Rationalists of East Tennessee Newsletter

May 2022 

First Sunday Zoom Meeting

May 1    Sunday         10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

This will be Part Two of "Fascinating Science." There will be short video clips followed by discussion. 

Bring your own snacks and coffee. 

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RET Skeptic Book Club


May 8   Sunday         4:00 – 6:00 PM 


Video conference meeting using Zoom


How to Argue With a Racist

What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say About Human Difference


by Adam Rutherford

Racist pseudoscience has become so commonplace that it can be hard to spot. But its toxic effects on society are plain to see—feeding nationalism, fueling hatred, endangering lives, and corroding our discourse on everything from sports to intelligence. Even well-intentioned people repeat stereotypes based on “science,” because cutting-edge genetics are hard to grasp—and all too easy to distort. Paradoxically, these misconceptions are multiplying even as scientists make unprecedented discoveries in human genetics—findings that, when accurately understood, are powerful evidence against racism. We’ve never had clearer answers about who we are and where we come from, but this knowledge is sorely needed in our casual conversations about race.  How to Argue With a Racist emphatically dismantles outdated notions of race by illuminating what modern genetics actually can and can’t tell us about human difference. We now know that the racial categories still dividing us do not align with observable genetic differences. In fact, our differences are so minute that, most of all, they serve as evidence of our shared humanity. 240 pages.

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Third Sunday Meeting


May 15 Sunday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm


Meeting via ZOOM

The presentation will be three videos from the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) followed by discussion:

  • Will Larkins: LGBTQ Rights Activist
  • Max Nibert: Courageous State/Church Student Plaintiff
  • U.S. Rep Jared Huffman: White Christian Nationalism & January 6th

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Reflections Sunday Zoom Meeting


May 22 Sunday 4:30-6 pm

How are you doing with the gig economy?

The gig economy has just gone through the pandemic and many of the people who run it have come out very well.  Not so sure about the workers.  Are you a member of the gig economy?  Do you use the gig economy to get stuff or help?  Tell us your experiences about working or getting services.  Is this something to live on?  Make a few bucks to get through school or a rough time?  Is the pay okay or do you really need the tips?  Do you have any power?  Bring a drink and snack and be prepared for a discussion.

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Rationalists of East Tennessee Scholarship -- New deadline

The deadline for applying for the RET Secular Student Scholarship is now

June 15, 2022

Please encourage any college-age Tennessean to apply at rationalists.org/scholarship.


Day of Reason Rally

The East Tennessee Chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation will hold its second annual Day of Reason Rally on Thursday, May 5, 4:00 - 6:00 PM at the Krutch Park Extension. If you wish to attend and don’t have a t-shirt from last year’s event, RSVP your size at info@FFRF-ETC.org

2021 Day of Reason Rally

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