(Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 29, 2014) With a major event this Saturday and an Internet campaign throughout May, a coalition of New Mexico atheist, humanist and secularist groups is launching across the state.
The major event is the arrival in Albuquerque of the "Unholy Trinity Tour," a traveling lecture program featuring three former believers turned atheists—Matt Dillahunty, AronRa and Seth Andrews. The program starts at 1:00 PM Saturday, May 3, at the University of New Mexico, Anthropology Building, Room #163. A question and answer period will follow, then a meet and greet hangout session afterwards. Full details are here: https://unitedcor.org/nm/page/unholy-trinity-tour and admission is free.
The local groups forming the New Mexico Coalition of Reason, or NMCoR, are spread across the state in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Los Alamos, Roswell and Santa Fe. They are:
* Las Cruces Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics and Humanists
* Los Alamos Community of Atheists
* Freedom From Religion, Albuquerque
* Humanist Society of New Mexico (Albuquerque)
* Roswatheists (Roswell)
* Santa Fe Atheist Community
* Secular Student Alliance at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque)
* Secular Student Alliance at New Mexico State University (Las Cruces)
* Women Atheists and Freethinkers (Albuquerque)
The websites of all these groups can be found here: https://unitedcor.org/nm/page/groups
The Internet campaign, already underway, features Facebook and Google ads. Banners on select websites will soon be added.
"It is only by publicizing our groups and encouraging individuals to come out that we can let others of like mind know there is a growing non-religious community across the state to serve them," said Marilee Harrison, coordinator of NMCoR. "And the general public needs to know that folks like us are everywhere. We are their friends, neighbors, coworkers and family members. And we should be as free as anyone to express our views openly."
The "Unholy Trinity" event is part of the coalition's way of letting nonreligious people learn that they aren't alone. Featured speakers are Matt Dillahunty, host of "The Atheist Experience" television show; iconic atheist vlogger AronRa; and Seth Andrews, a professional video producer and former Christian broadcaster who founded the "Thinking Atheist" website in 2009 and whose weekly radio podcast is downloaded 2 million times a month.
"Atheists and Agnostics sometimes don't realize there's a community for them because they're inundated with religious messages at every turn," said Fred Edwords, national director of the United Coalition of Reason (UnitedCoR), the Washington DC-based parent organization of NMCoR and the funder of the ad campaign. "Being visible is important to us."
The launch of NMCoR is part of a national campaign by UnitedCoR, which has organized over 70 coalitions of reason in 35 states and the District of Columbia.
"The point of our national awareness campaign is to reach out to the millions of nontheists (atheists and agnosticis) living in the United States and let them know there is a local community of like-minded people waiting to welcome them," Edwords concluded.
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The New Mexico Coalition of Reason ( www.NMCoR.org ) is a resource for freethinking people, uniting the various nontheistic groups throughout the state.
The United Coalition of Reason ( www.UnitedCoR.org ) works to raise the visibility and sense of unity among local groups in the community of reason by providing funding and expertise to help them cooperate toward common goals.
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For more information contact:
New Mexico Coalition of Reason
The Thinking Atheist
United Coalition of Reason
202-550-9964 (Washington DC)