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2021 Thomas Paine Day Event

Please join the Freethought Society (FS), the Thomas Paine National Historical Association (TPNHA), the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), the Center for Inquiry (CFI), and the American Humanist Association (AHA) as we celebrate the 2021 Thomas Paine Day via Zoom on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

Register at the below link
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OAX2WWk3S0CpEVO_i4n5yw

The program begins at 3:45 PM PST/6:45 PM EST with a 15-minute Thomas Paine-themed concert by songwriter and recording artist James Klueh. BYOB to participate in toasts throughout the event. Melissa Myers (representing CFI) and Margaret Downey (representing FS) are the event co-hosts.

After an introductory statement from Congressman Jamie Raskin, co-sponsor organizations will welcome everyone to the event (Annie Laurie Gaylor, Robyn Blumner, Mandisa Thomas, Gary Berton and Margaret Downey). A summary of the life and work of Thomas Paine will be presented in sections by co-sponsor representatives:

Mandisa Thomas (AHA)
Tom Flynn (CFI)
Andrew Seidel (FFRF)
Margaret Downey (FS)
Gary Berton (TPNHA)

Sculptor Zenos Frudakis will show the progress of the Thomas Paine statue project and Dan Barker, co-president of FFRF, will perform his original song The World is My Country. After a short break a question-and-answer portion of the event will begin. Toasts and favorite Paine quotations are welcome

standup comedian and author Leighann Lord on Saturday, March 13, 2021

The Freethought Society is pleased to host standup comedian and author Leighann Lord on Saturday, March 13, 2021. The Zoom event starts with a pre-event chat session at 11:45 AM PST/2:45 PM EST. The formal presentation begins at Noon PST/3:00 PM EST.



The title of Lord’s presentation is “I’m not funny. What I am is Brave!” In an interview-style format, she will be talking about her career as a professional standup comedian who happens to be a secularist and a skeptic. After the interview session, Lord will be taking questions. After a break, plan to stay for a post-event happy hour/social.

Lord was the 2013 New York City face of the African Americans for Humanism outreach campaign sponsored by the Center for Inquiry (CFI) and its “Millions Living Happily Without Religion” campaign. Lord is a former co-host of the Emmy-nominated “StarTalk” with Neil de Grasse Tyson and has been the emcee for several Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CFI’s skeptic arm) conferences. She is the author of “Dict Jokes” and “Real Women Do It Standing Up.”

Leighann Lord
Leighann Lord

To participate in the online Zoom events listed below, you must be a member of the Freethought Society Meetup group. Join the Freethought Society (FS) Meetup group at: www.meetup.com/Freethought-Society-Meetup/

Each event will have a Zoom URL link listed in the description of the event. 

All FS meetings will implement security features and will be recorded for replay on social media. 

Those who join the meeting consent to be recorded and agree to abide by the FS Anti-Harassment and Code of Conduct Policy.

Jeremiah Camara on 2/27/2021

Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to host filmmaker Jeremiah Camara on SaturdayFebruary 272021

The Zoom event starts with a pre-event chat session at 11:45 AM PST/2:45 PM EST. The formal presentation begins at Noon PST/3:00 PM EST.

Camara’s speech title is “What Does He Do?” His presentation will be discussing the uselessness of religious belief in modern times and how gods perform in times of crisis.

Camara is the director and producer of the documentary film Contradiction: A Question of Faith, which examines the saturation of churches in African American communities coexisting with poverty and powerlessness. After a break, plan to stay for a post-event happy hour/social.

RSVP at the below Meetup link to participate in this event:

“What Does He Do?” A presentation by Jeremiah Camara

Saturday, Feb 27, 2021, 2:45 PM

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20 Freethinkers Attending

The Freethought Society is pleased to host filmmaker Jeremiah Camara on Saturday, February 27, 2021. The Zoom event starts with a pre-event chat session at 11:45 AM PST/2:45 PM EST. The formal presentation begins at Noon PST/3:00 PM EST. Camara’s speech title is “What Does He Do?” His presentation will be discussing the uselessness of religious bel…

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October Meeting Announcement

FS is pleased to host author and attorney Andrew L. Seidel on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)/Noon (PDT) for an online Zoom meeting. Seidel’s presentation, “The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American,” is based on his book by the same name. 

Andrew L. Seidel

Please note the information under the headline of this page to learn how you can obtain the Zoom link by registering as a member of the FS Meetup.

Seidel is the Director of Strategic Response at the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). When not fighting for the First Amendment with FFRF, Andrew writes for SlateThinkProgressReligion News ServiceRewire News and many other publications.

Renowned constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky described The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American as “a beautifully written book” that “explodes a frequently expressed myth: that the United States was created as a Christian nation.”

Seidel’s book illustrates that not only is the United States not a Christian nation, but Judeo-Christian principles are fundamentally opposed to the values on which America was founded. Religion, law, and history will collide in this presentation. Seidel will discuss his book and field questions. 

September/October 2020 Freethought Society (FS) eZine

Click here to see the September/October 2020 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine.

In the Ezine you will find the following: 

  • The Disestablishment of the Establishment Clause
    by Jon Meador
  • Heritage and Hate
    by Herb Silverman
  • My Journey Story
    by David Simms
  • “The hands that help are better far than lips that pray.” ~ Robert Green Ingersoll
    (A Freethought Society Helping Hands Committee Acknowledgement) 
  • The Question of a Child
    by Mike Judge
  • The Freethought Society Black Lives Matter Statement
  • Politically Active? Most Atheists Are!
  • Freethought Society Three-Month Zoom Calendar
  • Donation and Information Page

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