September - October 2016 Freethought Society Newsletter eZine

Click here to see the September/October 2016 Freethought Society (FS) ezine.

In the ezine you will find the following articles:

  • Robert Green Ingersoll Peoria, Illinois Statue Rededicated
    by Margaret Downey
  • Photos of the Robert Green Ingersoll Events
  • The Curse of the Carl Sagan Effect
    by Julien Musolino
  • Breaking the Chains (Blacks and Christianity)
    by James Rogers, Jr.
  • Five Harsh Realities of Being Raised by Christian Fundamentalists
    by Timothy Brumbaugh
  • The Life and Legacy of Cleo Fellers Kocol
    by Margaret Downey
  • FS Classifieds
  • Why We Don’t Volunteer and Why We Should
    by Tom Melchiorre
  • LogiCal-LA and Anti-Superstition Friday-the-Thirteenth 2017 Flyer/Poster
  • The Freethought Society’s 2016 Four-Month Activities Calendar
  • Donation and Information Page

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The Freethought Society News Editorial Staff

Barbara Mancini at the Ludington Library, Thursday April 14 at 7pm


Barbara Mancini

Barbara Mancini


On ThursdayApril 142016 The Freethought Society will host Barbara Mancini at the Ludington Library, 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn MawrPennsylvania 19010.

The presentation entitled “Who gets to decide how you will die?” starts at 7:00 PM.

In 2013 Mancini was arrested and prosecuted in Pennsylvania on the charge of aiding the attempted suicide of her dying 93-year-old father after handing him his prescribed morphine four days before his death. His end-of-life wishes were overridden by a hospice nurse and police authorities. His written advanced directives were also ignored and he was hospitalized and treated. Mancini’s prosecution lasted a year, during which time it garnered national attention, and was roundly criticized throughout the media.

A judge dismissed the case due to “a lack of competent evidence.”

Mancini’s case was featured on National Public Radio and TV’s 60 Minutes. She has traveled the country speaking about her experiences and has become a vocal advocate for end-of-life  choice. Mancini will discuss her case, the broader issues involved, and the impact they have on the end of our lives.

Meet Lyz Liddell, the Exec Director of the 2016 Reason Rally

Are you planning or considering to attend the 2016 Reason Rally being held on June 4, 2016 in Washington, D.C.? Do you seek more information and help in planning your trip? If so, you are invited to attend the Thursday, March 31, 2016 meeting to get answers to all your questions.

Join us at the Ludington Library, 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010 on 3/31/16, at 7:00 PM.

Bring your questions and ideas, whether you plan to spend the entire weekend in the Washington, D.C. area or are just attending the Reason Rally one-day event. We will be discussing food, volunteers needed to represent The Freethought Society, activities, and addressing all concerns. We will also connect to Lyz Liddell, the Executive Director of the 2016 Reason Rally, via Skype. She will take questions from the audience and give us an update on who will be speaking and performing. She will also provide an overview of all the related Reason Rally activities being planned before, during and after the event.Lyz-Liddell-3

Please visit the Reason Rally 2016 website at ReasonRally.org.

Stephen Eric Bronner presents his topic

It is our pleasure and honor to host Stephen Eric Bronner on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 as he presents his interesting topic, “The New Bigot.”  

Stephen Eric Bronner

Stephen Eric Bronner


Bronner will address the way in which there is a new and more important form of bigotry targeting groups that have always been victims, but with a different type of language. Unless the tactics of the new bigot are understood, it becomes even more difficult to oppose this type of prejudice.

The presentation will take place at the Ludington Library, 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn MawrPennsylvania 19010 at 7:00 PM.


Bonner is a professor in the department of Political Science at Rutgers University. He is currently Board of Governors Professor of Political Science, a member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, as well as the Graduate Faculties of Comparative Literature and German Studies at Rutgers University. He is also Director of Global Relations, Executive Committee of the UNESCO Chair for Genocide Prevention Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights.

Join us for the 10th Anniversay of Intelligent Design court case

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

2:30-3:00 PM

  • Welcome and Opening Words by Event Hosts:
  • Hugh Taft-Morales, Margaret Downey and Janice Rael

3:00-3:30 PM

  • Steve Harvey, attorney and owner of Steve Harvey Law

3:30-4:00 PM

  • Eric Rothschild, partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP

4:00-4:30 PM

  • Lauri Lebo, journalist who covered the trial in Dover, PA

4:30-5:00 PM

  • Hedya Aryani, associate at Pepper Hamilton LLP

5:00-5:30 PM

  • 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.