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2021 Thomas Paine Day Event

Please join the Freethought Society (FS), the Thomas Paine National Historical Association (TPNHA), the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), the Center for Inquiry (CFI), and the American Humanist Association (AHA) as we celebrate the 2021 Thomas Paine Day via Zoom on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

Register at the below link
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OAX2WWk3S0CpEVO_i4n5yw

The program begins at 3:45 PM PST/6:45 PM EST with a 15-minute Thomas Paine-themed concert by songwriter and recording artist James Klueh. BYOB to participate in toasts throughout the event. Melissa Myers (representing CFI) and Margaret Downey (representing FS) are the event co-hosts.

After an introductory statement from Congressman Jamie Raskin, co-sponsor organizations will welcome everyone to the event (Annie Laurie Gaylor, Robyn Blumner, Mandisa Thomas, Gary Berton and Margaret Downey). A summary of the life and work of Thomas Paine will be presented in sections by co-sponsor representatives:

Mandisa Thomas (AHA)
Tom Flynn (CFI)
Andrew Seidel (FFRF)
Margaret Downey (FS)
Gary Berton (TPNHA)

Sculptor Zenos Frudakis will show the progress of the Thomas Paine statue project and Dan Barker, co-president of FFRF, will perform his original song The World is My Country. After a short break a question-and-answer portion of the event will begin. Toasts and favorite Paine quotations are welcome

Donald Sternoff Beyer, Jr.

A new Journey Story was added to our Journey Stories page. Read “The Journey Story of Representative Donald Sternoff Beyer, Jr.” today, written by Mr. Beyer.

The Freethought Society reminds you that you are not alone.

May/June 2021 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine

Click here to see the May/June 2021 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine
.

In the Ezine you will find the following:

  • Freethought Society President Speaks at Freedom of Religion or Belief Committee Conference
  • Thomas Paine-Themed “Ask an Atheist” Show
  • Atheist or Agnostic? Does it Matter?
    by Herb Silverman
  • Learning About Baháʼí Religious Beliefs
    by Margaret Downey
  • The Journey Story of Representative Donald Sternoff Beyer, Jr.
    by Donald Sternoff Beyer
  • Defending Yourself from Misinformation via Neuroscience
    By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky
  • Dr. Robert E. Kay: His Life Remembered
    Obituary and Susan O’Connell’s Reflections
  • Freethought Society Four-Month Zoom Calendar
  • Donation and Information Page

We hope that you will remain or become an active supporter of the great work FS is doing. Please donate to the general fund or select a project you want to help sponsor. All donations to FS are tax-deductible!

If the Ezine 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.

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Mayday for Humanity

On Thursday, May 6, 2021, please join the Freethought Society, Recovering From Religion, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Secular Student Alliance and the Secular Coalition for America as we celebrate The National Day of Reason by hosting a Zoom entertainment extravaganza entitled “Mayday for Humanity.” The event will begin at 4:00 PM PST/7:00 PM EST.

Comedians Leighann Lord and Ian Harris will co-host this 3-hour event. They will usher in an array of comedians, poets, and musical performers. All funds donated during the event will benefit homeless shelters and food banks selected by the co-sponsors. Beneficiary organizations operate in a nondiscriminatory and secular manner.

This entertaining and enlightening program will interweave messages from co-sponsors, celebrity supporters, and people who are conducting grassroots community service projects during the 2021 Secular Week of Action (April 30-May 9).

An online auction will also take place with items donated by renowned-sculptor Zenos Frudakis, award-winning science writer Ann Druyan, illusionist Curt Anderson, the Humanists Society of Santa Barbara and many others.

Register for the Zoom event at:
bit.ly/Join4Humanity

Pre-event donations can be made at:
bit.ly/MAYDAY4HUMANITY

You can also donate via test! Just text the code:
MAYDAY4HUMANITY to 44-321

Below is the list of performers and guest appearances:

  • Ty Barnett
  • Sandra Booker
  • Baba Brinkman
  • John Davidson
  • Ann Druyan
  • John Fugelsang
  • Victor Harris
  • Jon Huertas
  • Keith Lowell Jensen
  • John de Lancie
  • Hemant Mehta
  • Shelley Segal
  • Gary Stockdale
  • Penn & Teller
  • Jill Sobule
  • Julia Sweeney
  • Voices of Reason

Bob Nygaard on Combating Fortunetelling Fraud

The Freethought Society is pleased to host Bob Nygaard as a Zoom speaker
on Saturday, April 24, 2021. The event starts with a pre-event chat session at
11:45 AM PST/2:45 PM EST.

The formal presentation begins at Noon PST/3:00 PM EST. His speech is
entitled “Combating Fortunetelling Fraud.” He will tell us how he builds
criminal cases against so-called “psychics” who commit fortunetelling fraud.
All of Nygaard’s efforts protect society and he has successfully made victims
whole again.

Nygaard is a retired New York police officer turned private investigator.
Nygaard has recovered millions of dollars for fraud victims around the world.
His many television appearances include ABCs “20/20,” the syndicated
“Crime Watch Daily,” and “Nancy Grace” shows — just to name a few. After
a break, plan to stay for a post-event happy hour/social.

The Zoom link for this event is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88442718331
Meeting ID: 884 4271 8331
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