RET News June 2019 CE

Rationalists of East Tennessee Newsletter

June 2019


First Sunday Meeting

June 2         Sunday          10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.                         

Pellissippi State Community College, Goins Administration Building, Cafeteria Annex

This will be a "bring your own topic" discussion. Topics will be chosen at random from those submitted with 15 - 20 minutes spent on each.  Current events, issues important to you, personal events ...  

Last "bring your own topic" meeting included these subjects: 

  • Is America becoming a Christian Theocracy?
  • Should law enforcement agents have access to DNA sites?
  • What causes wars?
  • Is evolution compatible with religion?
  • What are the scientific positions of RET members?
  • Should we go to Mars?
  • What defines whether you are a man or a woman or neither?
  • How do Trump supporters justify his behavior?
  • Are we over-doing screen time?
  • What future discoveries will we miss out on because we won't live long enough?
  • Is it immoral for commodities, but not people, to flow across borders?

Come early for coffee and conversation.     Get Directions


Freethought Forum TV

June 5, 12, 19, 26          Wednesdays          6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

FFTV, presented in conjunction with the Atheist Society of Knoxville, is broadcast each Wednesday, 6:30–7:30 p.m. on Knoxville's Community TV.  Call in (865-215-2288) with questions and comments. 

The program can be seen live on the internet at In the Knoxville area it can be viewed on the following channels - Xfinity (Comcast), Channel 12; WOW! (Knology), Channel 6; Charter, Channel 193; AT&T U-verse, Channel 99.

Skeptic Book Club

June 9        Sunday        2:004:00 p.m.   

Books-A-Million, 8513 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 37919 

                   Workers' Tales: Socialist Fairy Tales, Fables, and Allegories from Great Britain

Workers Tales (Oddly Modern Fairly Tales)
by Michael Rosen, is a collection of political tales first published in British workers'


Summer Solstice Party

June 15          Saturday          5:00–9:00 p.m. 

Hosted by Aleta and Carl Ledendecker

For directions, email or call 865-724-5273

Potluck and BYOB.  Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and musical instruments.  Badminton, bocce, and swimming!  (This is a kid-friendly event, but all children using the swimming pool must be monitored by a parent.)

All local Freethought groups are invited!


June 16        Sunday         NO THIRD SUNDAY MEETING     Happy Father's Day!


June 23          Sunday          1:00–3:30 p.m. 

Pot Luck and Discussion              Hosted by Bob Morris, 140 Greystone Drive, Oak Ridge 37830

Where is the Secular movement going?  We have seen the chipping away at abortion & LGBTQ rights, the continuation of wealth inequality, the pushing of religious liberty in the area of discrimination rather than inclusion, and health care reform stagnation.  There also seems to be a disregard for the proper function of government.   There are about two dozen candidates in the democratic field, some far to the left; and there are gains in Europe by the Green Party.  Should the Secular movement tack to center to try and support another neoliberal because this would be the best chance of winning or should it push its own agenda hoping that the country is ready for a real change?  Can it get its act together to vote as a block or will it be its usual scattered self?  Is it left of center, center, or no clear direction?

Please bring a dish or snacks for the usual pot luck, and Bob will provide some drinks and paper dinnerware. If you have strong legs, please park at the bottom of the driveway so others have less of a climb.




Knox Pridefest,  June 22, Mary Costa Plaza at the Civic Coliseum --Volunteers are needed to help at a table for Knox Pridefest.  Contact Aleta for further details.

Missing: The vinyl used for the RET billboard:  "Don't believe in god?  You are not alone!"  Check to see if you have it. Contact anyone on the RET board if you find it.


OTHER AREA SECULAR ACTIVITIES                         

Atheist Society of Knoxville, Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, 200 East Jackson Avenue, Knoxville 37915. Conversation, food, and drink.

East Tennessee Chapter, Freedom from Religion Foundation, 6:00 p.m., third Wednesday of alternate months, Earth Fare, Turkey Creek, Knoxville. The next meeting will be Wednesday, July 17.

Sunday Assembly Knoxville (Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More)
The Concourse, 944 Blackstock Avenue, Knoxville 37921. Sunday Assembly sites: Facebook, Meetup, Email.


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