FREEDOM FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION TAKES ON GOV. PHIL BRYANT
THE FFRF RESPONDED TO THE MHA’S REQUEST
Last month, the MHA became aware that Governor Phil Bryant created a video endorsing the PULSE movement. The organization is coming to Mississippi in April 2019, and Governor Bryant used his position as a public official to endorse the event. This is a clear violation of the separation of church and state, and the MHA took immediate action.
MHA President Kim Gibson reported the violation to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The FFRF then asked Governor Bryant to withdraw his endorsement and remove the video from the internet. The foundation also requested records related to other religious events he has publicly supported while in office.
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor states, “Governor Bryant’s promotion of these religious events is an egregious violation of the constitutional rights of the citizens he serves. The governor’s office has no business advancing a Christian mission.”
The MHA will continue to report violations to the proper organizations in an effort to make Mississippi safer for secular residents. If you notice any violations, please email the MHA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, you can read the FFRH’s entire press release online.
THE MHA IS COMING TO STARKVILLE
We are excited to announce we are finally coming to North Mississippi! We have grown in leaps and bounds in recent years, and now, we are ready to test the waters in Starkville.
Before we set up regular events in North Mississippi, we need to gauge interest. MHA board members will travel to Starkville on Dec. 1, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM for lunch at No Way Jose.
If you are interested in humanism or just want to learn more about the organization, please plan to attend. This is an important first step in setting up regular events. The better the turnout is at No Way Jose, the sooner we can explore setting up monthly events like we have in Jackson and Hattiesburg.
Please RSVP at email@example.com. We can’t wait to see you there!
HATTIESBURG BRUNCH - NOVEMBER 18
Hattiesburg Brunch will be at Cotton Blues, 6116 US-98 from 11:00 AM TO 1:00 PM. Look for the silver colander and pull up a seat. We can’t wait to see you!
HUMANIST HAPPY HOUR - NOVEMBER 28
Humanist Happy Hour will be at Capital Grill, 5050 Interstate 55 North Frontage Road, Jackson, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. RSVP and we will save you a seat. Look for the silver colander once you arrive.
BOD MEETING - NOVEMBER 29
MHA’s monthly Board of Directors Meeting will be held on November 29 at 6:00 PM in the Community Room at Whole Foods Market in Jackson. Members are encouraged to attend so they can contribute their ideas for policies and activities.
MHA SATURDAY LUNCH - STARKVILLE - DECEMBER 1
Join us for MHA Saturday Lunch in Starkville on December 1 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The lunch will be held at No Way Jose, 125 Highway 12 W in Starkville. Stop by and learn more about the MHA.
OCTOBER EVENT ROUND-UP
Our members and allies came out in full force to support the MHA in October. The chill in the air didn’t keep people from attending brunches and happy hour.
We started the month off on the right foot at Saltine for MHA Second Sunday Brunch. The food was great, and the conversation was even better.
Then, we moved onto Sunday Brunch in Hattiesburg at Chesterfield’s. The turnout in Hattiesburg continues to be excellent, and we even ended up with a new member. If you are in the Hattiesburg area, be sure to stop by for our next brunch.
Next, we went to Soulshine Pizza in Ridgeland for MHA Humanist Happy Hour. We were excited to see some old friends, plus some friendly new faces.
Finally, we headed to Big House Books for MHA Second Saturday Volunteer Day. Thank you to everyone who joined us.
Keep track of our events on our website. Visit the event page to find out where we will be next.
JOIN THE MHA!
It is more important than ever to join the MHA. There is strength in numbers, and with your help, we can create a stronger community and a stronger voice in the state of Mississippi. Yearly membership is only $25 for individuals and $40 for families. As a member, you will help in shaping the MHA mission and meet some new friends at the same time. Also, your membership dues will help us make an impact in the state. Every dollar of donations and fees work to support humanism in Mississippi.
For more information about joining the MHA, renewing your membership, or donating to support humanism here in Mississippi, please check out our website at www.mshumanists.org.
For information on all MHA events, you can find more info on the website, on Twitter (@MSHumanists), Meetup.com, and Facebook (@MississippiHumanist).
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