the system is working exactly the way it’s supposed to. Black men are always under watch, and police violence is widespread—all with the support of judges and politicians.

In his no-holds-barred style, author Paul Butler, whose scholarship has been featured on 60 Minutes, uses new data to demonstrate that white men commit the majority of violent crime in the United States. For example, a white woman is ten times more likely to be raped by a white male acquaintance than be the victim of a violent crime perpetrated by a black man. Butler also frankly discusses the problem of black on black violence and how to keep communities safer—without relying as much on police.

Chokehold powerfully demonstrates why current efforts to reform law enforcement will not create lasting change. Butler’s controversial recommendations about how to crash the system, and when it’s better for a black man to plead guilty—even if he’s innocent—are sure to be game-changers in the national debate about policing, criminal justice, and race relations.

Howard Kessler​: Howard Kessler is another favorite Freethinkers’ Forum presenter.  A retired orthopedic surgeon he received his medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo and practiced medicine for more than 20 years. Howard is a past Wakulla County, Florida, Commissioner.  Currently, an active member of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) he devotes a good portion of his time to environmental and human rights activism.

Freethinkers’ Forum

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., Room L

Solving Moral Dilemmas: How Do We Know What’s Right? by Dr. Michael Shermer, Dr. Douglas Navarick, and Dr. Ryan Nichols

Presentation by: Gary Whittenberger, Ph.D.

Program: Dr. Whittenberger will review the book:
Solving Moral Dilemmas: How Do We Know What’s Right?
Are certain actions intrinsically wrong, or are they wrong only because of their consequences? Suppose that by torturing someone, you could save a human life, or ten human lives, or a hundred. If so, would torture be morally permissible or perhaps even obligatory? Or imagine that capital punishment actually deters murder, so that with every execution, we can save two innocent lives, or three, or a dozen. If so, would capital punishment be morally permissible or perhaps even mandatory? And how, exactly, should we go about answering such questions?

 Gary Whittenberger, Ph.D.​: Dr. Whittenberger is a current co-director of Freethinkers’ Forum and president and Secretary on the Center for Inquiry Tallahassee Advisory Board. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from FSU and worked as a correctional psychologist for 23 years. He is the author of “God Wants You to be an Atheist.”

winterfestWinterfest 2017 ~ Gather the Spirit

Saturday, December 9, Sanctuary, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a celebration of the winter holidays.  UUCT will host an informal potluck dinner with songs, poetry, art & storytelling to entertain.