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10th Annual Heretic’s Barbecue!

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Elvis has already told us what to expect at this event, and you can read his account here.  In a nutshell, we can expect great speakers and great food.  Plus some fun and a chance to get to know one another in the biggest secular event in the San Joaquin Valley!You can purchase tickets in…

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Disaster Donations

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The last two months haven’t been very kind to the United States.  Multiple hurricanes in the South, and fires in the East.  We all know we need to help, but it is easy to be paralyzed into inaction by the sheer enormity of the damage.If you would like to help out, consider a donation to…

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Mark Boyd’s Fresno Bee Article about Prayer in Schools

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The Fresno Bee published the following article to “Valley Voices”.  CVAAS president Mark Boyd is the author, with input from the CVAAS board and members.You may comment on this article at the CVAAS Facebook Page located here.  On Monday, September 11th, 2017, the entire faculty and students (over 700 people) of Yosemite High School gathered…

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Tenth Annual Heretic’s BBQ!

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The Heretic’s Barbecue is a speaker’s event combined with great barbecue and fun activities and conversation.This will be the tenth year that CVAAS has put on this event.  Every year we’ve outdone ourselves, and this year is no exception!  This year join us as we explore mythology, both modern and historic.  Prepare to be skeptical…

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Prayer in schools

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On September 11th, 2017, the faculty and more than 700 students of Yosemite High School gathered inside Yosemite High School’s Badger Stadium to remember the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a “Patriot Day memorial”.  Retired Navy Chaplain Richard Lamontagne gave both a prayer and a benediction.  And by doing so, Yosemite High School broke the law.On…

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SkeptiCal Conference – June 11

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SkeptiCal is back!SkeptiCal is a one-day mini-con with speakers and breakout sessions.  This year it will be held at the Shattuck Hotel Plaza in Berkeley California. Tickets are $45 until May 15, when they will increase to $50.  Check-in opens at 8:30 and the conference starts at 9 am.See the SkeptiCal website for location and registration.CVAAS will…

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Trump’s thumbs up to churches

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Today Donald Trump signed a new executive order that does three things:It uses the Executive Branch of the government to shield religious organizations from the necessity to comply with Federal law when the law causes “undue interference.”It tells the Secretary of the Treasury to stop penalizing any person, “house of worship,” or other religious organization…

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Camp Quest Challenge!

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In 2011 I worked for Camp Quest as a Program Director.It was in the middle of July in California, and there were about a hundred kids in Camp Quest that year.  What was I thinking?It was a wonderful experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything!Chris Lindstrom was the Camp Director that year, and her enthusiasm, joy,…

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CVAAS Statement on “In God we trust” for Fresno

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Recently, Fresno City Council member Garry Bredefeld (Fresno district 6) has proposed that the words, “In God we trust” (IGWT) be placed on the wall of the Fresno City Council chambers, behind the dais just under the words, “City of Fresno”. QUICK FACTS:Fresno City Councilmember Garry Bredefeld wants “In God we trust” placed on the…

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Heretic’s Barbecue!

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10TH HERETIC’S BARBECUE COMING TO CLOVIS CALIFORNIA!By Frank Pond on April 18, 2017The Central Valley Alliance of Atheists and Skeptics has announced it’s 10th Annual Heretic’s Barbecue!  All Heretic’s Barbecues have a theme, and for this year the theme is, “Mythology“.  And there is no better place to find modern myths than in the pages of…

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