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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.

Celebrate Margaret Downey's 65th Birthday!

The Board of Directors of the Freethought Society invites you to celebrate the 65th birthday of the Society’s founder and president, Margaret Downey!

We are honoring the 3 decades plus (and ongoing) efforts Margaret has devoted to promoting equality for nontheists and safeguarding the separation of government and religion.

We hope you can attend the celebration (details below) but if not, cards, letters and tax-deductible donations to the Freethought Society in Margaret’s honor can be sent to:

Glen Loev
c/o The Freethought Society
P. O. Box 242
Pocopson, PA 19366

For easy donation by credit card, please visit:  https://www.ftsociety.org/donate/

Invitation:  Fundraiser brunch celebrating Margaret Downey’s 65th birthday, for the benefit of the Freethought Society

When:  Sunday, August 16, 2015

Where:  Azie on Main restaurant, 789 E. Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, Pennsylvania   (See: www.azieonmain.com)

Dress:  Nice/casual

In Lieu of Gifts:  Buffet brunch, including entertainment, tax and gratuities, $65 in cash or by check payable at the door.  ($25 is tax-deductible to a non-profit organization.)   For those not able to attend, donations appreciated at: https://www.ftsociety.org/donate/ or by mail to the address above.

Bring  Your checkbook.  Drinks other than coffee are additional, and we will be having a silent auction.  Also, if you like, bring a roast or toast to Margaret!

**Please note:  The number of attendees is limited by available seating at the restaurant; reply early to save your spot.

RSVP:  At your earliest convenience, please, but no later than August 12, 2015, to:

Glen Loev
Vice President, the Freethought Society