Flathead Area Secular Humanist Association
Reason, Science, Ethics, 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 — and in some cases, the state of Montana.
For more information about FASHA click here.
Also, please visit our lively Facebook page.
And the original FASHA website is still functional, and is still full of useful and informative content.
Some FASHA events are free and open to the public, others are for members only.
To join FASHA, please go to our membership page and follow the instructions.
To donate to FASHA, please click the “Donate” button on our Home page.
Thursday, May 4 — Third-annual National Day of Reason Celebration
FASHA’s own E.B. “Doc” Eiselein will present the talk “The Origins of Religion”
5:30 p.m., Museum at Central School, 124 Second Avenue, East in Kalispell
Free and open to the public, finger-food potluck (optional) with cash bar
Tuesday, May 9 — Skeptics in the Pub
5:30 p.m., Scotty’s Bar, 2205 Highway 93 South, Kalispell
Free and open to the public. Just show up and join the discussion
Sunday, May 21 — Members-only breakfast meeting
Time and location privy to members only
To join FASHA, please go to our membership page and follow the instructions
Fellowship & Community Service
FASHA members meet an average of at least 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 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, intervened to prevent public school choirs from performing in Christmas programs at religious venues around Flathead County
Regional & National Events
Imagine No Religion 7 — Friday-Sunday, June 2-4, Toronto, Ontario
Speakers will include Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Kelly Carlin
Skepticalcon — Sunday, June 11, Berkeley, California
Speakers will discuss the science of race, the anti-pornography movement, fake news, and much more
American Humanist Association National Conference — Thursday-Sunday, June 8-11, Charleston, S.C.
Speakers and awardees will include Humanist of the Year Adam Savage (star of “Myhtbusters”)
columnist Greta Christina, and The Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves
American Atheists Solar Eclipse Convention — August 19-21, North Charleston, S.C.
Speakers will include the legendary James Randi and civil rights activist Annie Pearl Avery
Freedom from Religion Foundation National Convention — September 15-17, Madison, Wisconsin
Speakers will include Steven Pinker, FFRF’s honorary president, and Cara Santa Maria,
Emmy Award-winning journalist, science communicator, TV personality and podcaster
Center for Inquiry’s annual CSICON conference — October 26-29, Las Vegas
Program & speakers TBA
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