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Thomas Paine Themed Tour document

If you are planning a visit to Paris, France and you have interest is visiting the places of significance to Thomas Paine’s work and life, please use this document:  Thomas Paine-Themed Tour for Visitors to Paris, France

The document indicates addresses for each location that was visited during September 2017 Paris, France Thomas Paine-themed tour conducted by Margaret Downey, Julien Musolino, and Gary Berton.

Downey portrayed Marguerite Brazier Bonneville. She was a French citizen and was very helpful to Thomas when he lived in Paris.

Musolino portrayed Thomas Paine during the tour. In the following script, Julien quoted the words Thomas Paine uttered in Paris and conveyed some of the most famous statements made in Paine’s writings.

Thomas Paine expert, Gary Berton was also a host of the tour.

The document includes all the information about Thomas Paine that was conveyed by Downey, Musolino, and Berton. We hope you enjoy your time in Paris and will support the efforts of the Freethought Society.

To learn more about our Thomas Paine memorial efforts and related events, please visit our Thomas Paine Memorial Committee Page

Join us to celebrate Paine’s Birthday. More information is available here: online birthday celebration!

Thomas Paine Birthday Event

Thomas Paine Birthday Celebration

Zoom Event

  • Saturday: January 29, 2022
    1 pm (PST) / 4 pm (EST)
    Zoom event

On Saturday, January 29, 2022, at 1:00 PM (PST)/4:00 PM (EST), hundreds of people will gather on Zoom to celebrate the birthdate of an often-forgotten Founding Father, Thomas Paine. Hailed as “Freethought Hero,” and great patriot, the January 29th event will be, as far as we know, the very first Zoom celebration of his birth. Zoom connections will be made from all over the world and everyone will be invited to deliver a toast in celebration of the life and work of this amazing champion of reason, independent thought, and revolutionary ideas. 

The event is presented by the newly-formed Thomas Paine Memorial Association (TPMA), a 501(c)3 organization, with the purpose of educating the public and installing statues of Thomas Paine in Washington, DC and other places of significance to the life of Thomas Paine. 

The American Humanist Association, Center for Inquiry, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Freethought Society, the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, and the Thomas Paine National Historical Association are cosponsors.  

During the Thomas Paine Birthdate Celebration, the Stiefel Freethought Foundation (SFF) is pleased to offer an opportunity to TRIPLE any donation that is received. A $17.76 donation will be matched to become $53.28, and a $1,776 donation becomes $5,328! An opportunity such as this should not be missed. To triple your money, donate at: https://thomaspainememorial.org/donation/

Todd Stiefel will open the program with a few words about his triple-match offer and why the statue project is important.

TPMA board members, including John de Lancie, Julia Sweeney, Gary Berton, Ann Druyan, Marnie Mosiman de Lancie, Christopher Cameron, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Tom Legg, and Robyn Blumner will welcome everyone to the event.

Actor Ian Ruskin will speak about his experiences portraying Thomas Paine. He will share photos of appearances and will include an overview of his “Walk in the Footsteps of Thomas Paine” tour that took place in England. 

TPMA president Margaret Downey will be talking about the many Thomas Paine-themed activities she has sponsored, including her “Walk in the Footsteps of Thomas Paine” that took place in Paris, France. 

Sculptor Zenos Frudakis will join the festivities from his studio in Glenside, Pennsylvania. 

Closing remarks will be delivered by Congressman Jamie Raskin.      

Educator, songwriter, and recording artist James Klueh will perform two Thomas Paine-themed songs prior to the interactive social hour. 

Please visit the link below to register for this exciting international event:

 https://bit.ly/ThomasPaineBirthdayCelebration

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThomasPaineMA/

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Thomas Paine Birthday Event

 

January / February 2022 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine

Click here to see the January/February 2022 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine.

In the Ezine you will find the following:

  • The 2021 Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular Online Event 
  • Photos from the 2021 Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular
  • Do Atheists Go to Heaven?
    by Herb Silverman
  • Freethought Society Tables at University Job Fair
  • 2021 Freethought Society Secular Student Scholarship Awarded
  • Secular Student Alliance Scholarship Donor Sought
  • The Light of Day: John Burroughs and a Freethinker’s Religion ~ Part One of a Two-Part Essay~
    by Chris Highland
  • Freethought Society President Receives Award
  • Freethought Society Three-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!

Secular Student Scholarship Awarded

Secular Student Scholarship Awarded

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.

 The Freethought Society News Editorial Staff

 

Tree of Knowledge event

December 5, 2021 l

The traditional decorating of The Tree of Knowledge continues via Zoom this year. Please join the Philadelphia Ethical Society and the Freethought Society as they host author, Phil Zuckerman. Celebrate knowledge and the changing of the seasons on SundayDecember 52021 at 2:45 PM. RSVP through the Freethought Society Meetup page and where the Zoom link is listed:

https://www.meetup.com/Freethought-Society-Meetup/

Phil Zuckerman

Phil Zuckerman

Zuckerman is the author of several books, including What It Means to be Moral, The NonreligiousLiving the Secular LifeFaith No More, and Society Without God. He is an Associate Dean as well as Professor of Sociology at Pitzer College, and the founding chair of the nation’s first Secular Studies Program. Zuckerman is also the Executive Director of Humanist Global Charity. Zuckerman lives in Claremont, California, with his wife and three children.

There will be a fifteen-minute pre-event chat social that will include a musical performance by performer Gary Stockdale. Stockdale is a two-time Emmy-nominated composer, song-writer and singer.

In advance of the event, please send a front cover high resolution scan of your favorite book so that an ornament can be made based on your submission. Your book recommendation will be placed on The Tree of Knowledge and we hope you will be available to tell us who you are, why you like the book, and what you learned from it. To guarantee the creation of an ornament, scans must be sent by December 1st to: Margaret@FtSociety.org

November December 2021 Ezine

Click here to see the November December 2021 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine.

In the Ezine you will find the following: 

  • Friday the Thirteenth on Zoom / The Very First Online Grand Opening of the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center

  • Photos of the Friday the Thirteenth Zoom Event

  • France 2 Covers the Grand Opening of the 2021 Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center
    By Margaret Downey

  • A Walk Down the Thames Path and Memory Lane
    by Herb Silverman

  • Remembering Tom “Anti-Claus” Flynn
    by Margaret Downey

  • Freethought Society Two-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!

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. 


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