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May June 2024 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine

Click here to see the May/June 2024 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine.

In the Ezine you will find the following:

  • The Anti-Slavery Efforts of Thomas Paine: An Online Special Event
  • Photos of Co-Hosts and Technical Helpers for the January 29th Event
  • Photos of Guests Highlighting the Anti-Slavery Efforts of Thomas Paine (Page One)
  • Photos of Guests Highlighting the Anti-Slavery Efforts of Thomas Paine (Page Two)
  • Photos of Congressional Representation at the January 29, 2024 Thomas Paine Birthdate Event
  • Photos of Special Guests at the Thomas Paine Birthdate Event
  • Photos of Sponsors of the Thomas Paine Birthdate Event
  • God and Science
    by Herb Silverman
  • Betsy DeVille Advertisement
  • My Opening Remarks to the East Brandywine Baptist Church
    by Margaret Downey
  • A Different Defense of the Founders’ Fence
    by Chris Highland
  • “Liberty Tree” a poem by Thomas Paine
  • Freethought Society Calendar Page
  • 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 (EIN: 23-2738574).

The Freethought relies on small donations to make ends meet. Please support freethought, educational programs, and much more by starting a monthly recurring donation of $5 today. We made it easy for you to donate. Please visit: https://www.ftsociety.org/donate/

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.

We want supporters to stay informed at all times.

Freethought Society EZine for March April 2024

Click here to see the March/April 2024 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine.

In the Ezine you will find the following:

  • The 2023 Philadelphia Tree of Knowledge and Historical Overview
    by Margaret Downey
  • Photos of the Tree of Knowledge Event
  • Statues Like Us
    by Hugh Taft-Morales
  • The Winning 2023 Student $1,000 Scholarship Essay
    by Lilac Burke
  • Much is Expected
    by Herb Silverman
  • Protect Science Education in Massachusetts and Beyond
    by Abby Hafer
  • Freethought Society Activities 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 (EIN: 23-2738574).

The Freethought relies on small donations to make ends meet. Please support freethought, educational programs, and much more by starting a monthly recurring donation of $5 today. We made it easy for you to donate. Please visit: https://www.ftsociety.org/donate/

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.

We want supporters to stay informed at all times.

Thomas Paine Birthday Celebration

 January 29, 2024

Every January 29th the official birthdate of Thomas Paine is recognized and celebrated. The theme for the 2024 event is The Anti-Slavery Efforts of Thomas Paine. The event starts at 4:00 PM PST/7:00 PM EST. Pre-registration for Paine’s birthdate celebration is required. Below is the event registration link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82980534952

Sponsors of the 2024 event are the Secular Coalition for America, Black Nonbelievers, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Center for Inquiry, the Thomas Paine Memorial Association (TPMA), and the Freethought Society.

With this celebration of Thomas Paine coming at the end of January, we are preparing for Black History Month by focusing on his abolitionist work.

Actor Ian Ruskin will present a letter that Paine, posing as a slave, wrote to Thomas Jefferson. Paine wrote using this persona in order to emphasize the urgency in ending the practice of slavery.

The letter reveals Paine’s insight into the immorality of slavery and his frustration about Jefferson doing nothing to stop it. Jefferson was President at the time. Paine thought that Jefferson should do something — anything — to stop the slave trade and took the President to task for continuing to be the owner of human beings.

The 1808 letter (written 7 months before his death) will shock and amaze the January 29th audience. Paine’s words reveal a frustrated and angry abolitionist who had lost patience with those who participated in the debauchery. Paine stood for equality like no other Founding Father and more people should know his legacy.

Event planners Margaret Downey (TPMA president) and Christopher Cameron (TPMA board member) have enlisted the voices of Black leaders, social influencers, educators, politicians, celebrities, and others who are impressed with Paine’s foresight and warnings of civil unrest to end slavery. 

There are a total of four parts to the Slave Letter. Following is a list of some of the scheduled commentators who will appear after each letter segment. More commentators will be added as they are confirmed. 

Ty Barnett
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1981117/

Congressman Jamaal Bowman (D-NY 16th District)
https://bowman.house.gov/about

Congresswoman Shontel M. Brown (D-OH-11th District)
https://shontelbrown.house.gov/

Victor Harris

Dom Jones
https://www.domjones.org/

Wil Jeudy, MD
https://health.usnews.com/doctors/winer-jeudy-430679

Richard Newman
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_S._Newman

Dr. Anthony Pinn
https://www.anthonypinn.com

Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD-8th District)
https://raskin.house.gov/about

Teddy Reeves
https://profiles.si.edu/display/nReevesT1102017

Mandisa Thomas
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandisa_Thomas

Congresswoman Victoria Spartz (R-IN 5th District)
https://spartz.house.gov/

Musical performances by Cynthia McDonald will open and close the event. McDonald is a social worker, author, public speaker, podcaster, musical artist and freethinker. She is a member of the Godless Gospel. A variety of her music performances can be found at the following link:

A post-event social hour will allow audience participation. Sculptor Zenos Frudakis will join us from his Glenside, Pennsylvania studio to show us his clay statue of Thomas Paine. Thomas Paine expert Gary Berton, President for the Thomas Paine National Historical Association, will be in attendance to answer questions. 

Freethought Society EZine for January February 2024

Click here to see the January/February 2024 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine.

In the Ezine you will find the following:

  • Overview of the 2023 International Día de los Muertos Secular
  • Photos of the 2023 International Día de los Muertos Secular Online Event
  • More Photos of the 2023 International Día de los Muertos Secular Online Event
  • Seneca’s Secular Sensibilities
    by Chris Highland
  • Do We Need God in Our Lives?
    by Herb Silverman
  • Goodbye Sister
    Book Advertisement
  • Thomas Paine Monument Endorsements Sought
  • The David Henley Thomas Paine Collection
  • Freethought Society Activities 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 (EIN: 23-2738574).

The Freethought relies on small donations to make ends meet. Please support freethought, educational programs, and much more by starting a monthly recurring donation of $5 today. We made it easy for you to donate. Please visit: https://www.ftsociety.org/donate/

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.

We want supporters to stay informed at all times.

November / December 2023 Freethought Society Ezine

Click here to see the November/December 2023 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine.

In the Ezine you will find the following:

  • Freethought Society Represented at the2023 DragonCon Labor Day Weekend Event
  • DragonCon 2023 Pre-Parade and Parade Photos
  • What is a Street Pirate?
    (Margaret Downey interviews Christine Magallanes-Jones)
  • Welcome Sharon Chen
    (The Freethought Society’s Newest Board Member)
  • Crusades
    by Herb Silverman
  • Thomas Paine Memorial Association Update
  • Freethought Society Four-Month Calendar
  • Donation and Information Page
Margaret Downey Portraying Ruth Bader Ginsburg during DragonCon Parade

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 (EIN: 23-2738574).

The Freethought relies on small donations to make ends meet. Please support freethought, educational programs, and much more by starting a monthly recurring donation of $5 today. We made it easy for you to donate. Please visit: https://www.ftsociety.org/donate/

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.

We want supporters to stay informed at all times.


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