The Cowtown Humanist

A chapter of the American Humanist Association and The Alliance of Secular Humanist Societies.

February 2002 Volume 3,  No. 11




Next Meeting

This month's meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, at Westside Unitarian Universalist Church, 6901 McCart. January 9. The speaker is Humanist member Russell Elleven, and he will be talking about the legacy of Charles Darwin. See below for details.



Last month

Professor Earl Martin, from the Texas Wesleyan Univ. School of Law, spoke on Governor Perry's misguided foray into the issue of government-sanctioned public prayer. Professor Martin showed that when it comes to government-sanctioned public prayer, the Gov has little (actually, NO Constitutional standing). Then, adding ignorance to injury, he showed how Perry's public statements were, at best, misinformed, and most likely, just plain wrong.


When it was all done, the good professor had chopped up Mr. Perry better than a Benihana chef, and it was jolly good fun to watch. Our thanks to all who attended -- and to Professor Martin.



Officers and A Gentlewoman

Hard to believe it, but almost a year has passed since we the new officers were installed. It's time again to start thinking about elections, which occur in March. Here are the offices we have, and a short description of their responsibilities:


Chairman: Arranges for speaker, schedules and runs meetings, represents group. Also gets to fool around with interns.

Vice Chair: Assists with meetings, other events. Also plans all outings that involve vice.

Treasurer: Maintains roster, handles dues and bookkeeping. Works closely with accountants from Arthur Anderson.


We are VERY interested in getting some new people to serve as officers for the next term. If you are at all interested, or have some questions about the positions, don't hesistate to contact one of the officers or myself. We have grown a lot in the last three years, but there is still much more to do . . . and did I mention that we are interested in having some new people serve?



Talk dirty to me

If you've driven down Granbury Road lately, you know that our little adopt-a-street is badly in need of another clean-up. So we're gonna get on it . . . the next trash pick-up will be Saturday, Feb. 16. If you haven't been before, the pick is fun and relatively fast; if enough people come, we should be done in less than two hours.


We will meet at 8 a.m. at the medical office on the corner of University and Granbury. Afterward, we will convene from breakfast, and to consider who encountered the loudest-barking dog. If you can attend, please RSVP to the Yahoo Group, or to me directly. Be sure to have bright clothing, sturdy shoes and a pair of gloves; a rosary is optional.



Book-burning opportunity!

Say, have you read any good Humanist novels lately? If you haven't, this may be your opportunity: Dale McGowan has written a new satirical novel with humanist themes. McGowan's book takes a humorous, but critical look at religion, and as we all know, that's a risky thing to do -- especially if you are a professor at a Catholic college, as McGowan is.

McGowan's novel has gotten some nice early reviews (although not of course, from his local archbishop). But he's hoping to generate some interest and support from we Humanists. The name of the book is "Calling Bernadette's Bluff."  It will be availabe at and other outlets in March, or you can get a copy now through the publisher's website,  We encourage you to support these Humanist works. 

Reminder 1

The Atheist Alliance International convention  will be held March 29-31, 2002, at D/FW Airport. They have an excellent lineup of speakers. For detailed information, check out the Metroplex Atheists website,



Reminder 2

As you may recall, we have agreed to be one of the partner organizations in the upcoming forum on anti-terrorism laws and civil rights. The forum  will be held Saturday, March 16, at the TWU main campus. The expected panelists include U.S. Rep Martin Frost; Don Jackson, ACLU, and Lynn Rambo, TWU Law Professor. We will need some volunteers to assist with putting this event together; if you can donate even a little bit of time and energy (or a really large sum of money), please let us know. Thanks!



Saved by the Dinner Bell

Don't forget that everyone is welcome to join us for dinner before the meeting. This month, we'll be meeting at 5:15 at TGI Friday's, at the intersection of South Hulen Street and I-20. Be sure to get there promptly -- last one done has to do the dishes!



Next month

Our very own Russell Elleven, organization founder, ordained Humanist minister and TCU professor erroneous (or something like that) will be our speaker. The title of his program is, "Darwin: What the Hell was He Thinking?"


Now, that alone should be enough to entice you to come. But if by some chance you have never heard one of Russell's talks, you should know that he is always gives a thought-provoking and amusing presentation. His talks consistently draw a large turnout, even on the times when he doesn't buy drinks for everyone afterward. Don't miss it!



Did you know?

In addition to being a cellar -- er, stellar, public speaker, Russell also is an ordained Humanist Minister. He can perform wedding ceremonies for a variety of services, Humanist or otherwise. If you're interested, you can contact him at 817-370-2171, or e-mail him at



Just for fun

Question: How do you get holy water?

Answer: Boil the hell out of it.


Hope to see you on the 13th,





How to reach us


Jeff Rodriguez, Chairman



Mike Haney, Vice Chairman


Bruce Berggren, Treasurer