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November December 2022 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine

Click here to see the November/December 2022 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine.

In the Ezine you will find the following:

  • Thomas Paine Washington, D.C. Monument Project Updates on House Bill 6720
  • Photos from the Thomas Paine Memorial Association’s Meeting with the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission
  • Congressman Jamie Raskin’s July 27, 2022 Presentation to the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission
  • Theology by Herb Silverman
  • Now Available at The Freethought Society Website: An Archive of Herb Silverman Articles
  • Learning to be an Atheist by Staks Rosch
  • Freethought Society President and Spouse Featured in Voting Advertisements
  • 4th of July: Time to Celebrate America’s Secular Founding by Margaret Downey
  • Announcing the 2022 Religious Recovery Retreat
  • Life Behind Bars: Compassion and Reform Flyer
  • Freethought Society Three-Month Calendar
  • Donation and Information Page

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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.


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

Friggatriskaidekaphobia 2022

May 13, 2022

The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to present the very first Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center’s International Educational Seminar via Zoom on FridayMay 132022. The event will be hosted by FS President Margaret Downey

The event will start at 3:45 PM PDT/6:45 PM EDT with the introduction of comedian Ian Harris. His 15-minute standup routine will take a humorous look at superstitions and irrational beliefs that permeate American culture. 

At 4:00 PM PDT/7:00 PM EDT social activist Babu Gogineni will tell us about superstitions that prevail in India. Be ready for shocking disclosures and unthinkable practices that are thought to have magical benefits strong enough to change the course of nature.

At 4:30 PM PDT/7:30 PM EDT FS board member Norm Allen will convey the many African superstitions he witnessed and dealt with throughout his 30-year career as the Founder and President of African Americans for Humanism. He will share with us the horror of witch hunts and the belief that using certain body parts of albinistic people can transmit magical powers.

The keynoted speaker is author Stuart Vyse. His presentation will start at 5:00 PM PDT/8:00 PM EDT. Vyse is an American psychologist, teacher, speaker and author who specializes in critical thinking and belief in superstitions. His book Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition won the William James Book Award of the American Psychological Association and was translated into Japanese, German, and Romanian. 

For more details see the Meetup page created for this event at the below link: https://bit.ly/Frigga13th

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

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:


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