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Welcome to the Freethought Society (FS)!

The Freethought Society (FS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization advocating the separation of church & state, freedom of religion for all, freedom from religious intrusion, freedom of expression and freedom of choice. As freethinkers, our minds are not constrained by superstitions or prescribed dogmas that tell us what we may or may not think. We are a group of atheists, agnostics, humanists, skeptics, et al. who are interested in preserving the wall of separation between religion and government. We value critical thinking, the power of reason, we reject superstition/religious dogma.

FS advocates nontheist thinking because we have looked at the many theological systems that have been around since the beginning of time, and we have found them lacking. The goals of the Freethought Society are to raise awareness and acceptance of the non-theist community and provide fellowship and unique services to non-theists throughout the US and Canada.

Through a variety of events and activities, as well as monthly program meetings, FS serves as a forum in which freethinkers can learn, socialize and exchange ideas.

Our services include:

Meetings - free & open to public (Social and Educational)

A quarterly newsletter, available for free by pdf to supporters and all interested. Just send an email to newsletter@FtSociety.org (freethought@ftsociety.org) to add your name to the distribution list.

You can learn more about the Freethought Society’s many services and programs by visiting our website at www.ftsociety.org (http://www.ftsociety.org/).

Would you like to volunteer and work with us? Email volunteers@ftsociety.org for more information or to sign up.

Please visit our website at http://www.ftsociety.... (http://www.ftsociety.org/) for information, events, photos, services and newsletters

This FtS meetup: http://www.meetup.com... (http://www.meetup.com/Freethought-Society-Meetup/)

Our online discussion group: http://groups.yahoo.c... (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FS-Discussion/)

Email: freethought@ftsociety.org

Phone 610-793-2737

As a non-profit service organization, we can exist only with your generous support. You can donate (http://www.ftsociety.org/donate/) online at http://www.ftsociety.... (http://www.ftsociety.org/donate/)

This meetup group will include all FS events. You do not have to be a member of FS to attend events or be a member of this meetup.

Upcoming events (5)

Secular Student Alliance Online Conference

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Due to COVID-19 health crisis, the Secular Student Alliance will conduct their annual conference virtually this year. The online conference will take place July 22-25, 2020 starting at 9:00 AM (PDT)/Noon (EDT) until 5:00 PM (PDT)/8:00 PM (EDT). The event is free and open-to-the public. Speakers include Cara Santa Maria, Representative Jared Huffman, Rachel Laser, Anthony Pinn, Katherine Stewart, Elle Harris, Sikivu Hutchinson and many more. Register at: https://secularstudents.org/conference/2020conference/

Black Freethought from Slavery to Civil Rights

Online event

FS is pleased to host Professor Christopher Cameron on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)/Noon (PST) for an online Zoom presentation entitled “Black Freethought from Slavery to Civil Rights.” His talk is based on his book, "Black Freethinkers: A History of African American Secularism." A Pre-Event Social will start at 2:45 PM EST/11:45 AM PST for those who would like to meet other like-minded folks online. Cameron’s talk will explore the origins of black freethought among 19th century slaves, many of whom could not reconcile notions of a loving God with their condition on Earth. The talk will then examine freethought in the 20th century as well as cultural and political movements such as the Harlem Renaissance, radical leftist politics, and the Black Power movement. Cameron argues that religious skepticism was prevalent among some of the most prominent voices in African American history, including Frederick Douglass, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Huey Newton, and Alice Walker. Cameron is a history professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with research and teaching interests in African American and early American history, including slavery, the antislavery movement, and religious and intellectual history. His first book, "To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Antislavery Movement," explored the relationship between Puritan theology and the rise of black abolitionism, arguing throughout the work that African Americans were central to the development of the antislavery movement in America. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84733520846 Meeting ID:[masked] One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]# US (San Jose) [masked],,[masked]# US (Tacoma) Dial by your location [masked] US (San Jose) [masked] US (Tacoma) [masked] US (Houston) [masked] US (Chicago) [masked] US (New York) [masked] US (Germantown) Meeting ID:[masked] Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdnqkGvyaP

August 16th Zoom Birthday Party for Margaret Downey's 70th

The Freethought Society (FS) Board of Directors is hosting a virtual birthday party for Margaret Downey’s 70th anniversary of her times around the sun. This milestone deserves a celebration! Downey is the founder and president of FS. On August 16, 2020 we are hosting a live/virtual Sunday afternoon Zoom birthday party, and we hope you will participate. The party starts at 3:00 PM (EDT)/Noon (PDT). If you cannot attend on the 16th, feel free to send a video of your birthday greeting to the FS Executive Assistant Heidi Ickes in advance, no later than August 1st. She will make sure it is included in the party agenda. A video could be a simple “Happy Birthday,” a funny story (you can tell) about your friendship with Margaret, and/or a musical greeting. Many of FS supporters are entertainers and it would be fantastic to include either singing or the playing of your particular musical instrument! Feel free to submit something that will make Margaret laugh or become misty-eyed. All such contributions are welcome! Another way to participate is to send an email, card or letter to Heidi at the below mailing address or email address: Heidi Ickes c/o Freethought Society P.O. Box 242 Pocopson, PA 19366 Email: [masked] Heidi will be giving all the greetings to Margaret during the Zoom session as they share cake and champagne at the FS office in West Chester, Pennsylvania. This is a good excuse for you to also enjoy some cake and champagne (BYOCC) at the same time! If you can join the party on the 16th please plan to add your voice in the Zoom spotlight or chat option. The co-host for this birthday Zoom extravaganza is Michael Steven Martin. He can read your chat message for you or spotlight you to do a live greeting. We will have several hours of Zoom time in which to meet each other, share stories and socialize. The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83004644258 (Additional Zoom logon information is listed further below.) Please contact Heidi if you have any questions. We would love to see you all at the Zoom 70th Birthday Party for Margaret on Sunday, August 16, 2020! Heidi Ickes Executive Assistant Freethought Society Phone: (610)[masked] Zoom Meeting ID:[masked] One tap mobile: [masked],,[masked]# US (San Jose) [masked],,[masked]# US (Tacoma) Dial by your location: [masked] US (San Jose) [masked] US (Tacoma) [masked] US (Houston) [masked] US (Chicago) [masked] US (New York) [masked] US (Germantown) Meeting ID:[masked] Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kp1kEep7a

“A New Vision for Secular Transcendence"

Online event

The Freethought Society is pleased to host award-winning author and USA Today columnist Tom Krattenmaker on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)/Noon (PDT) for an online Zoom presentation entitled “A New Vision for Secular Transcendence.” Krattenmaker’s talk will address how religion has faded from importance in contemporary life along with a sense of transcendence, which is traditionally understood as the experience of “rising above” the mundane, ordinary aspects of our lives. Krattenmaker will present his alternative vision for a secular, or horizontal, transcendence that does not depend on belief in a deity or supernatural ideas but, rather, on people’s connections to one another and to life on our imperiled planet. As a columnist, Krattenmaker specializes in beliefs and values in public life. He is also the author of three award-winning books: "Onward Christian Athletes," "The Evangelicals You Don’t Know," and, most recently," Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower", which was named one of the top two religion books of 2016 by the Religion News Association. Join us at 2:45 PM (EDT)/11:45 AM (PDT) for a pre-event social with music and chat options. Here is the Zoom information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81556193076 Meeting ID:[masked] One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]# US (San Jose) [masked],,[masked]# US (Tacoma) Dial by your location [masked] US (San Jose) [masked] US (Tacoma) [masked] US (Houston) [masked] US (Germantown) [masked] US (Chicago) [masked] US (New York) Meeting ID:[masked] Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdvgfwkpbq

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“Women of Color Beyond Belief: Where Do We Go From Here?”

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