Upcoming and Recent Events

Connect with the Freethought Society on Facebook, Meetup and Yahoo Discussions

RR2012 (111 of 179) (1)Our Meetup and the FS discussion forums are for our supporters to discuss any and all issues that interest them. They include event announcements which keep our members and friends updated and informed about FS events and news as well as discussions.

The conversation/discussion topics differ between the Yahoo and Facebook groups. Sign up for both and don’t miss a thing!

Don’t skip our MEETUP group, which has announcements from the Freethought Society AND announcements from other Philadelphia region (PA, DE, NJ) affiliated groups!

To sign up for discussions and announcements:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FS-Discussion/

The Freethought Society on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Freethought-Society/147128532024347

The FtS meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Freethought-Society-Meetup/

You can also always email us at info@ftsociety.org

Help celebrate Margaret Downey's 63rd birthday!

Margaret-portrait-2011-1_ppIt’s hard to believe, but on August 16, 2013, Freethought Society (FS) founder and president Margaret Downey will be turning 63!

We, the officers of FS, can think of no better way to honor Margaret on her birthday than by helping to provide much-needed funds to keep FS going strong. We are asking you, our wonderful supporters, to contribute towards this birthday gift from our community. Any amount, large or small, will be very much appreciated. If each person reading this donated just $2, together we would reach our goal of collecting $6,300.

Improving the financial condition of FS will be a wonderful gift for a person who has done so much to promote freethought! Remember, your donation to FS is tax-deductible (EIN #23-2738574).

You can donate here:  https://www.ftsociety.org/donate/

Why are we so proud of Margaret? She has been an activist in promoting equal rights for all, and especially the separation of religion and government, for almost 30 years. She has been a plaintiff in two legal cases: Margaret Downey-Schottmiller v. The Chester County Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia v. Chester County. Despite receiving hate mail, a campaign that tried to force her to leave town, and death threats for her outspokenness, Margaret has tirelessly worked to advance the ideals of freethought. She has established national committees such as The Anti-Discrimination Support Network, The Thomas Paine Memorial Committee, Helping Hands, The Tree of Knowledge, and so much more.

Margaret is also a good-will ambassador within the nontheist community, sharing ideas and projects, and serving on the boards (past and present) of the American Humanist Association, the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. She has spoken at many conferences and has worked on projects with the Center for Inquiry, The James Randi Educational Foundation, and many other skeptic, atheist, humanist and freethought groups. She is the editor of and frequent contributor to the FS newsletter, The Freethought Society News, and she is a contributing author in the books Parenting Beyond Belief and 50 Voices of Disbelief.

Join with us to show Margaret how much we all appreciate her efforts. Your donation will enable FS to continue her presidential work as an advocate on our behalf, including media appearances, educational presentations and many other duties.

Please help us meet or exceed our goal!   Thank you very much for your support.

Freethought Society Officers:
Carol Everhart Roper, Vice-President
Glen Loev, Secretary
Dan Hoffman, Treasurer


May-June 2013 Freethought Society Newsletter

Direct link to the newsletter: May June 2013 Newsletter-web  Continue reading: May-June 2013 Freethought Society Newsletter

January-February 2013 Freethought Society Newsletter

January February 2013 FS Newsletter PDF Final

  • The 2012 Tree of Knowledge Report by Margaret Downey
  • The Freethought Society’s 2013 Four-Month Calendar
  • The Pastafarian 2012 Holiday Display Request by Margaret Downey
  • FS Tree of Knowledge and the Ethical Humanist Society by Margaret Downey
  • The Integration of Religion and Government by Douglas Heisler
  • The 2012 Human Tree of Knowledge Report by Margaret Downey
  •  Photos from the 2012 Human Tree of Knowledge Event
  •  Promotional Flier for the September 13, 2013 Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center Event
  •  Hurricane Sandy Emergency Relief Fund Update
  •  Freethought Society’s St. Croix Flier

January February 2013 FS Newsletter PDF Final

Margaret Downey at Rock Beyond Belief

Margaret Downey

Freethought Society president Margaret Downey will speak at the Rock Beyond Belief event in North Carolina on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Please try to attend this free event at Fort Bragg. See:


Her speech will be about the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). She will talk about BSA discrimination history, disclose details about gratuities, and suggest what should be done to change BSA (or hold them to their now “private” status). A young Scout will join her on stage and his now viral video will be shown. See:


Margaret has worked to stop BSA discrimination for many years. See the ADSN section for reports about this work, or click here: https://www.ftsociety.org/?p=1944