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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.

Secular Day of the Dead 2023

The Freethought Society will once again cosponsor an international Secular Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Secular Zoom event on ThursdayNovember 22023. The bilingual event will start at 4:00 PM (PDT)/7:00 PM (EDT). Other sponsors are Hispanic American Freethinkers, Black Nonbelievers, Center For Inquiry, Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Secular Coalition for America.

If you would like to see a pre-event video addressing the “appropriations” question, please log into to the event 15-minutes early. We will be showing the 2022 educational and entertaining video created by Secular Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Secular board member Memo Benumea. The video can also be seen any time at the below link:

A Secular Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Secular event is a celebration of life. Nontheist Hispanics view this day as a perfect way to remember the legacies of dead loved ones in a way that does not require prayer, church, or religious dogma. To nontheists our legacies are our afterlife. More and more people are abandoning their religious upbringing but still want to celebrate the beauty of their culture. This is why a Secular Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Secular event was created.

The 2023 event will include many secularly designed Hispanic traditions and rituals that celebrate life legacies, cultural heritage, and our one and only life. All are welcome. 

We are pleased to host author Hector A. Garcia as the 2023 keynote speaker. Garcia is the author of Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression and Sex, Power, And Partisanship. 

Actor Jon Huertas will open the program with a special message. He has starred in the television series This is UsCastle, and many others. He is also a Hollywood director and producer. 

The 2023 Secular Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Secular program will include musical performances and unique presentations by Rolando ÁvilaMartin BonfilAbraham Lopez LeFuenteDaniel Zepeda, and Salvador Leon Beltrán.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in the honoring ceremony. Three-to-five-minute videos can be sent to the following event organizer: margaret@FtSociety.org. Videos must be received by October 8, 2023. If honoring the life of a loved one on the evening of the event, please keep memorial remarks under five minutes.

Prizes will be awarded for the best Zoom box decor, face painting, honoring table, and hair/hat adornment. 

Below is the international event registration link as well as the Freethought Society Meetup page link:

Pre-Registration Required: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsd-qtpj4qGtOCULSJDr-IaO17vI8OVwJY

Freethought Society Meetup Link: 

https://www.meetup.com/freethought-society-meetup/events/295954816/

January February 2023 Freethought Society Ezine

Click here to see the January/February 2023 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine.

In the Ezine you will find the following: 

  • The 2022 Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular Online Event
  • Photos From the 2022 Día de los Muertos Secular Event
  • HumanLight 2022
  • Yes, I am Islamophobic*
    by Glen Loev
  • Everyone is a Blasphemer
    by Herb Silverman
  • House Bill 6720 Signed Into Law by President Biden
  • My Secular Student Stance is Unwavering
    by Octavius Tan
  • The 2022 Tree of Knowledge Decorating Event
  • The Murambi Youth Humanist Organization’s Beekeeping Project
    by Mumbere Rafert
  • Freethought Society Five-Month 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).

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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Follow FS on Twitter

The Freethought Society News Editorial Staff

Secular Day of the Dead Nov 2022

The Freethought Society will once again cosponsor a Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Zoom event on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. The bilingual event will start at 3:45 PM (PST)/6:45 PM (EST). Other sponsors are Center For Inquiry, Hispanic American Freethinkers, American Ethical Union, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The registration link is: http://vh9d.2.vu/12

A Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular event is a celebration of life. Nontheist Hispanics view the Secular Day of the Dead as a perfect way to remember the legacies of dead loved ones in a way that does not require prayer, church, or religious dogma. To nontheists, our legacies are our afterlife. More and more people are abandoning their religious upbringing but still want to celebrate the beauty of their culture. This is why a Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular event was created.

The 2022 event will include many secularly designed Hispanic traditions and rituals that celebrate our one and only life, legacies, and cultural heritage. All are welcome.

We are pleased to host author Fernando Alcantar as the 2022 speaker. Actor Jon Huertas will open the program with a special message.

The Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular program will include performances by Luis Alberto Torres Castro, Kaneko Leyva, Juan Antonio Garcia Hernandez, Daniel Zepeda, and Salvador Leon.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in the honoring ceremony. Prizes will be awarded to the best Zoom box decor, face painting, honoring table, and hair/hat adornment. Below is the event agenda, but details will be updated every week.

Agenda

3:45 PM (PST)/6:45 PM (EST) Pre-Event Social

Comedian Luis Alberto Torres Castro will present a hilarious bilingual skit during this 15-minute time slot.

4:00 PM (PST)/7:00 PM (EST) Welcome

Bilingual welcome messages from Huertas, organizers and cosponsors Guillermo Alejandro Benumea, Bart Worden, Crescencio Sanchez, Robyn Blumner, Dan Barker, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Victoria de la Torre, Margaret Downey, and David Tamayo.

4:30 PM (PST)/7:30 PM (EST) Guest Speaker

Fernando Alcántar, “Free to Love: Life Lessons from Our Dead

5:00 PM (PST)/8:00 PM (EST) Honoring Ceremony

Reservations are being taken for speakers who want to celebrate the life of a dead loved one. Filmed or live presentations are welcomed. Send films and transcripts prior to October 10th  to the following email address: Margaret@FtSociety.org

Reserve your 3-5 minute in-person time slot at the following email address: Victoria@FtSociety.org

For more information, photos and bios of performers and much more, visit us on Facebook at the below link: https://www.facebook.com/events/595331801993994/?active_tab=discussion

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