Ex Muslim Speaks out about Islam in Hezbollah
Hiba Krisht provided insight through her personal story of growing up in Hezbollah culture and the parallels between that and the state of political and conservative Christianity in the US. Hiba Krisht is a writer and professional translator from Beirut. Her literary work appears in The Kenyon Review, Blackbird,Hayden's Ferry Review, and Mizna, and among other journals. Learn more about this event.
Jehovah's Witness: What do they actually believe?
Cheryl Morton's story personal story was amazing. She also went into the details of their history of the Jehovah's Witness and their beliefs. Learn more about this event.
Human Population Growth and Social Injustice
John Seager, President of Population Connection, presented information on the connections between human population growth and social justice, environmental issues, and women’s rights. With world population now over 7 billion, the impact of rapid population growth on people and the planet has never been more compelling. Learn more about this event.
Rumpke Recycling Center
We took a tour of the newly renovated Recycling Center and learned a lot about where our bottles and plastics go once Rumpke picks up that little red bin! Did you know that it's actually better to have all of your items loose in the bin? We learned a lot and are proud to have one of the largest facilities in North America here in our city. More on Rumpke Recycling.
The Truth Behind Scientology - From an Ex-Scientologist
Chris Shelton was involved with the Church of Scientology for over 20 years, rising to levels as high as the Sea Org. He has now seen Scientology for what it really is: a dangerous cult. Having found logic and reason, he now seeks to educate and prevent others from being drawn down the same path. Chris gave us a unique perspective into the mysterious culture of Scientology. More information on Chris and what he is up to can be found at his blog.
Mercy For Animals - From Farm to Fridge
Kevin O'Connor is the Cincinnati Outreach Coordinator for Mercy For Animals. MFA works to create a society where all animals are treated with the compassion and respect they so rightfully deserve. They serve as a voice for animals through proactive consumer education initiatives, cruelty investigations, corporate outreach, and legal advocacy. Kevin showed us a short film entitled "From Farm to Fridge" from their website that details some deplorable conditions that animals are kept. More on MFA Investigations.
The Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta - What Obstacles Young Atheists Face
Hemant Mehta (aka the Friendly Atheist) is a well-known blogger and youtuber in the atheist/skeptic circles. He writes on all subjects from separation of church and state, to creationism in schools, to lgbt and civil rights issues. A teacher by profession, Hemant focuses on providing guidance for young atheists. His book, the Young Atheist's Survival Guide, was the book we chose to pass out in Boone County Kentucky when confronting the Gideons. Be sure to check out his blog on Patheos. Learn more about this event.
Coming Out Atheist & Why Are You Atheists So Angry?
Greta Christina has been a professional writer since 1989 writing on topics such as atheism, sexuality and sex-positivity, and LGBT issues. She is a wonderful public speaker and is on the speak bureau for the Secular Student Alliance. She spoke to us regarding one of her more recent books: Why Are You Atheists So Angry? Greta reminded us that it is okay to be angry at the social injustices of the world and that there is always something that can be done. More on her blog.
From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, & Women's Rights
Dr. Kimberly Hamlin is an Associate Professor of History and American Studies at Miami University. Dr. Hamlin's research focuses on the intersections of science, religion, and gender. She is currently working on a biography of freethinking feminist Helen Hamilton Gardener. Dr. Hamlin spoke to use regarding her book "From Eve to Evolution" which showed the fascinating parallels of the history of evolution and feminism as they progressed in the early 1900s. More on her blog.