Reason’s Greetings from the Kentucky Secular Society! Here is what KySS has done in 2014!
Our efforts helped to expose the for-profit/non-profit shell game and religious discrimination in hiring behind the Answers In Genesis ‘ark park.’ These efforts have lead to greater scrutiny of the park by the Tourism Department of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the denial of AIG’s bid for up to 18 million dollars in tax incentives for the park.
2014 was our 5th year in a row at the Kentucky State Fair! This year we held a petition for fairgoers to express their disapproval of tax dollars being used to build a replica of Noah’s ark in Kentucky. We collected over 600 signatures at the fair alone, from atheists, humanists, and also many self-identified Christians!
As part of our mission to support atheist communities in Kentucky, KySS has provided support and funding for activities held by local Kentucky groups, including Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers, the Secular Student Alliance at UofL, and FFRF Kentucky. If you run a local group, or would like to start one in your area, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can help support your efforts.
The Kentucky Speakers Bureau is now live at https://kysecularsociety.org/kyss_speakers. Check here for a listing of speakers from Kentucky or neighboring states who are available to be contacted to speak at your meeting or special event!
The date and location have been set for the next Kentucky Freethought Convention! It will be at the Lexington Convention Center on May 30, 2015. Early confirmed speakers include Dan Barker of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Will Gervais from the University of Kentucky, and Matt Dillahunty from The Atheist Experience TV show. For the latest announcement and updates for KFC 2015, visit http://www.kyfreethoughtconvention.com.
All of these services and accomplishments are made possible by the membership dues and donations from our members. If you have not already done so, please consider renewing your yearly KySS memberships for 2015 online at https://kysecularsociety.org/join-online/. Your support will help us continue to uphold the Separation of Church and State and to support atheist and secular communities in Kentucky. Donations to KYSS are tax deductible. Our Employee Identification Number (EIN) is 27-2311704
Thank you for your support!
Mikel Hensley, KySS Secretary