NIA AFFILIATIONS

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

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American Atheists

For generations, Americans have been indoctrinated into believing that we enjoy only freedom of religion; that is, we are free to choose which religion we care to profess as long as we choose one. We are presented with a bewildering array of belief systems and told, in effect, to "pick a card, any card," but we may not decline to play the game. American Atheists takes the position that you have the right to say "none of the above" when faced with the ever-growing list of sects in our denomination-glutted religious system. You have the right to question and challenge the claims of religious leaders and organizations. You have the right to investigate and reject the tenets of religious belief. We also think that it is your right to be free from the burden of financially supporting religion in general, and any sect in particular.

Finally, you have the right to hear the Atheist viewpoint when religious opinions are voiced in the public square.


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The nonprofit Freedom From Religion Foundation is the largest freethought association (atheists and agnostics) in North America. Since 1978, FFRF has acted on countless violations of the separation of state and church, and has taken and won many significant complaints and important lawsuits to end state/church entanglements and challenge the “faith-based initiative.”


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American humanist association

We strive to bring about a progressive society where being good without a god is an accepted and respected way to live life. We are accomplishing this through our defense of civil liberties and secular governance, by our outreach to the growing number of people without traditional religious faith, and through a continued refinement and advancement of the humanist worldview.

Humanism encompasses a variety of nontheistic views (atheism, agnosticism, rationalism, naturalism, secularism, and so forth) while adding the important element of a comprehensive worldview and set of ethical values – values that are grounded in the philosophy of the Enlightenment, informed by scientific knowledge, and driven by a desire to meet the needs of people in the here and now.

We count humanists and other nontheists as the core of our movement but are always willing to work with friends and allies on issues of common concern. The positions we hold and the actions we take are not simply for our own benefit, but for the betterment of all of society and the world in which we live.

 

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

MICHIANA SKEPTICS

Michiana Skeptics works to encourage scientific inquiry and to promote a positive community within the area. Our meetings and events are open to anyone who has the courage to question.


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HUMANIST FORUM

Our mission is to advance humanism, an ethical and life-affirming philosophy free of belief in any gods and other supernatural forces. Advocating for equality for non-theists and a society guided by reason, empathy, and our growing knowledge of the world, the Humanist Forum promotes a worldview that encourages individuals to live informed and meaningful lives that aspire to the greater good.


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We are a brave, curious, compassionate group of thinkers and doers. Diverse in faith, ethnicity, and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to make a difference for the greater good, we have a track record of standing on the side of love, justice, and peace since 1865.

Our history is one of radical roots and self-motivated spiritual people: we think for ourselves and recognize that life experience influences our beliefs more than anything else.

We need not think alike to love alike. On the forefront of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) inclusion for more than 40 years, our membership encompasses all sexual orientations and gender identities. Within our congregation you will also find people with a religious background, people with none, people who believe in a God, people who don’t, and people who prefer to let the mystery be.

Whether you identify as Unitarian Universalist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, atheist and agnostic, or your own personal form of spirituality, you will have a home here.


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FREETHOUGHT FORT WAYNE

FreeThought Fort Wayne, Inc. promotes a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.