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Thomas Paine à Paris

In September 2017, the Thomas Paine Foundation/Committee conducted a Thomas Paine Themed Tour of Paris. View the full report here:  2017-Thomas-Paine-Tour-of-Paris-Report

2017 Thomas Paine Tour of Paris Report – Read more about the local tour of Paris in honor of Thomas Paine.  Julien Musolino and Margaret Downey conducted a tour of Thomas Paine location in Paris, France.  A sister tour was available in Philadelphia, PA during the AHA conference.  Read more to learn about the growing awareness of Thomas Paine. 

July-Aug-Sept-Oct-Nov-Dec 2017 ezine

Click here for the July – December 2017 Freethought Society (FS) ezine.

In the ezine you will find the following articles:

  • This is a “Catch Up” Issue
    by Margaret Downey
  • Clarence Darrow Statue Unveiled in Tennessee
    by Margaret Downey
  • Clarence Darrow Celebration Dinner Photo
  • Clarence Darrow Statue Dedication Photos
  • 2017 SCA Lobby Day and Secular Summit
    by Margaret Downey
  • American Atheist 2017 Convention – Atheists Out of the Shadows
    by Glen Loev
  • 2017 DragonCon Parade Report
    by Margaret Downey
  • Skeptics in History at the 2017 DragonCon Parade Photos
  • Photo Page of Punny Skeptic Characters at the 2017 DragonCon Parade
  • Thomas Paine Themed Tour of Paris
    by Margaret Downey
  • The 2017 Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center Report
  • Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center Photos (3 pages)
  • The Devils That Do God’s Work
    by AJ Fortunato
  • My Truth in Labeling Story
    by Lauren Swann
  • LogiCal-LA Flyer/Announcement
  • 2017 Tree of Knowledge Event Flyer/Announcement
  • Donation and Information Page

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2017 Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference

The Freethought Society is helping to kick off the 2017 Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference with its world-famous Friday-the-Thirteenth Anti-Superstition Bash, also known as The Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center. Please join us on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Philadelphia Embassy Suites (9000 Bartram Ave), as we put willing participants through an anti-superstition obstacle course, dance to superstition-themed music, create an individual unique silhouette souvenir (at a non-superstituous cost of $13), play anti-superstition games, drink Love Potion #9 (also non-superstitiously priced at $13), enjoy our entertainers, walk-through the Museum of Superstitions and socialize with like-minded folks.  Tickets may be purchased for the Friday night Friggatriskaidekaphobia Party only, day passes for Saturday and/or Sunday, or a full Standard or VIP Weekend Pass to enjoy the entire slate of activities and presentations. There are many fantastic speakers on Saturday (October 14) and Sunday (October 15), including internationally known theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss.

What:  The Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference

Who:  A Full Slate of Fantastic Speakers

When:  October 13 – 15, 2017

Where:  Philadelphia Embassy Suites at 9000 Bartram Avenue (held annually in various locations in Pennsylvania, this year in Philadelphia)

Clarence Darrow Statue Dedication, July 14, 2017

The Freethought Society (FS) joins with The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), the American Humanist Association and many others in celebrating the unveiling of an impressive monument to the eminent civil libertarian who fought perhaps the most famous legal battle in U.S. history. The statue of legendary lawyer and rationalist Clarence Darrow is to be dedicated on Friday, July 14, right in front of the site of the historic Scopes evolution trial: the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee.

A local statue of Darrow’s legal adversary, William Jennings Bryan, given to the county by the William Jennings Bryan College, inspired talented sculptor Zenos Frudakis and others to seek to remedy of the “missing link.” Darrow will soon take his rightful place adjacent to Bryan on the courthouse lawn. Darrow defended John Scopes when he was charged with teaching evolution at the 1925 “trial of the century” (The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes).

Frudakis, based in Glenside, Pennsylvania, is creating the 7-foot bronze statue of the famed attorney, to be installed July 13, 2014 upon a 3-foot high base. Frudakis is a renowned American sculptor who has created an extensive, award-winning collection of more than 100 bronze sculptures in public and private collections. FFRF is contributing the lion’s share of costs: $150,000, made possible through the generosity of its members.

The dedication will begin in front of the courthouse at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 14, 2017 and will include actor John de Lancie, who played Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Andrew Kersten, author of the 2011 biography, Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast, will speak about Darrow and his “frenemy” relationship with Bryan. Kersten is dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Idaho-Moscow. FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor will also say a few words. Barker, a professional musician, will set the tone prior to the dedication by a rendition of music from the 1920s. The short dedication will end with Frudakis, Barker, Gaylor and de Lancie unveiling the statue. Margaret Downey, FFRF board member and president of FS will emcee.

“I am honored to be the emcee for this historic event and thrilled to see that both attorneys involved in the trial will be represented at the Rhea County Courthouse. The accurate representation of the trial and the talented attorneys involved will surely draw many visitors to the lovely city of Dayton, Tennessee,” says Downey.

The 2017 Scopes Trial and Festival will kick off shortly after with bluegrass music, booths and other festivities.