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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.

May – June 2017 Freethought Society Ezine

Click here to see the May/June 2017 Freethought Society (FS) ezine.

 In the ezine you will find the following articles:

  • The March for Science Philadelphia by Margaret Downey
  • Science Marches On by Angela Mattke, MD
  • Walk for Science in Atlantic City by Charlotte Carney
  • The Washington March for Science as Seen by a Skeptic Cartoonist by Celestia Ward
  • Philadelphia’s First March for Science by Patti Butcheck
  • March for Science Los Angeles, California by Lisa Pedersen
  • An Evening With Lawrence Krauss
  • Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center Staff and Talent Search Begin
  • Freethought Society Merchandise 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!

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The Freethought Society News Editorial Staff

Lawrence Krauss - The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far

On Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM, The Freethought Society and the Philadelphia Ethical Humanist Society will host Lawrence Krauss as an honored speaker. He will discuss his newest book, The Greatest Story Ever Told — So Far, which is scheduled for release just a few days before his appearance. 

Click here for more information on joining!

March for Science PHL on Saturday, April 22​!

The Freethought Society is proud to be a participant and fundraising group for the March for Science PHL, a sister march to the main March for Science rally in Washington DC, taking place on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

The mission of the March for Science is to defend science, celebrate the scientific process, and combat the silencing of both.

There is a lot of work to be done between now and April 22, 2017.  Visit the March for Science PHL page to sign up to help with Logistics, Planning, Social Media & Outreach, Fundraising, Website & Design, “Day Of” Volunteering, Diversity or Science Engagement!  Questions?  Email: volunteer.philamarch4sci@gmail.com

Can’t attend, or just feeling motivated to help financially with the march?  Visit the Freethought Society Donation Page page!