A democratic organization supporting separation of state and church, and promoting understanding and acceptence of atheism and freethought in our community

A democratic organization supporting separation of state and church,understanding and acceptence of atheism 

and freethought in our community

Member Writings

AOF Member Writings

Presented for your reading pleasure are the very words of members and friends of AOF -- essays, poetry, musings, protestations, idealized hopes and fervent dreams. Almost needless to say, these represent the opinions of the several writers, not of AOF. Individual authors retain copyright. Contact them, or in some cases their estates or assigns, if you wish to reproduce any of this material.

If you are a friend or member of AOF, and have writings of your own you would like to see posted here, contact the Webmistress via the Contact page.

Finally, this is a small archive. If you enjoy such creative work, please visit The Eloquent Atheist, where more awaits you.

franevanisko smFran Evanisko (Frank to his pals) -- geographer, AOF Director and erstwhile AOF President -- reminisces about his childhood and his spiritual awakening, such as it was, in the Russian Orthodox Church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. To comment, you can contact him via any officer on the AOF Contact page.



EmmettFieldsEmmett F. Fields is the webmaster of the popular (some might say notorious) Bank of Wisdom website, which offers free downloads of classic freethought literature. Please visit and support it! Meanwhile, here's his outspoken view why atheist activist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, founder of American Atheists, was the greatest American ever. Then an opinion piece on How the God Believers Cooked Our Frog. If you wish to wrangle, you may contact Emmett at email <bowemmett (at) gmail (dot) com>. Be nice.

Note, other articles by Emmit are available at https://independent.academia.edu/EmmettFFields




Arthur MurchisonAOF member Arthur Murchison shares a patch of history about Charles Darwin, history's most influential freethinker, and some wisdom from Mark Twain.

A practicing marine biologist for many years, now gracefully retired, Dr. Murchison was drawn back to his first love: the History of Science. One of his literary time-trips put him in the company of many of Darwin's friends and colleagues and resulted a publication about the founders of modern geology, War Before Science (2014, Academica Press). Having spent enjoyable and informative time with those 19th century British scientists (they called themselves "Natural Philosophers" in the day), Arthur now takes us on another journey to the life and world of Charles Darwin. To talk of it or debate it, contact him at <arthurmurchison1210 (at) comcast (dot) net>.

Pat KelleyIn midish-1995, the Religion Page of the Sacramento Bee began a new policy, to publish humanist & secular responses to posed moral questions alongside views from local faith leaders. Grabbing the gauntlet, AOF’s webmistress Pat Kelley was soon submitting her own answers. Click the "Read More" link to see highlights. To wrangle, contact Pat at <pkelley9 (at) gmail (dot) com>. But beware the doggy, it's a killer.