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Barbara Mancini at the Ludington Library, Thursday April 14 at 7pm

 

Barbara Mancini

Barbara Mancini

 

On ThursdayApril 142016 The Freethought Society will host Barbara Mancini at the Ludington Library, 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn MawrPennsylvania 19010.

The presentation entitled “Who gets to decide how you will die?” starts at 7:00 PM.

In 2013 Mancini was arrested and prosecuted in Pennsylvania on the charge of aiding the attempted suicide of her dying 93-year-old father after handing him his prescribed morphine four days before his death. His end-of-life wishes were overridden by a hospice nurse and police authorities. His written advanced directives were also ignored and he was hospitalized and treated. Mancini’s prosecution lasted a year, during which time it garnered national attention, and was roundly criticized throughout the media.

A judge dismissed the case due to “a lack of competent evidence.”

Mancini’s case was featured on National Public Radio and TV’s 60 Minutes. She has traveled the country speaking about her experiences and has become a vocal advocate for end-of-life  choice. Mancini will discuss her case, the broader issues involved, and the impact they have on the end of our lives.

Meet Lyz Liddell, the Exec Director of the 2016 Reason Rally

Are you planning or considering to attend the 2016 Reason Rally being held on June 4, 2016 in Washington, D.C.? Do you seek more information and help in planning your trip? If so, you are invited to attend the Thursday, March 31, 2016 meeting to get answers to all your questions.

Join us at the Ludington Library, 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010 on 3/31/16, at 7:00 PM.

Bring your questions and ideas, whether you plan to spend the entire weekend in the Washington, D.C. area or are just attending the Reason Rally one-day event. We will be discussing food, volunteers needed to represent The Freethought Society, activities, and addressing all concerns. We will also connect to Lyz Liddell, the Executive Director of the 2016 Reason Rally, via Skype. She will take questions from the audience and give us an update on who will be speaking and performing. She will also provide an overview of all the related Reason Rally activities being planned before, during and after the event.Lyz-Liddell-3

Please visit the Reason Rally 2016 website at ReasonRally.org.

Stephen Eric Bronner presents his topic

It is our pleasure and honor to host Stephen Eric Bronner on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 as he presents his interesting topic, “The New Bigot.”  

Stephen Eric Bronner

Stephen Eric Bronner

 

Bronner will address the way in which there is a new and more important form of bigotry targeting groups that have always been victims, but with a different type of language. Unless the tactics of the new bigot are understood, it becomes even more difficult to oppose this type of prejudice.

The presentation will take place at the Ludington Library, 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn MawrPennsylvania 19010 at 7:00 PM.

 

Bonner is a professor in the department of Political Science at Rutgers University. He is currently Board of Governors Professor of Political Science, a member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, as well as the Graduate Faculties of Comparative Literature and German Studies at Rutgers University. He is also Director of Global Relations, Executive Committee of the UNESCO Chair for Genocide Prevention Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights.

Veterans Day 2015

November 10

In celebration of Veterans Day 2015, FS is excited to host two excellent speakers on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. The subject of atheists in foxholes will be covered at 7:00 PM in the Skyline Room (4th floor) of the Free Library of Philadelphia, located at 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This important topic will be addressed by Jason Torpy (pictured above), President of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF) and Jason Heap (pictured below), the Executive Director of United Coalition of Reason (UnitedCoR). Heap is also a Humanist Chaplain and is currently involved in a lawsuit against the United States Navy and Armed Forces Chaplains Board. The case is Heap et al v. Hagel et al, No. 1:2014cv01490 – Document 79 (E.D. Va. 2015). Heap will talk about his advocacy, goals and much more.

Torpy will discuss the vision, mission and purpose of MAAF and how citizens can be of assistance within and outside the military.

Please note that this November 10 event is a prelude to the Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Veterans Day public celebration.

November 11

Jason Torpy and Jason Heap will conduct the first ever public “Yes, there are atheists in foxholes” Veterans Day event, proudly hosted by the Freethought Society (FS).

Please join us on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, for an open-air rally at the Chester County Historical Courthouse located at 2 North High Street (between Market and Gay Streets), West Chester, Pennsylvania.

The festivities start at 11:00 AM. FS representatives will be at the rally site until 2:00 PM. There will be an “Ask an Atheist” table, open microphone, speeches, an awards ceremony, free snacks and much more. Scheduled presenters are:

Margaret Downey
Founder and President of the Freethought Society

Jason Heap
Executive Director of United Coalition of Reason

Jason Torpy
President of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers

Heap is also a Humanist Chaplain and is currently involved in a lawsuit against the United States Navy and Armed Forces Chaplains Board. The case is Heap et al v. Hagel et al, No. 1:2014cv01490-Document 79 (E.D. Va. 2015). Heap will talk about his advocacy, goals and much more.

Torpy is the President of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF). Torpy will discuss the vision, mission and purpose of MAAF and how citizens can be of assistance within and outside the military.
While this event takes place on a weekday, we hope to attract media and the participation of passersby, business people in the area and anyone who can come to the venue.

Why Women Need Freedom From Religion — Now More Than Ever

The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to co-host a speech by Annie Laurie Gaylor with the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia (EHSP). 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

The Freethought Society (FS) and the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia (EHSP) are honored in hosting a presentation by the noted and acclaimed co-founder and co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation,Annie Laurie Gaylor. Gaylor’s presentation — “Why Women Need Freedom From Religion” — is based on her books Woe to the Women: The Bible Tells Me So and Women Without Superstition: “No Gods, No Masters”. This event takes place on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Please join us in the beautiful auditorium of the EHSP building located at 1906 South Rittenhouse SquarePhiladelphia.

Annie Laurie Gaylor

Annie Laurie Gaylor

 

“The Freethought Society is happy to offer an alternative activity during the Pope’s visit,” said Margaret Downey, founder and president of The Freethought Society. “We are asking that people attend to learn more and think about the tough questions on how religion affects women. With Pope Francis being in Philadelphia at the same time, Annie Laurie’s presentation couldn’t be more appropriate.”

Gaylor has traveled the world and the United States to give her many presentations at highly-respected gatherings, including one event with over 4,000 attendees. Her Philadelphia presentation takes place the night before the city goes into lock-down due to the weekend activities of Pope Francis, who is attending the World Meeting of Families 2015 forum and whose excursions around the city will cause much disruption and many restrictions in transportation for residents and businesses throughout the city and suburbs. However, this will not affect Gaylor’s Thursday night presentation as the lock-down does not take effect until after Gaylor leaves, so those wanting to attend her presentation do not have to worry about any transportation restrictions.

Annie Laurie Gaylor is a co-founder and co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is a national 501(c)3 educational, legal and activist organization based in Madison, Wisconsin and is the largest association of atheists and agnostics in North America, as well as a state/church separation watchdog. She co-founded FFRF in 1976 as a college student with her mother, Anne Nicol Gaylor, who was asked to go national with FFRF in 1978. A 1980 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Journalism School, she was an award-winning student reporter. After graduation, she founded, edited and published the Feminist Connection, a monthly advocacy newspaper, from 1980-1985. She joined the FFRF staff in 1985. She was editor of FFRF’s newspaper, Freethought Today, from 1984 to 2009. The paper is published 10 times a year. Her book Woe To The Women: The Bible Tells Me So, first published by FFRF in 1981, is now in its 4th printing. In 1988, FFRF published her book Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children, the first book documenting widespread sexual molestation of minors by clergy. Her 1997 anthology Women Without Superstition: “No Gods, No Masters” — The Collected Writings of Women Freethinkers of the 19th and 20th Centuries, is the first collection of writings by historic and contemporary women freethinkers. 

In 1976, Gaylor’s complaints ended prayers at graduations at UW-Madison, an abuse of more than 130 years. She has been a plaintiff in many successful FFRF lawsuits, starting in 1984 when she stopped the University of Wisconsin from recruiting for churches on its registration forms; the 1997 federal lawsuit ending Good Friday as a state holiday in Wisconsin; and, currently, FFRF’s litigation to overturn the parish exclusion, a federal law favoring clergy and churches that permits them to be paid with a housing allowance which is excluded from taxable income. She is married to Dan Barker, who became co-president of FFRF with her in 2004, and they have a daughter, who is college age.

Annie Laurie Gaylor’s presentation is free and open to the public, and begins at 7 PMThursdaySeptember 24, in the auditorium of the EHSP Building at 1906 South Rittenhouse SquarePhiladelphia. It is sure to be one not to be missed.

For more information, contact Margaret Downey, Freethought Society President, at 610-793-2737, or email her at Margaret@FtSociety.org.