Roy Zimmerman Blue Dot Tour in Philly April 16, 2014

Celebrate Thomas Paine Day in Philadelphia June 8, 2014

ROY ZIMMERMAN RETURNS!

The Freethought Society and the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia are proud to co-host satirical songwriter Roy Zimmerman on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM. The performance takes place at the Ethical Society Building, located at 1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. General admission is $18. Students and seniors pay only $15. Don’t miss Zimmerman’s “Blue Dot Tour” and an opportunity to purchase his wonderful CDs.

Zimmerman tours almost constantly, taking his funny songs about fracking, creationism, guns, marijuana laws, government shut-downs, same-sex marriage, taxes, and abstinence across the country, often playing in some of the least progressive places in America for the most progressive people there. Zimmerman calls them the “Blue Dots.”

The “Blue Dot Tour” show is 90 minutes of funny songs such as, The Faucet’s on Fire! and I Want a Marriage Like They Had In the Bible. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. Zimmerman has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records and has been profiled on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Zimmerman’s YouTube videos have amassed over seven million views, and he is a featured blogger for The Huffington Post.

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Celebrate Thomas Paine Day in Philadelphia with FS and the AHA- June 8, 2014

On June 8, 1994, Philadelphia Mayor Edward Rendell signed the City Proclamation declaring that date as the first “Thomas Paine Day.” Read more about Thomas Paine on the Freethought Society’s Thomas Paine Memorial Committee page.

thomas-paineJoin us after the American Humanist Association conference for a special 20th Anniversary tour of Philadelphia honoring Thomas Paine. The conference ends at noon and the tour begins at 1:30 PM on Sunday, June 8. Tour bus tickets are $35 and must be purchased by June 5th at: http://conference.americanhumanist.org/

You will board a private double-decker tour bus to see twenty-one world-famous Philadelphia sites, including the Betsy Ross House, Love Park, the “Rocky Steps,” and much more, all narrated by an expert city guide. At one stop in Society Hill, Thomas Paine, protrayed by actor Stephen Gulick, will join the tour near the Common Sense historical marker.

There will be a 5:00 PM gathering near the statue of Robert Morris located at the site of the 4th and Walnut Streets amphitheater. Enjoy songs, speeches and entertainment commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Thomas Paine Day. Musician James Kloeh will perform followed by speakers Gary Berton (Thomas Paine Expert and FS presenter), Stephen Gulick (Actor), State Representative Mark Cohen, and more surprise guests.

Afterward, visit the City Tavern (6:30 PM) for a Dutch Treat Happy Hour and Dinner. The City Tavern is located at 138 South 2nd Street at Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Contact event organizer Margaret Downey to make a dinner reservation by June 1, 2014. Email: Margaret@FtSociety.org Phone: 610-793-2737.

FULL SCHEDULE:

  • Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel (1:00 PM); 201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

A double-decker tour bus departs from the front of the hotel at 1:30 PM.

  •  Bus stops at the Sheraton at Dock Street and 2nd (3:00 PM)

Walking tour begins, to Thomas Paine Historical Common Sense Marker and Thomas Paine Place Philadelphia with photo opportunities with a Thomas Paine actor (Stephen Gulick). At 3:30 bus departs Sheraton to take some people to the next stop or back to the hotel.

  • Franklin Print Shop and Square (3:45 PM)  320 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

A behind the scenes tour of the print shop by Park Ranger and Thomas Paine expert, Joe Chauncy.

  •  At 4:45 PM the bus returns to the Franklin Print Shop and Square to pick up people needing transportation to the next stop.
  •  Amphitheater at 4th and Walnut (5:00 PM)

In front of Robert Morris statue Philadelphia attendees will be entertained by folk singer James Klueh after which speeches will be delivered by State Representative Mark Cohen and Thomas Paine Educator Gary Berton.

  • City Tavern (6:30 PM)  138 South 2nd Street at Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Dutch Treat Dinner– Contact event organizer Margaret Downey to make a dinner reservation by June 1, 2014. Email: Margaret@FtSociety.org Phone: 610-793-2737.

Prof. Berton Caine, “Separation- A Fading Constitutional Dream,” March 25, 2014

The Freethought Society is pleased to host Temple University professor Berton Caine as a speaker on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 7:00 PM. His presentation “Separation of Religion and State — A Fading Constitutional Dream,” will take place at the Ludington Library in the large meeting room located on the main level. The library address is 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. A SEPTA stop is located across the street from the library.

The first clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution provides that government “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” The Supreme Court, in its first decision on the subject, interpreted this to impose “a wall of separation” between religion and state, prohibiting government from giving even one cent to, or for the benefit of, religion. The Court quoted Jefferson, that doing so would even be “sinful.” In a series of baffling formulas, the Court has since effectively abandoned the Wall and the result is often that majority religions win and minorities lose. Caine will examine these serious Constitutional violations and how they affect the nontheist community.  Prof. Berton Caine, “Separation- A Fading Constitutional Dream,” March 25, 2014

The March-April 2014 FS Newsletter

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Please click the link above to read the March-April 2014 Freethought Society Newsletter.

In the newsletter you will find the following articles:

Anti-Discrimination Support Network adopted by Secular Coalition for America

Free to Rock and Roll by Dan Arel

 Beyond the Golden Globes Red Carpet by Margaret Downey

The Freethought Society’s 2014 Four-Month Calendar

Nontheist Tide Rises on California Coastline by Margaret Downey

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Watch Seth Andrews and David Tamayo's presentations from PA conference

Did you miss the September 2013 Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference? Well, now you can catch up on some of the most interesting presentations by nontheist presenters!

The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to announce that its Monday, February 24, 2014 meeting will highlight conference speeches delivered by the popular Host of The Thinking Atheist and former Christian radio broadcaster Seth Andrews, and Founder and President of Hispanic American Freethinkers and Host of HAFree David Tamayo at the September 2013 event.

Up on the big screen we’ll feature Seth Andrews presenting “The Ultimate Question” and David Tamayo presenting “The Examined U.S. Hispanic Experience.” Both are very passionate, intriguing and sure to get you thinking. The Freethought Society was one of several atheist/humanist/freethinker groups that proudly sponsored the 2013 Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference.

The Monday, February 24, 2014 meeting will take place at 7:00 PM, in the large meeting room of the Bala Cynwyd Library, located at 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania 19004. The library phone number is (610) 664-1196.  The library is located on the corner of a nearby bus stop and the Bala Cynwyd SEPTA stop is within a short walk.

Each informative, engaging and stimulating presentation is 30 minutes long. For more information, please contact:

Margaret Downey Freethought Society President Email: Margaret@FtSociety.org  Phone: 610-357-9432 or Tom Melchiorre  Freethought Society Executive Assistant  Phone: 610-960-2558  Email: Info@TomMelchiorre.com