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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.

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Jay Wexler; Separating Government & Religion, 7/1/13

wexler2The Freethought Society (FS) and the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia (EHSP) are pleased to cohost Jay Wexler, noted Professor of Law at Boston University and award-winning author and humorist, who will present his “Holy Hullabaloos and Beyond: The State of Church/State Law in the United States (and maybe some other things)” at the July 1, 2013 gathering.

Jay Wexler’s humorous, lively and revealing presentation is based on his best-selling book Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars.

“In the fall of 2007, I spent about six months traveling to all sorts of interesting places where big church-state Supreme Court cases came from,” Wexler said. “I wanted to visit the people who were involved in the cases and see the places where they actually happened. I went to an Amish farm, a high school football game in East Texas, the U.S. Senate, a community of really Orthodox Jews in New York State, a Santeria get-together in South Florida, and downtown Cleveland.”

Wexler has received many great reviews, including this from Publishers Weekly:

  “Wexler’s lucid explications of difficult constitutional concepts and the vagaries of Supreme Court rulings are superb, providing readers a deeper understanding of the First Amendment and Supreme Court jurisprudence. But that’s only half the story. Wexler is laugh-out-loud funny as he narrates his odyssey through battleground sites from rural Wisconsin through Texas to the chambers of the U.S. Senate. Along the way he happily and with a usually generous spirit skewers Supreme Court justices, legislators, educators, law school professors and pretty much anyone else, including himself, who has ever taken a position on the enduring American controversies surrounding prayer in schools, religious displays on public property, or the teaching of evolution. This is a rare treat, a combination of thoughtful analysis and quirky humor that illuminates an issue that rarely elicits a laugh.”

Wexler is also the author of The Odd Clauses: Understanding the Constitution Through Ten of Its Most Curious Provisions, and his first book of fiction, The Adventures of Ed Tuttle: Associate Justice and Other Stories, and has written numerous academic articles, essays, reviews and stories for the Boston Globe, Huffington Post, National Geographic NewsWatch, Slate, Salon, Spy, and several other publications.

Hear Jay Wexler give his funny and revealing presentation at 7:00 PM on July 1, 2013 at the Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. It is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation is requested to offset expenses. 

RSVP via the FS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/264369357035058/   or the FS Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Freethought-Society-Meetup/events/124257472/

May-June 2013 Freethought Society Newsletter

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

Katherine Stewart: The Good News Club – January 28, 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013, 7:00 PM at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA

The Freethought Society (FS) and the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia (EHSP) continue a commitment to co-host quality speakers. We are pleased to announce Katherine Stewart as the speaker for Monday, January 28, 2013.

Stewart’s presentation is based on her popular book, The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children.

In January, 2009, Katherine Stewart learned that the Santa Barbara public  elementary school her children attended had added a Bible study class  called the “Good News Club” to its afterschool program. She soon learned that the Good News Club—a seemingly spontaneous and voluntary  after-school program—was in fact part of a larger, calculated initiative by national advocacy groups whose declared aim is to “take back” America’s public schools and repurpose them with a Fundamentalist  Christian agenda.
What happened in Stewart’s community is happening nationwide: at the end of  2010 there were more than 3,500 Good News Clubs operating in public  schools across the country, and the number is rapidly increasing. What’s more, a landmark 2001 Supreme Court ruling not only permits such an  unusual pairing of schooling and religion, it effectively makes it  obligatory.
In The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children, Stewart sets out on an investigative journey to uncover the effect the Good  News Clubs and similar initiatives have on our schools, children, and  communities. She travels to dozens of cities and towns across the  country and visits regions famous for their piety, like west Texas and  Alabama, as well as places known for the opposite, like Seattle and New  York City. Everywhere, she discovers religion-driven programs inserting  themselves into public school systems with unprecedented force and  unexpected consequences.

 The Christian Right’s strategy to “take back America” is stealthy,  calculated, extremely well-financed, and coming soon to a neighborhood  near you.

 The presentation will take place at 7:00 PM at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia (1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Stewart will expose a well-funded, highly coordinated effort by Christian Nationalists to use public schools to advance a fundamentalist agenda.

Stewart is an investigative journalist and author. She began her career working for the Village Voice, Newsweek International, Rolling Stone, and Marie Claire. Stewart has also written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Bloomberg View, and Religion Dispatches.

Read more about Stewart and her eye-opening book here: http://seattletimes.com/html/books/2017469135_br10goodnews.html

PLEASE RSVP via our Meetup:  http://www.meetup.com/Freethought-Society-Meetup/events/96540182/    or FACEBOOK pages: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Freethought-Society/147128532024347#!/events/527983293892082/

 

Herb Silverman, “Candidate Without a Prayer” in Philadelphia, 9-28-2012

The Freethought Society and the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia (EHSP) are delighted to co-host an event featuring Herb Silverman as the special guest and speaker. Silverman’s presentation will begin at 7:00 PM at the EHSP building located at 1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 at the door to help with costs.

Herb Silverman is founder and president of the Secular Coalition for America, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Charleston. He ran for governor of South Carolina in the 1990s to challenge a state law that required religious belief to hold public office. After an eight-year battle, he won a unanimous decision in the South Carolina Supreme Court, which struck down this religious test requirement.

Silverman’s speech, “Candidate Without a Prayer,” will highlight excerpts from his book of the same name. Books will be sold for $20 each and Silverman will inscribe them as time permits. Continue reading: Herb Silverman, “Candidate Without a Prayer” in Philadelphia, 9-28-2012