“Scientific discussion and debate wash over me like a refreshing shower of reason, cleansing me from the bombardment of conservative, supernatural beliefs. ” From Kristen, a BYS member
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Backyard Skeptics is the largest skeptic/atheist organization in Orange County, California with over 1400 members in six different chapters and growing. We are active in advocating the position of non-belief and the support of church and state separation. We are a community of non-theists, skeptics, atheists, humanists, anti-theists and evidencialists (we need empirical evidence and scientific consensus of any claim to accept it as true).
Besides our entertaining and enlightening monthly meetings (available to see on line HERE) , we also organize entertaining events such as monthly debates, field trips to science-oriented events, movie nights, solstice parties, Skeptics at the Pub nights, camping trips (see pixs below) special dinner show events and local debates. We also sponsor Orange County’s only Freethought Conference in late April or early May.
All of our events are announced from our MEETUP page where everyone is welcome to join. Only Meetup members can see where and when each events happen. Joining is free on the Meetup page but we ask for a small voluntary donation. . We’ve had over 500 past meetups and usually have 5-8 events per month. You can join any one (or more) of our five chapters: Central OC (the main group) South OC, Long Beach and Los Angeles and our informal Skeptics at the Pub which dines at local Irish pubs. Each group has it’s own flavor, but we recommend joining the main Backyard Skeptics (Central OC) group so you can receive all the major announcements. If you agnostic, atheist, or just on the fence about religion and looking for a community of non-theists, you’re welcome to join our group.
Our News sections are updated almost daily – Recent News, Science/Anti-Science, Politics, Church-State, Evolution, Climate Change and my favorite- Batshit Crazy News. Check them out and bookmark them.
Please consider contributing to our cause to make this a better world by expanding the influence non-theists have. Our voluntary membership is $20 bi-annual or only $4 per month donation HERE. Cancel anytime. This helps us support our annual conference in May, webpage costs, solstice parties and more. See our donation page to make your contribution. We are a 501(3)(C) organization and all donations are tax-deductible.
Our video streaming page (click the Streaming tab above). We have many videos from our monthly meetings, the OC Freethought Alliance conferences and monthly debates. Most are free. When the video playback page appears, use the dropdown list to select what you would like to see.