With new age beliefs, mysticism and faith being increasingly glorified over reason and tolerance, our aim is to promote scientific literacy and critical thinking and to provide a forum and fellowship for freethinkers in the Richmond, Virginia area. Our purpose is to encourage public education in the methods of critical thinking and scientific investigation, and to promote open and rational inquiry as the most reliable approach for obtaining knowledge. RAFT is a local chapter of WASH, the Washington Area Secular Humanists. WASH was incorporated in 1989 as a nonprofit, educational organization to explore humanist principles and their relationship to all aspects of human experience and to study the significance of humanism throughout history. WASH is associated with the Council for Secular Humanism (CSH), publisher of Free Inquiry magazine. Thinking can be addictive! For a humorous aside, read “Thinkers Anonymous”.Click “BACK” on your browser to return.
Meetings & Announcements
Monthly RAFT meetings are normally held on the 4th Sunday of each month from September through May. Meetings are held from 2:00PM until 4:00PM. We are unable to meet at our previous location,so until further notice, our meeting sites may vary. If you are not on the e-mail list, please contact RAFT using the link at the bottom of this and other pages for the meeting location, or phone (804) 276-8771. We also meet throughout the year on the 2nd Sunday of each month for lunch and fellowship at the Yen Ching restaurant, Genito Crossing Shopping Center on South Hull Street in Richmond.
- American Humanist Association A general discussion forum for secular humanism.
- The Council for Secular Humanism A general educational resource on secular humanism.
- The Bertrand Russell Society Dedicated to one of the world’s foremost freethinkers.
- Robert Green Ingersoll Memorial Committee In an age when oratory was the dominant form of public entertainment, Ingersoll was the unchallenged king of American orators. He bitterly opposed the Religious Right of his day. He was an early popularizer of Charles Darwin and a tireless advocate of science and reason. More, he argued for the rights of women and African-Americans.
- Robert Green Ingersoll Many of the speeches and writings of Robert Green Ingersoll on infidels.org.
- The James Randi Educational Foundation Warriors in the battle against misinformation, pseudoscience, and fraud.
- James A. Haught Agnostic? Humanist? Skeptic? Atheist? Definitely a freethought advocate! Great links and articles.
- The Secular Web
- Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
- Campus Freethought Alliance
- Central Virginia Secular Humanists This is our sister WASH Chapter in Charlottesville, Virginia.