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Cookout reminder – Bob and Raisa’s house in W. Bath on Sat, July 29.

Hi,
Just a reminder about the cookout at Bob and Raisa’s house in W. Bath on Sat, July 29. We will gather at noon, start grilling at 12:30 and eat by 1 PM. It’s always a great and relaxing time at Bob and Raisa’s. Depending on interest we may discuss hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking or, when the snow gets here (yes, it will return) XC-Skiing and snowshoeing.
Chuck Dinsmore, an FFRF and FFRF Maine member who is also on the board of the Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC) in Jefferson, has offered to lead a hike there some time. Chuck, it would be nice if you could go to the cookout and talk about what the HVNC has to offer.
Here is what Chuck sent me:

May I offer another venue

​(in addition to Swan Island) ​

to consider for similar activities: Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC) in Jefferson

​Lots of things/activities available year-round, facilitated as well as open to visitors 365 days a year, dawn to dusk (overnight at a couple of cabins & yurts, or campsites, too). Check events as well as general info at midcoastconservancy.org  [full disclosure – I’m on the MC Board]. Having volunteered @ HVNC for years, I would be delighted to lead a hike there some time.  I believe that there are lots of like-minded folks in the HVNC community, too.
Cheers,
Chuck
Hope to see you all at the cookout or later at a chapter outdoor event on Swan Island or at the Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC) in Jefferson

​Tom​

Cookout / Potluck Invitation

You are invited to attend a cookout / potluck at Bob and Raisa’s house in West Bath on Sat, July 29 at 12 noon. Plan for cooking on the grill starting around 12:30 with lunch at about 1 PM.

Bob and Raisa are warm, open and very social people. They have a very nice house that Raisa designed the additions for and the setting couldn’t be better. We can gather on the porch that overlooks an expansive lawn with a tributary into the Kennebec River or eat indoors in the great room with the same awesome view in case of inclement weather. Also there are lots of walking paths over lots of acreage that provide a nice opportunity to walk off a little lunch and return for dessert.

Bob and Raisa hosted the cookout 2 years ago, everyone had a great time and the main question was “When were Bob and Raisa going to host another cookout?” Well that “when” is Sat, July 29th. If you went to the first one you know to expect to have a great time. If not, do yourself a favor and spend a summer afternoon with some like-minded friends in a relaxed, scenic atmosphere.

Please RSVP with Raisa by email at jibgirl740@aol.com so we know how many people are coming, who is bringing what and for directions.

Thanks,

Tom

Martin Luther King Jr. Socialism for the Rich

Martin Luther King Jr. Socialism for the Rich

“Whenever the government provides opportunities and privileges for white people and rich people they call it ‘subsidies.’ When they do it for Negro and poor people they call it ‘welfare.’ The fact is that everybody in this country lives on welfare. Suburbia was built with federally subsidized credit. And highways that take our white brothers out to the suburbs were built with federally subsidized money to the tune of ninety percent. Everybody is on welfare in this country. The problem is that we all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free enterprise capitalism for the poor. That’s the problem.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Theocrats Fund-Raise for More Monuments After Self-Described “Jesus Freak” Destroys 10 Commandments in Arkansas

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Earlier this week, a disturbed self-identified born again “Jesus Freak” drove his car into the not-yet-day-old Arkansas 10 Commandments monument, rendering it a pile a rubble. Unsurprisingly (though entirely senselessly) the 10 Commandments’ lead sponsor, Senator Jason Rapert placed the blame for this criminal destruction upon The Satanic Temple and other organizations who threatened to legally challenge the 10 Commandments’ exclusive placement on public grounds, a clear Constitutional violation. When asked by the Arkansas Times if it was even fair to attribute a political motive to the clearly deeply mentally disturbed culprit (even ignoring that culprit’s religious identification), Rapert gave some perplexing reply suggesting that The Satanic Temple’s spokesperson, Lucien Greaves, is a criminal.

Capitalizing even further on the 10 Commandments’ destruction, Rapert revived his original GoFundMe campaign for the project, set at a perplexingly outsized $100K (while the actual total cost is reported to have been $26K), and soon gained the funds for a completely new monument, even had the original been, for some reason, uninsured. Adding to that, it was just reported today that the producers of the Christian persecution fantasy “God’s Not Dead” films put yet another $25K towardthe 10 Commandments monument. The excess in funds, it is indicated, will go towards more monuments, which Rapert and his theocratic friends will try to impose upon public grounds across the nation. (When Lucien Greaves asked Senator Rapert directly on Arkansas television whether or not the Senator would pay the legal expenses for defending his monument, or if he would defer all such costs to the taxpayers, Rapert refused to confront the question at all.)
What does the destruction of the 10 Commandments monument mean for The Satanic Temple’s lawsuit against Arkansas?

We will still file suit against Arkansas, but we will wait until the 10 Commandments monument is replaced. We do not want to file a lawsuit before the 10 Commandments monument is replaced (even though a replacement is certain) as a Judge could still possibly declare the complaint moot in the monument’s absence.
Can we possibly win when we’re so heavily out-financed?
Yes. So long as we can keep up with the filings, depositions, and other costs related to litigation, we should certainly prevail in the courts, as the law is solidly on our side. However, we expect that our opposition, who will (almost certainly) happily burden the taxpayers with their expenses, will attempt to bury us in superfluous filings. We will need financing to keep up. Please consider contributing to our legal fund herehttps://thesatanictemple.com/products/donate-to-the-satanic-temple

Or, consider a purchase from our online shop. Proceeds help support our efforts:  https://thesatanictemple.com/collections/frontpage

The battle for Arkansas, as Sen. Rapert has made quite clear, is just the beginning. He and the Evangelical Nationalists who support him intend to impose their religion everywhere they can. Let’s stop them now.
Learn More About The Satanic Temple

This past week, Haute Macabre posted an in-depth interview with The Satanic Temple’s cofounder and spokesperson, Lucien Greaves. As the website’s introduction states, “whether you know [The Satanic Temple’s] tenets by heart or are just tuning in, you’re sure to find something of interest below.” http://hautemacabre.com/2017/06/never-let-your-activism-be-artless-an-interview-with-lucien-greaves-of-the-satanic-temple/ 

And, in case you missed it, check out our new re-vamped website for updates on our campaigns and answers to your TST-related questions: https://thesatanictemple.com/

 

 

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Planed Invocation to Maine Senate

Planed Invocation to Maine Senate

Tom Waddell, Secular Invocation, Maine Senate, May 30, 2017

Good morning. I am Tom Waddell, President of the Maine Chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Thank you all for the personal sacrifices each of you have made to be a member of the Maine Senate. Your personal commitment to Maine’s future is much appreciated. And thank you for the opportunity to give the first of many inspiring secular invocations to the Maine Senate.

Traditionally, invocations have served to encourage lawmakers to put aside political differences and, under the guidance of a “higher power,” work together for the common goal of making Maine a better place for all of its citizens. This secular invocation will be no different, but I will not ask you to bow your heads to a “higher power.” Instead, I ask you to look around at the learned men and women assembled here today, and rely on your collective character, honesty and integrity for guidance in making decisions that fulfill the intent of the Maine Constitution, specifically “to promote our common welfare.”

In the words of a Buddhist homily; “May (you) become at all times, both now and forever; A protector for those without protection; A guide for those who have lost their way; A ship for those with oceans to cross; A bridge for those with rivers to cross; A sanctuary for those in danger; A lamp for those without light; A place of refuge for those who lack shelter; And a servant to all those in need.”

Thank you.

 

How To Support Separation of Church And State In Maine

Several people wanted to know how to support the separation of church and state in Maine. One of the key ways to help FFRF Maine’s online sites reach likeminded people is to post content every day. Search engines list online sites that post new content on a daily basis at the top of search results. The more daily content we have the higher we will appear on search results when someone is looking for groups like ours.

Here is a list of our online presence, the monthly column I write, and how you can help the chapter.

Website – https://ffrfmaine.org/ – Follow us and post interesting content you find online. To follow the chapter, enter your email in the space provided on the left and click on “Follow FFRF Maine” just below. To post content, email me at President@ffrfmaine.org. I can list you as a contributor so you can post to the website.

You Tube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrCimRom4g9zJttHg8-p_pQ – Subscribe. It takes 100 subscribers to change our You Tube channel name to something like You Tube FFRF Maine. This will make it much easier for likeminded people to find us on You Tube.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/FFRFMaine – Read and post comments. As with any Facebook page, interesting daily content encourages people to come back to see what else they might enjoy reading. If you have a Facebook page and find something the non-believer community would be interested in, I encourage you to “Share” that content on the chapters Facebook page.

Kennebec Journal – I write a monthly column, “In Reason We Trust”, for the Kennebec Journal / Morning Sentinel. If you read and like the column, post a comment online. This can be done anonymously through a Disqus account if you are more comfortable with that. Adding to the positive comments, and counteracting the negative ones, will help likeminded people find their voice as well. This may result in more people becoming chapter members or supporters. The Portland Press Herald, a sister paper to the Kennebec Journal, does not carry the monthly column. If you think the PPH readers would also enjoy reading the column, send an email to the editorial page editor Greg Kesich at gkesich@pressherald.com.

All “In Reason We Trust” column articles are posted at – https://ffrfmaine.org/category/in-reason-we-trust/