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From examiner.com:

If you aren’t familiar with Westboro Baptist Church, they are a hate group known for targeting their hatred towards gays and lesbians. They are led by Fred Phelps, from Topeka, Kansas and according to the site’s picket schedule; they plan to picket several spots in Tampa in the next few weeks.

On Westboro Baptist Church’s radar is the Bon Jovi concert that will take place on April 17, 2010 at the St. Pete Times Forum. The hate group announced that they will picket from 6:45-7:30 p.m.

On April 18, 2010, Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Without Walls International Church, on 2511 N. Grady Avenue between 8:15 and 9:00 a.m. That will be early Sunday morning and according to the group; they are picketing because Pastor Paula White, who leads the church, is a female.

Later that day, Westboro Baptist Church will head to Gainesville, Florida to picket the Trinity United Methodist Church, the University of Florida Hillel congregation, the Queen of Peace Catholic Church, and the Saint Augustine Catholic Church. After their day of spreading hate to the various congregations, they will head back to Tampa.

On April 19, 2010 from 6:55 am-7:25 am the Westboro Baptist Church will return to Tampa, Florida and will picket at the H.B. Plant High School. From 7:40 a.m. to 8:10 a.m., the hate group will target Tampa Catholic High School on Rome Ave. The group will move on to the University of South Florida Hillel and picket between 9:15-9:45 am, before ending their Tampa tour at the University of South Florida Catholic Student Center on 50th Street. The group plans to protest at 9:15-9:45.

According to the ‘godhatesfags.com’ website, Westboro Baptist Church will finish up their Tampa protests and set out for protests on April 22, 2010 in Boulder, Colorado.

Counter protest idea:
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David Williamson, participant of Free Inquiry Forum, is starting a new group called Suncoast Skeptics.

Group description from David:

Southwest Florida Critical Thinkers and Skeptics gather to network and to promote science and reason.

Let’s start with a Skeptics in the Pub event in Sarasota and see if we have interest in Bradenton, Venice, or Port Charlotte, too.

If you are interested in helping to get things started, please be in touch and PLEASE spread the word!

The first Skeptics in the Pub will be January 8th at 6 PM. More details are here.

Check out these links for more info:
Meetup Site
Facebook Group

9.12 DC TEA PARTY – INTERVIEW B-ROLL

*** SPECIAL NOTE ***
FREE INQUIRY FORUM IS GOING TO TRY OUT Aristo’s Restaurant, at 1603 North Tamiami, Sarasota, on Thursday, Nov. 5th, Sarasota. Note this is 16 blocks NORTH of Main Street, Sarasota.

LET MEIGS KNOW IF YOU WILL BE AT ARISTO’S this Thursday evening, so she can give a pretty accurate count to Aristo’s.
Meigs at 941-927-5665 or mg@glidewell.net

HUMANISTS OF SARASOTA BAY AREA (HUSBAY), MONTHLY LECTURE SERIES
HUSBAY lectures this season will be held on the first Monday of each month, October 2009 through April 2010.

MONDAY, 7:00pm, Nov. 2nd, 2009
At The Howard Center, 1400 South Cattlemen, Sarasota. Free, of course!
See the directions below.

SPEAKER: Steven Fiske is in his second year of a PhD program in Cognitive Psychology at USF. He is currently conducting research in visual perception and attention, although his interests span a variety of other fields including evolutionary biology and philosophy. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2008 with a BA in Psychology and Philosophy.

TOPIC: Freethinks on campus! Steven Fiske, Vice-President of the USF Freethinkers, the local chapter of the Secular Student Alliance, describes the organizations and status of freethinkers, humanists, and secular students on campus.

DIRECTIONS:
Our meetings this year are at The Howard Center, 1400 South Cattlemen, Sarasota, Florida 34236. The Howard Center is on the west side of Cattlemen Road, about two blocks south of Bahia Vista, and about eight blocks north of Bee Ridge Road. If you are coming from Tamiami Trail, take Bee Ridge Road east for about three miles, then turn north (left) onto Cattlemen Road, and go about a mile to The Howard Center. If you are coming from I75, take the Bee Ride Road west exit, go one or two blocks, then turn north (right) onto Cattlemen Road, and go about a mile to The Howard Center.

The Howard Center is a one-story white building with lots of parking in front and behind the building.
Map

Questions? Call Meigs Glidewell 941-927-5665.

Think+Drink at South Florida Museum: Have Humans “Beaten” Evolution?

Have our culture, technology and knowledge of genomics taken us out of the evolutionary loop? Do the rules still apply to us? Join Jeff Rodgers, Director of Education at the South Florida Museum for a look at modern human evolution and the idea that, to a large extent, humans now direct their own fate.

When:
Wednesday, October, 21st, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where:
South Florida Museum
201 10th St. West
Bradenton, FL 34205
(Map)

Contact:
941-746-4131

Event Website

Think + Drink Science Cafe Schedule

From Meigs Glidewell:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2000 – 7:00 PM
HUMANISTS OF SARASOTA BAY AREA, MONTHLY LECTURE SERIES
At The Howard Center Community room
1400 South Cattlemen, Sarasota.
See the directions below.

Our speaker this evening will be Alan B.Grindal, M.D. neurologist, expert witness.
Dr. Grindal regularly teaches courses and lectures about consciousness, the aging brain, and other issues in neurology and brain science. He spoke to our group two years ago, and members found him one of the best presenters of the year.

Dr. Grindal graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. and received his M.D. .from the University of Illinois. His neurology training was completed at the Medical College of Virginia where he later served as a faculty member. Dr.Grindal has been in private practice specializing in neurology in Sarasota Florida since 1978. He has been chosen by his peers to be among The Best Doctors in America and currently serves as a neurological consultant to the Memory Disorder Clinic at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Florida State University.
Dr. Grindal’s topic this evening:
Conflict! An age-old problem
Self-oriented and motivated behavior is often at odds with the requirements of social communities. Dr. Grindal will speak to us about the neurobiological basis of this evolutionary conflict.

DIRECTIONS:
Our lecture series meetings this year are at The Howard Center, 1400 South Cattlemen, Sarasota, Florida 34236. The Howard Center is on the west side of Cattlemen Road, about two blocks south of Bahia Vista, and about eight blocks north of Bee Ridge Road. If you are coming from Tamiami Trail, take Bee Ridge Road east for about three miles, then turn north (left) onto Cattlemen Road, and go about a mile to The Howard Center. If you are coming from I-75, take Bee Ridge Road west exit, go one or two blocks, then turn north (right) onto Cattlemen Road, and go about a mile to The Howard Center.

The Howard Center is a one-story white building with lots of parking in front and behind the building.

Questions? Call Meigs Glidewell 941-927-5665.

The 4th annual Freethought Day at Disney is scheduled for Saturday Oct 17th 2009 at the Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando. This is a great opportunity to have fun with other Freethinkers around the state. Meet up schedule for the day will be posted at: http://freethoughtdayatdisney.org/ People participating are encouraged to wear the official t-shirt or an alternate lime green t-shirt so that other freethinkers inside the park can recognize you. T-shirts can be bought through the official website above.

Science Cafe “Hey, It’s Just a Theory” Evolution 101

The theory of evolution is the basis for our understanding of biology, and has been the focus of social debate for over a century. Join Jeff Rodgers, Director of Education at the South Florida Museum for an overview of what the theory has to say about life on Earth, and a discussion about the current state of the debate.

When:
September 16, 2009
Wednesday 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where:
South Florida Museum
201 10th St. West
Bradenton, FL 34205

Contact:
941-746-4131

Event Website

Think + Drink (science) Schedule

Summary of this event

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