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.

Sole Searching

Want to help? Please visit our Helping Hands page to learn more about how the Freethought Society continues to give back to our community, and how you can make a difference!

Sole Searching

The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to continue another project to benefit the homeless community. Donate your gently worn shoes at an FS event or at a monthly meeting. All donations will be acknowledged with a “thank you” and receipt that can be used for tax deduction purposes.

Large boxes filled with shoes will be delivered to a homeless shelter in Pennsylvania. Please note that shoes with high heels are not appropriate for donation.

The more sturdy the shoe, the better! Boots, work and sport shoes are best. Please do not donate over-used and/or dirty shoes.

Thanks in advance for looking through your closet and locating shoes that you no longer enjoy wearing. Consider yourself sole-searching. There is no such thing as an out-of-style shoe in the homeless community. All flat-style shoes can be of use and will be greatly appreciated.

Please “step up” to participate and imagine what it is like to “walk in the shoes” of a homeless person.

Sole Searching

Jump into the Jean Pool

The Freethought Society (FS) is proud to continue the “Jeans Only Clothing Drive.” Donate your gently worn jeans at an FS event or monthly meeting. Jeans are too heavy to ship, so an inperson donation is necessary. All donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes. When FS fills a large box with donated jeans, the box will be delivered to a homeless shelter in Pennsylvania. This type of “Jean Therapy” can benefit many people who are in need of sturdy clothing. FS seeks all sizes, including jeans for children, young adults and seniors. Please do not donate stained, ripped or torn jeans. Ask your family, friends and neighbors to donate to this effort.

Watch Meetup, the FS Discussion GroupFacebook and the quarterly newsletter for announcements about the next opportunity to donate. Local businesses can be asked to participate in this collection. Let’s find merchants who are willing to help. Please contact FS to request a poster that can be used to gather jeans from the public-at-large.

Jump Into the Jean Pool

Partnering to Help the Homeless

The Freethought Society’s (FS) Helping Hands Committee has partnered with a local homeless shelter to provide needed items. Safe Harbor is a homeless shelter located in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Safe Harbor is located at 20 North Matlack Street in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The facility has been open for over twenty years. During frequent visits to the facility, no religious literature or symbols are displayed. Safe Harbor is known specifically as a secular non-discriminatory 501(c)3 non-profit organization. There is no religious testing for services, the facility does not promote, endorse or support any particular religious belief. All visitors are welcome.

There are many jobs to do at Safe Harbor. Volunteers are needed for laundry duty, health advocacy (scheduling doctor appointments, providing transportation to doctors and hospitals, etc.), cleaning, and maintenance of the facility. Please visit www.safeharborofgwc.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Twice a year (in celebration of Spring and/or Winter), FS would like to provide some of the following items needed at Safe Harbor:

Cleaning Supplies

  • Windex, bleach, toilet bowl cleaner, Clorox wipes, all-purpose spray cleaner, dish detergent, Brillo pads, Magic Erasers, cleaning rags

Women’s Needs

  • Panties, sports bras, socks, slippers, feminine hygiene products, pajama pants

Personal Care Items

  • Deodorant, razors, shaving cream, Tylenol/Advil, cold medicine, cough drops/lozenges

Food Items

  • Individual snack packs, coffee, creamer, cups, sugar/sugar substitute packets, powdered juice mix, iced tea mix

Men’s Needs

  • Boxers, undershirts, socks, hooded sweatshirts, sweat pants, pajama pants


  • Bus tokens, paper towels and napkins, tote bags, duffle bags, backpacks, hats, scarves, gloves

Donations can be given at any FS meeting. The items will be delivered to Safe Harbor. A tax-deduction receipt will be provided to donors requesting one.

Helping the Homeless

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.

November-December 2015 Newsletter

Click here for the November December 2015 Newsletter

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

Donation, FS Information, and Volunteer Page

We hope that you will remain or become an active supporter of the great work FS is doing for the nontheist community.

Please donate to the general fund or select a project you want to help sponsor. All donations to FS are tax-deductible!

If the newsletter inspires you to become more actively involved with FS, please provide us with your contact information, including your phone number and mailing address.

Special events are being planned in your area so don’t miss an opportunity to participate further. All personal information is confidential and will not be shared with other organizations.

We want supporters to stay informed at all times. To keep updated about events, meetings and issues, please sign up to participate in the FS Discussion List.

Check for upcoming events at the FS Meet Up page.

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Veterans Day 2015

November 10

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.

November 11

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:

Margaret Downey
Founder and President of the Freethought Society

Jason Heap
Executive Director of United Coalition of Reason

Jason Torpy
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.