Reason, Science, Compassion, Community… no god required

Welcome to the Flathead Area Secular Humanist Association’s Home page.
     FASHA is a grassroots, democratic, completely volunteer, member-driven organization that provides a welcoming and badly needed community for Flathead-area atheists, agnostics, skeptics, naturalists, secular humanists and other freethinkers.
     Besides providing social activities for members, FASHA performs community service, conducts public-education programs about secular humanism and atheism, and is active in ensuring that the American concept of separation of church and state is adhered to in Flathead County.
     Also, please visit our lively Facebook page.

Join FASHA

     To join FASHA, go to the About page and review our Mission Statement, Secular Humanist Principles and Privacy Policy. If you agree with the majority of the secular humanist principles, please send us an email to that effect. Membership involves your being added to our confidential email list, where you will receive notices about upcoming FASHA events and other news. You may drop out at any time by sending us an email. 
     FASHA is open to everyone, and we do not assess membership dues. FASHA does accept donations of any amount. To donate via PayPal, please click the “Donate” button below.

FASHA Events

Skeptics in the Pub!
     Join fellow skeptics/atheists/secularists for lively discussion on various skeptical topics!
     Generally, meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. first Tuesdays of every month. This is subject to change (see below). Check back here, or join FASHA to receive emails.
     To join the Flathead County Atheists Meetup and get email alerts of events, go here.

Skeptics in the Pub meetings:
Tuesday, October 30 (an exception to the second Tuesday of the month) 5:30 p.m.; location TBA
Tuesday, December 4, 5:30 p.m.; location TBA

Sunday morning breakfast meetings are open to members only. Scheduled dates are:
October 28; 10 a.m.; location TBA
November 25; 10 a.m.; location TBA
To Join FASHA, follow the instructions above.

Friday December 21:
Annual Winter Solstice Party
(the true “Reason for the Season”)
Potluck; time and place privy to members only

Fellowship & Community Service

FASHA members meet an average of twice a month — at informal pub gatherings, business meetings, community-service outings, parties at members’ homes, and special programs and events.
     Past, present and future activities include:

  • Regular meetings and social events with members

  • Skeptics in the Pub monthly public gathering, weeknights

  • Annual Solstice Celebrations (the real “Reason for the Season”)

  • Darwin Day Celebrations in February 2012, 2014 and 2016

  • “Ask an Atheist” public forum in October 2013

  • Presentation by Center for Inquiry President Ron Lindsay in April 2014

  • “The Trouble with Christmas” talk by Free Inquiry Editor Tom Flynn in October 2016

  • Screening of the miniseries American Freethought in October-December 2014 and March-April 2015

  • Screening of the documentary The God Who Wasn’t There in January 2016

  • Screening of Richard Dawkins documentaries, February-April 2016

  • National Day of Reason public-education programs in May 2015, 2016 and 2017

  • Maintenance of three miles of U.S. 93 north of Kalispell under the Adopt-a-Highway program (ongoing)

  • Volunteer conservation work in Glacier National Park (ongoing)

FASHA Activism

FASHA works to inform the public about the fundamental American principle of separation of church and state, and intervenes when this doctrine is violated. For example:

  • In 2012, FASHA supported a Freedom from Religion Foundation lawsuit to remove a statue of Jesus on Big Mountain, a ski resort on federal land outside of Whitefish.

  • In 2012, FASHA successfully intervened when the Fraternal Order of Eagles wanted to move a Ten Commandments monument from behind the county courthouse to a high-profile location in Depot Park in Kalispell.

  • In May 2013, FASHA joined an effort spearheaded by the Secular Coalition for Montana and the National Center for Science Education to kill a bill in the Montana Legislature that would have required the teaching of “critical thinking” (creation myth) in Montana public schools.

  • In 2014, FASHA intervened to prevent public school choirs from performing in Christmas programs at religious venues around Flathead County.

  • With the help of concerned parents, FASHA is monitoring the Lunch Buddy program at local elementary schools to ensure that adult volunteers from local churches are not proselytizing their religious beliefs.

Regional & National Events

Freedom From Religion Foundation's 41st Annual National Convention, November 2-4 in San Francisco
Speakers will include author Salman Rushie, Adam Savage of Mythbusters, Julia Sweeney

Also see:
     
Freedom From Religion Ask an Atheist
     The Atheist Experience
     The Secular Directory / National Events
     The Secular Directory / State & Regional Events
     The Thinking Atheist
What’s the harm?
Street epistemology with Anthony Magnabosco