Ah, the 21st Century, what a great time to be a freethinker. Skeptical “unchurched” celebrities have snagged the limelight: Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Bill Maher, Richard Dawkins, Debbie Goddard, Jen Aldrich, Tim Minchin… Articulate and charming, they draw crowds, they’re popular, they inspire us.The 19th Century… had Robert Green Ingersoll. Never heard of him? Now you have. Ingersoll (“the Great Agnostic,” 1833-1899) was America’s top orator: an Illinois Attorney General who traveled the nation on speaking tours after leaving office, enlightening thousands about agnosticism, separation of religion and government, women’s rights, the value of science, and much we hold dear today. (He even came to the Metropolitan Opera House in Sacramento, on June 4, 1877!) Now our favorite Ingersoll impersonator, local actor Sean O’Brien, will teach us about the Great Agnostic, presenting passages from some of Ingersoll’s most remarkable speeches, including his strong 1885 declaration about the rights of women. Join us on Sunday, December 27, 2020, at 2 p.m. for a delightful presentation. Would you be shocked to learn that Ingersoll was a staunch Republican? How about that! Atheists and Other Freethinkers (AOF) is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports, among other things, SacFAN’s Speaker Series, which is what you’ve enjoyed for the last several years at these monthly general meetings. We meet on the last Sunday of each month. Join AOF by going to www.aofonline.org/join…because without AOF, it wouldn’t happen. Here’s the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83110309200?pwd=QjVNSU1Ba3ByRjNlc0dmbm5WYTY1UT09 Meeting ID: 831 1030 9200 Passcode: 264760 Or listen in by phone: 1-669-900-6833 Reason Center is currently closed, so this meeting will be online only. Haven’t done video meetings before? Here’s how: Any time before the event: Go to https://zoom.us/download. Download & install the “Zoom videoconference tool” if you haven’t already. (Do it just once; it will be good for all future online Zoom meetings.) Moments before the meeting: Go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83110309200?pwd=QjVNSU1Ba3ByRjNlc0dmbm5WYTY1UT09. It will take you to a Zoom Page.
If it asks you to sign in: If you have a Facebook or Google account, or even an SSO account, just click one of the buttons for those, then sign in with your Facebook or Google info. Or create your own free Zoom account, but this is not necessary. If it wants a Meeting ID (it probably won’t), the ID is 831 1030 9200. If it wants a passcode (it probably won’t), the passcode is 264760. The videoconference should begin. Speakers on, please! Sit back and enjoy. Or listen in by phone at 1-669-900-6833. Same meeting ID (831 1030 9200) and same passcode (264760). This is for the Northern California region.