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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.


Check for upcoming events at the FS Meet Up page
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The Freethought Society News Editorial Staff

July August 2023 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine

Click here to see the July/August 2023 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine.

In the Ezine you will find the following:

  • The Online 2023 Thomas Paine Day
  • Photos from the June 8th Thomas Paine Day Zoom Event
  • The Origins of Deism
    by Amber Quitno
  • White Christian Nationalists
    by Herb Silverman
  • Venturing Ahead Following a Retreat
    by Frank J Angelini
  • Please Promote the Congressional Freethought Caucus
  • “Coffee, the favorite drink of the civilized world.”
    ~ Thomas Jefferson
  • Missing Frank Trotta
  • 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.


Check for upcoming events at the FS Meet Up page

Like FS on Facebook!

Follow FS on Twitter

The Freethought Society News Editorial Staff

March April 2023 Freethought Society Ezine

Click here to see the March/April 2023 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine.

In the Ezine you will find the following:

  • President Biden Signs Bill to Honor Thomas Paine
  • Photos from the Thomas Paine Proclamation Celebration
  • The 2022 Life Behind Bars: Compassion and Reform Conference Report
  • Life Behind Bars: Compassion and Reform Speaker Photos
  • Life Behind Bars: Compassion and Reform Volunteer Photos
  • FS Signs Anti-Blasphemy Support Letter
  • Technology and Science
    by Herb Silverman
  • A Tribute to Alan B. Palmer
  • Humanism is the Best Future for Haiti
    by Billy Almoza
  • Freethought Society Multi-Month Zoom 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.

Check for upcoming events at the FS Meet Up page
Like FS on Facebook!
Follow FS on Twitter

The Freethought Society News Editorial Staff

2023 Thomas Paine Birthdate Proclamation Celebration

January 29, 2023

Hear ye, hear ye! It’s time to celebrate the birth of Thomas Paine! The Zoom celebration will take place on SundayJanuary 292023 at Noon (PST)/3:00 PM (EST). Registration at the below link: 

bit.ly/PaineProclamation

The 2023 Thomas Paine birthdate celebration is sponsored by the Thomas Paine Memorial Association (TPMA), Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), Secular Student Alliance, Center For Inquiry (CFI), and The Freethought Society.

The theme of the 2023 event is “Thomas Paine Birthdate Proclamation Celebration.” TPMA board members will each read a Thomas Paine Day proclamation as an example of how a proclamation can be written to honor the life of our freethought hero. Thomas Paine Day is celebrated on June 8th every year. In Europe his date of death is used as an official time to reflect upon and honor his life accomplishments. Paine died on June 8, 1809. 

Actor Ian Ruskin will be reading a New Rochelle, New York proclamation. Author, comedian, and monologist Julia Sweeney will be reading a City of Philadelphia proclamation signed by former Mayor Edward G. Rendell. Another City of Philadelphia proclamation, signed by former mayor Michael A. Nutter, will be read by author and educator Christopher Cameron. Actor John de Lancie and his wife Marnie Mosiman de Lancie will be reading proclamations from the cities of Lancaster and York, Pennsylvania. Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of FFRF will be reading the Urbana, Illinois proclamation. President and CEO of CFI, Robyn Blumner, will be reading the Bordentown, New Jersey proclamation. Author and educator Frances Chiu will read the Cherry Hill, New Jersey proclamation. Author, producer, and director Ann Druyan will read a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Thomas Paine Day Resolution.

thomas paine portrait

The 2023 June 8th Thomas Paine Day will be enhanced when more proclamations are written and approved by mayors, governors, and city councils. Instructions on how to write a Thomas Paine Day proclamation will be provided by Margaret Downey, the president of TPMA.

Representative Jamie Raskin will share updates on the Congressional front along with a heartfelt welcome.

In September 2022, Representative Victoria Spartz became a co-lead of House Bill 6720 (a Congressional Bill to endorse a Washington, D.C. monument to honor Thomas Paine). She will also deliver a welcome address and convey why she supports a monument to Thomas Paine.

The keynote speaker is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of London Greg Claeys. His speech “Thomas Paine’s Collected Works: A New Edition,” will provide an update about efforts to uncover previously unattributed Paine writings. 

Providing the celebratory music are selections from a new musical The Crossing. The play places Thomas Paine and his American Crisis front and center. The Crossing was written by Jason Huza and John Allen Watts. Three songs from the play will be featured: “These Are The Days” is a song that opens and closes The Crossing; “On The Wheel of Time” is a duet sung by the characters Elizabeth and Abigail; and “Rights Intrinsic” showcases Thomas Paine’s vision for a new world.