Boise Area Atheists Celebrate Darwin Day

February 12 is the Anniversary of Charles Darwin's birthday and International Darwin Day. To honor his work and the foundation he laid for modern biological science, the Treasure Valley Coalition of Reason (TVCoR) and its member organizations are hosting a week long celebration with a variety of events open to the public called Darwin Fest 2014.

Boise State Secular Student Alliance (BSUSSA) is bringing in Dan Barker, Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, to start things off on Thursday February 6. Local biologist Janet Layne, faculty at BSU, will give a presentation on evolution at 6:30 pm and Barker will share his journey from minister to atheist entitled, "Losing Faith in Faith", complete with some of his hit songs starting at 8:00 pm. Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 N Garrett St, Garden City. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

Does God exist? BSUSSA will be hosting a debate between Barker and Bill Pubols, Executive Director of the Biblical Studies Center at BSU, at 7:00 pm on February 7. Pubols has also served as a chaplain for the BSU football and basketball. Simplot Ball Room, BSU Student Union Building. 1700 University Dr, Boise. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Look for the Idaho Society of Reason's booth at Zoo Boise on February 8 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The zoo is offering free admission for their Valentine's Day themed event. 355 Julia Davis Dr, Boise.

Idaho Atheists will be hosting their monthly "Meet an Atheist" at Solid Bar and Grill's basement banquet room on February 11, 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm. 405 S 8th St #100, Boise.

TVCoR will be gathering for a Darwin Day mixer and social on February 12, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM at The Reef. 105 S 6th St, Boise.

"We are pleased to be putting together a week of celebrations to honor the contributions Darwin made to our modern understandings of biology, ecology, genetics, and medicine," said Dustin Williams, Coordinator of TVCoR. "It is important to us to make our events open to the public."

"We are very excited that Dan Barker, one of the nation's leading atheists is coming to Boise and will be debating minister Bill Pubols on one of life's most important questions 'does God exist?'," said Jake Wolford, President of the BSU Secular Student Alliance. "The existence of the soul, of the afterlife, or of any god, be that Yahweh or Allah, is unfounded and largely based on human emotions and desires. It's time people abandon these metaphysical fantasies and embrace the realities of science."

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The Treasure Valley Coalition of Reason is made up of seven area atheist,
freethought, humanist and skeptic groups working together to foster a sense
of community among the like minded and raise public awareness that people
who don't believe in a god or gods can be decent citizens who contribute to
the larger society.

The United Coalition of Reason is made up of over 70 local coalitions nationwide
and works to raise the visibility and sense of unity among non-theistic

For more information contact:

Dustin Williams
Treasure Valley Coalition of Reason
[email protected]