December 6, 2015 The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to be co-sponsoring a very special event with 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 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
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: http://bit.ly/1Md20hU
Join us for the morning platform, tree decorating party, luncheon, presentations, and happy hour. For more information, contact Margaret Downey at (610) 357-9432 or Janice Rael at (856) 881-1816.
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The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to co-host a speech by Annie Laurie Gaylor with the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia (EHSP).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Freethought Society (FS) and the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia (EHSP) are honored in hosting a presentation by the noted and acclaimed co-founder and co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation,Annie Laurie Gaylor. Gaylor’s presentation — “Why Women Need Freedom From Religion” — is based on her books Woe to the Women: The Bible Tells Me So and Women Without Superstition: “No Gods, No Masters”. This event takes place on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Please join us in the beautiful auditorium of the EHSP building located at 1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.
Annie Laurie Gaylor
“The Freethought Society is happy to offer an alternative activity during the Pope’s visit,” said Margaret Downey, founder and president of The Freethought Society. “We are asking that people attend to learn more and think about the tough questions on how religion affects women. With Pope Francis being in Philadelphia at the same time, Annie Laurie’s presentation couldn’t be more appropriate.”
Gaylor has traveled the world and the United States to give her many presentations at highly-respected gatherings, including one event with over 4,000 attendees. Her Philadelphia presentation takes place the night before the city goes into lock-down due to the weekend activities of Pope Francis, who is attending the World Meeting of Families 2015 forum and whose excursions around the city will cause much disruption and many restrictions in transportation for residents and businesses throughout the city and suburbs. However, this will not affect Gaylor’s Thursday night presentation as the lock-down does not take effect until after Gaylor leaves, so those wanting to attend her presentation do not have to worry about any transportation restrictions.
Annie Laurie Gaylor is a co-founder and co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is a national 501(c)3 educational, legal and activist organization based in Madison, Wisconsin and is the largest association of atheists and agnostics in North America, as well as a state/church separation watchdog. She co-founded FFRF in 1976 as a college student with her mother, Anne Nicol Gaylor, who was asked to go national with FFRF in 1978. A 1980 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Journalism School, she was an award-winning student reporter. After graduation, she founded, edited and published the Feminist Connection, a monthly advocacy newspaper, from 1980-1985. She joined the FFRF staff in 1985. She was editor of FFRF’s newspaper, Freethought Today, from 1984 to 2009. The paper is published 10 times a year. Her book Woe To The Women: The Bible Tells Me So, first published by FFRF in 1981, is now in its 4th printing. In 1988, FFRF published her book Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children, the first book documenting widespread sexual molestation of minors by clergy. Her 1997 anthology Women Without Superstition: “No Gods, No Masters” — The Collected Writings of Women Freethinkers of the 19th and 20th Centuries, is the first collection of writings by historic and contemporary women freethinkers.
In 1976, Gaylor’s complaints ended prayers at graduations at UW-Madison, an abuse of more than 130 years. She has been a plaintiff in many successful FFRF lawsuits, starting in 1984 when she stopped the University of Wisconsin from recruiting for churches on its registration forms; the 1997 federal lawsuit ending Good Friday as a state holiday in Wisconsin; and, currently, FFRF’s litigation to overturn the parish exclusion, a federal law favoring clergy and churches that permits them to be paid with a housing allowance which is excluded from taxable income. She is married to Dan Barker, who became co-president of FFRF with her in 2004, and they have a daughter, who is college age.
Annie Laurie Gaylor’s presentation is free and open to the public, and begins at 7 PM, Thursday, September 24, in the auditorium of the EHSP Building at 1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. It is sure to be one not to be missed.
For more information, contact Margaret Downey, Freethought Society President, at 610-793-2737, or email her at Margaret@FtSociety.org.
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The Board of Directors of the Freethought Society invites you to celebrate the 65th birthday of the Society’s founder and president, Margaret Downey!
We are honoring the 3 decades plus (and ongoing) efforts Margaret has devoted to promoting equality for nontheists and safeguarding the separation of government and religion.
We hope you can attend the celebration (details below) but if not, cards, letters and tax-deductible donations to the Freethought Society in Margaret’s honor can be sent to:
c/o The Freethought Society
P. O. Box 242
Pocopson, PA 19366
Invitation: Fundraiser brunch celebrating Margaret Downey’s 65th birthday, for the benefit of the Freethought Society
When: Sunday, August 16, 2015
Where: Azie on Main restaurant, 789 E. Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, Pennsylvania (See: www.azieonmain.com)
In Lieu of Gifts: Buffet brunch, including entertainment, tax and gratuities, $65 in cash or by check payable at the door. ($25 is tax-deductible to a non-profit organization.) For those not able to attend, donations appreciated at: http://www.ftsociety.org/donate/ or by mail to the address above.
Bring: Your checkbook. Drinks other than coffee are additional, and we will be having a silent auction. Also, if you like, bring a roast or toast to Margaret!
**Please note: The number of attendees is limited by available seating at the restaurant; reply early to save your spot.
RSVP: At your earliest convenience, please, but no later than August 12, 2015, to:
Vice President, the Freethought Society
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