Atheist Community of Austin
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The Atheist Community of Austin (ACA) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1996, based in Austin, Texas. Their goal is to promote positive atheism and the separation of church and state. Matt Dillahunty is the current president of the ACA since 2019; Matt Dillahunty served as president from 2006 to 2013.
ACA activities are posted in the calendar found at on their website. The activities are divided in to the following categories:
The ACA hosts weekly events in which members and interested third parties can join them for food, drink and discussion. There are also regular outings, such as trips to the zoo and the hiring of a boat to go watch Austin's bat population.
There is a monthly lecture series, normally hosted at the Austin History Center. A schedule of lectures is posted on the ACA website, the lectures following the skeptical/atheist theme of the ACA.
The Atheist Experience
The ACA sponsors a weekly Austin-based webcast and cable access television show. The Atheist Experience is hosted by Matt Dillahunty, and is a discussion show inviting calls from the viewers. The show is streamed over the Internet, offered as a podcast, and clips are unofficially posted to YouTube. A line is reserved for Austin callers, and theists are encouraged to participate in the show - so long they have better arguments than "open your heart to Jaysus and yawl see that he's real!" The Atheist Experience airs each Sunday from 16:30 to 18:00 Central Time.
The Non-Prophets is a bi-weekly radio show, hosted by Denis Loubet, currently featuring two to three people from the ACA. The show has occasional guests, but mostly it's a laid-back discussion of atheist-related news items. The show is delivered via streaming and a podcast. Although calls are not invited, there is a chat-room that is loosely monitored by the hosts. There are occasional guests on the show, the most notable being PZ Myers. Non-Prophets Radio airs on Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:30 Central Time.
In August of 2011 the ACA started sponsoring another podcast entitled Godless Bitches, which focuses on atheist and feminist issues. The show features an all female cast which are members of the ACA including Beth Presswood, Tracie Harris and Jen Peeples. Matt Dillahunty, while not appearing in the show itself, does handle production of the show.
In July 2019 the ACA contracted secondhand controversy from a YouTuber known as Rationality Rules (real name Stephen Woodford). On March 29, Rationality Rules, a YouTube atheist skeptic, had created a video on trans people in women's sports which contained factually incorrect statements and rhetoric some describe as transphobic. On April 28-May Rationality Rules went on the ACA show Atheist Experience and the controversial video was not mentioned. Members of the Social Media Specialist (SMS) team quit after the show. Eric Murphy, the Director of Communications, whom this team responds to, stepped down shortly after. Then, on May 9 the ACA released an apology letter for having Rationality Rules (real name Stephen Woodford) on the show in which they stated their support for the trans community and called the videos transphobic. Many within the organization, including Matt Dillahunty, stated that they disagree with ascribing malice to Rationality Rules. Rationality Rules at the time had already conceded that he was misinformed. Then, on May 16, the ACA released an apology letter where they apologized for ascribing malice and reaffirmed their support for the LGBTQ+ community. In response to the controversy many hosts and volunteers have left the ACA.
- Skeptics in the Pub
- Skeptics Canada
- Iron Chariots
- The Atheist Experience
- The official Youtube channel
- The official Subreddit
- ACA calendar of events
- The ACA Bat Cruise, 2009
- ACA Lecture Series schedule