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November 15, 2016
Tri-State Freethinkers, the nonprofit organization that led the Ark Encounter Protest this past summer, have since been inundated with documented violations of the separation of church and state
stemming from the very county the Ark Encounter resides, Grant County. Violations, some dating back as far as 2009, include misuse of school communications to promote religious events, Christian and
bible displays in school offices, religious themed homework assignments in Chemistry class, and the harassment of children reading books about evolution.
Possibly the most troubling report Tri-State Freethinkers received was that regarding current Athletic Director Brian Smallwood. Pastor Smallwood is listed as Campus Minister on Grant County High School's website. He additionally serves as Youth Minister to Dry Ridge Baptist Church and lists his mission as "to REACH non -Christian students, to help them SHARE in God's Word, to OFFER themselves in SERVICE to Christ, and to CARE for one another, while enabling students to understand and recognize who Jesus Christ is, and what it is to live for Him only." Pastor Smallwood used Grant County School newsletters to promote church events and fundraisers for church mission trips.
Given the variety and pervasiveness of the violations reported, Tri-State Freethinkers demanded that the District address the specific violations reported, and requested the District train all employees about their obligation to remain neutral toward religion under the Establishment Clause.
It is clear why Answers in Genesis President, Ken Ham, chose Grant County for the location of the controversial Ark Encounter Park. Ham has clearly benefited from the blind eye turned by local officials, much to the detriment of future generations.
FREE EVENT! Hear from several national speakers on the importance of science & reason over religion & dogma, and what we can do about it. If you care about teaching evolution not intelligent design in public schools, reproductive freedom not restriction, equal rights not discrimination, you need to be here and show your support!
Jim G. Helton
President, Tri-State Freethinkers
President, American Atheists
Co-President, Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF)
Dogma Debate - Live Broadcast!!!
Executive Director, Young Skeptics
Executive Director, Secular Coalition for America
Co-Founder & Treasurer, Tri-State Freethinkers
President, UC Secular Student Alliance
Kentucky Secular Society & Louisville Atheists
For the latest information, view our Facebook event and let us know you will be there!
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Freedom From Religion Nativity Display
The Freedom From Religion Foundation acquired a permit to place its Bill of Rights "nativity" display on the lawn of the Franklin County Courthouse. The FFRF asked the Tri-State Freethinkers to be on site to put up the display in Franklin County. We were there on Sunday November 29. Learn more about this event.
The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women resolution has been passed, now comes the hard work of getting the Cincinnati City Council to pass the ordinance. We will be reaching out to local organizations to form a coalition that will oversee and execute needed reforms to protect women from discrimination. The City of Cincinnati will fund a study that will identify problem areas.
Separation of Church and State
The First Amendment allows citizens the freedom to practice (or not to practice) any religion of their choice. We believe that a Separation of Church and State is imperative to protecting these rights for both theists and nontheists.
Interfaith Hospitality Network
In 2016, Tri-State Freethinkers will be a support congretation for IHN of Greater Cincinnati.The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is a unique partnership of religious and community organizations that provide shelter, meals and support services to families experiencing homelessness.
Faces without Places
We love to throw parties, especially for others. We have partnered with Faces without Places to throw birthday parties for homeless children. We bring the entertainment and sweets, they leave with
the biggest smiles knowing that someone remembered to celebrate their special day!
March 10, 2016 will be our third year hosting this event. Come join us!
Beyond Belief Award
In May 2015, TSF was named Team of the Month by the Beyond Belief Network. The
Foundation Beyond Belief lists its mission as:
To demonstrate humanism at its best by supporting efforts to improve this world and this life, and to challenge humanists to embody the highest principles of humanism, including mutual care and responsibility.
We share this belief and are honored to be named as Team of the Month.
Newport on the Levee
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Hero and Villian Summit Murder Mystery
Join us for another great murder mystery! Our story is set at a superhero sanctuary at a meeting with heroes and villains across the globe to discuss the capture of the recently escaped archenemy of humankind - The Moon King. Dust off your cape and get out the spandex for this great adventure. Cost $20 per ticket, $5 discount for members who have paid 2016 dues. Learn more about this event.
Disc Golf & Hiking
We play disc golf at several of the courses in the area regularly during the summer and fall. Hiking events are also frequently scheduled. View our calendar to find events.
Find out more! http://www.meetup.com/Tri-State-Freethinkers/