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Margaret Downey

Margaret Downey of West Chester, Pennsylvania

Margaret founded the Freethought Society, and the Anti-Discrimination Support Network (ADSN) in 1993. In 1994 Margaret founded the Thomas Paine Memorial Committee.

Margaret Downey was born into a multi-cultural family in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Growing up in a highly prejudiced southern society in the 1950s, Margaret became concerned about persecution from an early age. She has devoted her life to ending any and all discrimination against any and all peoples of the world. Reading the literary work of Thomas Paine and Robert G. Ingersoll enabled Margaret to develop a keen sense of revolutionary thought. She became an openly declared atheist and activist in her twenties. Free from the constraints of religious dogma and patriarchal systems, Margaret became involved with the feminist movement. Margaret fought for basic rights such as freedom of expression, freedom of choice, personal family leave for working parents, equal pay, and promotional opportunities for women. Continue reading Who is Margaret Downey for more information.

Olga Bourlin of Seattle, Washington

Olga is editor of The Human Prospect, a journal published by the Paul Kurtz Institute for Science and Human Values. In the past she has served as Vice President of the Humanists of Washington.

Having grown up in China and Brazil before emigrating to the United States at age 9 has given Olga an abiding love of history and a relentless curiosity about cultures around the world. She has written for Free Inquiry, The Human Prospect, Apogee, The Secular Humanist Press, The Examiner (the newsletter for African Americans for Humanism (AAH)), and is an independent history contributor for BlackPast.org. A big fan of the First Amendment, Olga was a co-founder and co-chair of the Northwest Feminist Anti-Censorship Taskforce.

Being a skeptic, secular humanist, antiracist, liberal, progressive Democrat would describe Olga's political leanings. Reading, writing, movies and opera are some favorite leisure activities.
Patti Butcheck

Patti Butcheck of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A humanist since childhood, an atheist since a young adult, Patricia Butcheck has always supported Humanist values and advocates for reason without religious bias, church/state separation, and secular acceptance.

A long-time member of the Freethought Society, Patti is a returning member of the FS Board.

She loves science and learning, and considers discovery and education to be humanity’s highest goals. An animal rights advocate, she has been involved in rescue and worked with no-kill shelters.

Traveling and photography round out Patti’s varied interests.
Charlotte Carney

Charlotte Carney of Margate City, New Jersey

Charlotte Carney is a teaching artist and expresses her atheism and secular humanism in some of her work as well as when she is teaching. A recent painting by Charlotte was used by the National Center for Science Education, and has also had work shown on the Brights' Net (www.the-brights.net) and The Eloquent Atheist (www.eloquentatheist.com).

Charlotte lives her life as an out atheist, adding that openly living your life well as a godless individual — with kindness, respect and tolerance of others — is the best way to represent atheism.
Victoria de la Torre

Victoria De la Torre of San Diego, California

Victoria was born in Southern California into a Latina singleparent household within a patriarchal society.  After a strict Catholic upbringing, she discovered freethought in 2007 while at the University of San Diego in pursuit of a future in the law.  

During her studies in philosophy and theology, Victoria discovered the intellectual path of reason and began exploring a more secular understanding of the world.  De la Torre directed her attention to the field of science, reading Dawkins and Darwin, embracing evolution and the natural universe over the myth of a deity with a divine plan.  She combines her cultural traditions with logic, reason and enlightenment, especially helping fellow Hispanics, who not only have a unique and distinct path to freethought, but also often feel alone, scared, and torn as they recover from religion.

Victoria believes that through secularism we can achieve the American dream, because the beauty of humanism presents the affirmation of our true potential through logic, reasoning, and understanding.

Victoria is the current Community Outreach Coordinator for the Humanist Association of San Diego, organizing the association’s involvement in local parades, fundraisers, and homeless outreach. She is a member of the Freethought Society’s Diversity Outreach Committee, creating and facilitating programs, Hispanic materials and events.
Sally Flynn

Sally Flynn of Pocopson, Pennsylvania

Sally Flynn escaped Christianity some fifty years ago.

In addition to focusing on religious intrusion into government, Sally Flynn has supported Planned Parenthood and women's rights issues, and was active in the civil rights struggle of the 1960s.It took several decades to evolve from a moderate, cultural Christian to a rational humanist and atheist, and Sally continues to be very active in the movement.

Other interests and memberships are the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Alan Gold

Alan Gold of Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Alan is married to Frances, is the father of three children and grandfather of four. He lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania with cats, dogs, turtles and 30 chickens. He grew up in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.

Gold retired from Wells Fargo Advisors as Sr. Vice President September 1, 2016 after 41 years in the securities and insurance business.

He as a BA from Penn State and a Masters Degree from American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. and served in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan 1971 to 1973.

His hobbies are world travel, reading most anything, attending live concerts, Facebook (a lot), sports, especially singles racquetball and tennis, movies and most any art form, artist (modern), writing, gardening, nature, science, photography, bridge, chess, piano, volunteering for most anything, politics, and a love of people.

Gold is a lifelong atheist, never having even a hint of doubt...if proof is shown about a god's existence makes as much sense as if proof can be shown that the Santa Claus story is real.

Since 1990, Gold has been active in the International Spring Festival that takes place in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. He became a chair of the Festival in 2013.

Gold was named PennSuburban Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year in 2015. He is active in nonprofits, including Pearl S. Buck International, United Way, B'nai B'rith (regional and local president), Boy Scouts (not since 1997) as Scoutmaster, Order of the Arrow, Eagle Scout. Gold was Man of the Year of his local synagogue and has received commendations for community service by Wells Fargo, the local municipality, and President Barack Obama.

Bio of Patrick S. Inniss, Seattle, Washington

Despite enduring a Christian education at the hands of the Sisters of Notre Dame and Jesuits, Pat became an atheist as a young adult. His commitment to activism, however, didn’t happen until 1988 when his daughter was denied participation in a Scouting program. This energized Pat to not only initiate a campaign protesting discrimination against atheists and gays in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), but to also address the concerns of nonbelievers more broadly by participating in and eventually leading freethought groups. These efforts, along with pressure brought by others including Margaret Downey, led to the elimination of the belief requirement in the BSA’s Explorer program.

For several years Pat was the editor of Secular Subjects, the newsletter of the Rationalist Society of St. Louis. In that same period about 30 years ago Pat also produced dozens of installments of Freethinking 101, a local access cable show. Some of these are still viewable on YouTube.

After moving to Seattle in 1993 Pat became active in the Humanists of Washington, and eventually co-founded a new freethought group, Seattle Atheists. Pat continues to commentate on freethought issues as well as other societal concerns such as racism and homophobia. As a former freethought group organizer and leader, Pat feels that freethought needs to find a new role that is well adapted to current social and technological trends. This would include broadening the reach of freethought into a wider variety of communities and utilizing innovative strategies to promote our ideas.
Glen Loev

Glen Loev of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Glen reached the conclusion that there are no deities gradually, as he transitioned from his Conservative Jewish upbringing through Reconstructionist, Reform, and (finally!) arriving at Secular Humanism. He is currently on the Board of Shir Shalom, a community for Secular Humanist Jews in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Glen retired from the practice of Dentistry in 2001. His main "occupation" is playing Mr. Mom for his two teenage children. He is also currently working as a bookkeeper for his partner's hair salon.

His interests include travel, reading, bicycling, woodworking, and the intellectual challenge of discussing (OK, arguing about) faith with religious friends and relatives. Glen finds writing about himself in the third person somewhat embarrassing and rather amusing.

Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor of Knoxville, Tennessee

Jennifer Taylor was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised within a dual-religious family (Jehovah’s Witness and Baptist); she was skeptical from a young age with an inquisitive nature. She considers herself both an Atheist as well as a Secular Humanist with a strong interest in community service, social justice, and separation of church and state issues.

She currently serves as the organizer for Black Atheists of Philadelphia; a group that both welcomes and encourages non-theists of diverse backgrounds to become both open and active within the Greater Philadelphia area. Black Atheists of Philadelphia is affiliated with African Americans for Humanism and the Greater Philadelphia Coalition of Reason (PhillyCor).

In addition, she is an organizer for the newly formed group, Humanists of East Tennessee. She also currently serves as a board member of the Freethought Society. Furthermore, she is an avid Jazz enthusiast who also organizes the Philadelphia Jazz Meetup.

Jenn is presently employed within corporate America, has a background in management and has more than seventeen years of diverse management level and financial experience. Jenn has attended numerous secular events, conferences and rallies including The Reason Rally, the Blackout Secular Rally, and has also participated in the Madison Atheists booth during the group’s “Ask An Atheist “event. In addition, she has been a guest on the Black Freethinkers Radio show and The Forbidden Fruit Radio Show, has served as a guest panelist during the People of Color Beyond Faith conference, and has given presentations at several secular events.

Her short term goals are promoting diversity and inclusion within the secular community and being an encouraging force, support, and sounding board to members of the secular community that have not publicly proclaimed their skepticism about religion. Long-term her mission is to help move the world towards accepting valid information related to decisions that affect us all, participate in community service efforts, to help provide networking opportunities/ information, and support to those who have yet to discover their voice within the secular community.
Greg White

Greg White of Bristol, Pennsylvania

Greg has been an atheist/humanist/freethinker since at least the age of 12.

He is motivated toward growing our community beyond the confines of online activity and small local groups to a thriving force of humanity and decency throughout the US and the world, fighting for church/state separation and an end to childhood indoctrination.