Join us for a very special event!
The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to be co-sponsoring a very special event with the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia (EHSP) and the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State to mark the 10th anniversary of the “Intelligent Design” court case of Tammy Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover Area School District, et al. (400 F. Supp. 2d 707, Docket No. 4cv2688).
The Sunday, December 6, 2015 event starts with a free and open-to-the-public 11:00 AM, EHSP morning platform featuring Hugh Taft-Morales (EHSP Leader). This event will take place at the EHSP building located at 1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103.
The 2015 EHSP/FS Tree of Knowledge will be decorated after the platform speech and everyone is invited to participate. There will be music, singing, and books to purchase from authors.
The official 10th Anniversary program starts with a luncheon service at 1:00 PM. The $30 program fee includes lunch, afternoon speakers, a cash bar ($5 wine and champagne) and Happy Hour Closing Ceremony (includes finger foods, music, a celebration cake and photo opportunities). For only $15, you can enjoy just the afternoon speakers and the happy hour. That portion of the event starts at 2:30 PM. The program includes:
Welcome and Opening Words by Event Hosts:
Hugh Taft-Morales, Margaret Downey and Janice Rael
- Welcome and Opening Words by Event Hosts:
- Hugh Taft-Morales, Margaret Downey and Janice Rael
- Steve Harvey, attorney and owner of Steve Harvey Law
- Eric Rothschild, partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP
- Lauri Lebo, journalist who covered the trial in Dover, PA
- Hedya Aryani, associate at Pepper Hamilton LLP
- Question and Answer Panel with Plaintiffs and Speakers
Reservations are required. Please make your reservations as soon as possible as seats are limited. RSVP at:
Join us for the morning platform, Tree of Knowledge decorating party (There will be a children’s Tree of Knowledge this year!), luncheon, presentations, and happy hour.
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In the newsletter you will find the following articles:
The Freethought Society’s Counter to Philadelphia’s “Pope Week” by Margaret Downey
The Freethought Society Reason Rally Fund Raising Campaign Flyer
No, the Founders Would Not Have Put Faith Before Civil Law! by Thomas Verenna
The History of DragonCon and Why Skeptics are There by Margaret Downey
More Photos from DragonCon 2015
Even More Photos from DragonCon 2015
The Freethought Society’s 2015 November Activities Calendar
The Freethought Society’s 2015/2016 Three-Month Activity Calendar
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In celebration of Veterans Day 2015, FS is excited to host two excellent speakers on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. The subject of atheists in foxholes will be covered at 7:00 PM in the Skyline Room (4th floor) of the Free Library of Philadelphia, located at 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This important topic will be addressed by Jason Torpy (pictured above), President of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF) and Jason Heap (pictured below), the Executive Director of United Coalition of Reason (UnitedCoR). Heap is also a Humanist Chaplain and is currently involved in a lawsuit against the United States Navy and Armed Forces Chaplains Board. The case is Heap et al v. Hagel et al, No. 1:2014cv01490 – Document 79 (E.D. Va. 2015). Heap will talk about his advocacy, goals and much more.
Torpy will discuss the vision, mission and purpose of MAAF and how citizens can be of assistance within and outside the military.
Please note that this November 10 event is a prelude to the Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Veterans Day public celebration.
Jason Torpy and Jason Heap will conduct the first ever public “Yes, there are atheists in foxholes” Veterans Day event, proudly hosted by the Freethought Society (FS).
Please join us on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, for an open-air rally at the Chester County Historical Courthouse located at 2 North High Street (between Market and Gay Streets), West Chester, Pennsylvania.
The festivities start at 11:00 AM. FS representatives will be at the rally site until 2:00 PM. There will be an “Ask an Atheist” table, open microphone, speeches, an awards ceremony, free snacks and much more. Scheduled presenters are:
Founder and President of the Freethought Society
Executive Director of United Coalition of Reason
President of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers
Heap is also a Humanist Chaplain and is currently involved in a lawsuit against the United States Navy and Armed Forces Chaplains Board. The case is Heap et al v. Hagel et al, No. 1:2014cv01490-Document 79 (E.D. Va. 2015). Heap will talk about his advocacy, goals and much more.
Torpy is the President of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF). Torpy will discuss the vision, mission and purpose of MAAF and how citizens can be of assistance within and outside the military.
While this event takes place on a weekday, we hope to attract media and the participation of passersby, business people in the area and anyone who can come to the venue.
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Firebrand American Atheists President Speaking at
The Free Library of Philadelphia
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Religion is a poisonous lie, and needs to be dealt with as such.”
David Silverman, President, American Atheists
The Freethought Society is proud to host David Silverman, the President of American Atheists, who will speak about his book, Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World, in which he asserts that “firebrand/in-your-face atheism is not only more effective at making change and leading progress, but is also more humanistic than the so-called ‘nice guy’ approach.” Silverman’s proud, profound, provocative and passionate presentation starts at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 24 at The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, in the Montgomery Auditorium.
“Cloaking your bigotry in religion doesn’t make it any less bigoted, and calling you out on your bigotry isn’t persecution, it’s accountability,” says Silverman, who is president of America Atheists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending the civil liberties of atheists and advocates for complete separation of religion and government.
Known as “America’s loudest heathen,” a term he embraces proudly, Silverman is passionate about atheism and atheist equality. He has appeared on several TV programs for on-air debates, including The O’Reilly Factor, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, Ronan Farrow Daily, Scarborough Country, CNN’s Paula Zahn NOW, Nick News, Hannity & Colmes, FOX and Friends, NPR’s All Things Considered, and many more. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and child. Fighting God is his first book. Silverman makes no bones about his views, and is a very much outed atheist. He can be contacted many ways, including via Twitter, where his handle is @MrAtheistPants.
“David Silverman is the bad boy of atheism and we need people like him.
There’s a tiresome breed of so-called atheists called the ‘I’m-an-atheist-BUT-heads.’
They love to put the emphasis on the ‘but,’ and go out of their way to emphasize
how deeply they respect all faith although, with mawkish regret, they can’t actually share it.
David Silverman is not of their number, and how refreshing it is to read a book
that is not afraid to speak the truth, sans apology.” — Richard Dawkins
Across the Internet and on TV, Silverman has been called rude, uncaring, and fascist (the latter by Bill O’Reilly), but the readers of Fighting God will realize he is none of those things. His methods ruffle feathers, but they work, and they work for the good of all people (except those who make money with religion). As Silverman’s Jewish mother told him on her death bed, he not only helps atheists, but every person in any religious minority, because in the end, he fights only for the equality that is due all of us.
Silverman has been an atheist since he was 6 years old. He became an activist in 1996 and soon became American Atheists New Jersey State Director. He was tapped to be the National Spokesperson in 2004, and then was named Vice President in 2008. The Board of Directors elected Silverman as President in September of 2010.
Silverman was raised Jewish and went through the standard religious education, but never believed. In college, he engaged in many debates with Orthodox Jews, but, since Silverman’s style is fierce but not insulting, he became very good friends with many of his opponents, eventually marrying one of them. Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World is dedicated to his formerly-Orthodox wife of nearly 25 years.
Silverman earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Brandeis University, his MBA in Marketing from Penn State University, and his CAGS in International Business from Seton Hall. Silverman served as a professional inventor at Bell Labs for 8 years (74 issued patents) and a Marketing Director for Natural Microsystems. While employed, he also founded the Alliance of Lucent and AT&T Atheists and Secularists, the first employee club of its kind.
Silverman’s presentation is free and open to the public, and begins at 2 PM, Saturday, October 24, in the Montgomery Auditorium of The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia. We guarantee Silverman’s presentation will stoke your interest. His book, Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World, will be published December 1, 2015, just in time for the holidays. Pre-orders are now being taken at:
For more information, contact:
Freethought Society President
Phone: 610-793-2737 or 610-357-9432
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The Freethought Society is happy to host the president of American Atheists, David Silverman, on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM.
The presentation will take place at the Free Library of Philadelphia (meet in the Montgomery Auditorium). The library is located at 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Silverman will speak about his book, Fighting God, in which he asserts that “firebrand/in-your-face atheism is not only more effective at making change and leading progress, but is also more humanistic than the so-called ‘nice guy’ approach.
“Religion is a poisonous lie, and needs to be dealt with as such,” Silverman says.
Silverman’s presentation will include a PowerPoint slide show and is sure to be informative and provocative.
America Atheists is a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending the civil liberties of atheists, and advocates for complete separation of religion and government.
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