What we're about

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: https://www.meetup.com... (https://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 (4+)

Women of Color Beyond Belief 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Midway Airport

Recommended Event:

Due to the COVID -19 crisis, Women of Color Beyond Belief will be back and better than ever in 2021. Online streaming is now also available!!!***

Come One, Come All - to the event that highlights the voices and work of women of color who are atheist, humanist, skeptics, nonreligious, secular, etc.

Speakers/Presenters include:

*Cheryl Abram
*Yolanda Arroyo-Pizarro
*Bridgett "Bria" Crutchfield
*Candace Gorham
*Sikivu Hutchinson
*Hiba Kribst
*Mashariki Lawson-Cook
*Zulma Oliveras-Vega
*Madison Paige
*Kavin Senapathy
*Mandisa Thomas

California Freethought Day 2021

California State Capitol Building

California Freethought Day combines the fun and atmosphere of a fair with the education and activism of a conference. It's a festival of freethought.

🎤 Speakers, Live Entertainment, and More

Our 20th year features the following speakers, entertainers, podcasters, authors, and more:

* Yvette d'Entremont (Sci Babe)
* Ian Harris (comedian, podcaster)
* Sarah Levin (secular political strategist)
* Leighann Lord (comedian)
* Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy (podcasters)
* Alexis Record (author)
* Joey Fabian (musician)
* Abraham Mackey (musician)
* .. more to come!

We're also presenting awards to Mynga Futrell, Margaret Downey, and Bruce Gleason while awarding our scholarship winners. Uncle Sam is making a return along with many non-profit organizations and community groups.

📺 Live Streamed

Can't join us in person? Watch the live stream via Facebook or YouTube. Register for the event (see below) and we'll send you links to watch.

🎟 Registration

Registration is free, supported by donations and sponsorships. To officially register, please visit our website:

http://freethoughtday.org/registration.html

Your free registration includes a full-color printed program and a chance to win any of our door prize baskets valued together at $300 when you attend in person.

You can support California Freethought Day with a donation when you register or by attending the Supporters' Reception on Saturday evening. Learn more about the Reception:

http://freethoughtday.org/reception.html

📅 Additional Events

You can learn more or register (it's free) at www.FreethoughtDay.org. While you're there, be sure to look into other events happening the same weekend including our Leadership Day and Supporters' Reception (Saturday), and Advocacy Day (Monday).

🦠 COVID Statement

The main event is outdoors and seats will be positioned to accommodate social distancing. Read our full statement along with the other precautions we're taking on our website at:
http://freethoughtday.org/covid.html

🛌🏻 Travel and Lodging

Information about lodging (and a hotel discount) can also be found on our site, under "Lodging and Visiting".

Use this meetup to coordinate carpools or our carpool signup page:
https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/oixque

California Secular Advocacy Day 2021

Online event

CALIFORNIANS: Be a part of Secular Advocacy Day and make your voice heard!

Organized by California Freethought Day and state activists, we'll gather via Zoom to make a difference in our state and local government. Sign up for this special event and help us change the face of politics.

Please register in advance (http://freethoughtday2021a.eventbrite.com) for $10 (free for students).

Training Included

The day will start with a little training. You don't have to be a seasoned lobbyist or even have the slightest notion about politics. When our class is done, you and others in your team will know exactly what to say and where you're headed.

Advocacy Efforts

After training, we'll meet with your elected officials and their staff to represent the secular community. In small groups, you'll put your new training to use as you explain the importance of secular values.

Until we set your specific appointment(s), please expect to be with us (online) for the entire morning.

2021 Secular Day of the Dead

Online event

A Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular event is a celebration of life. Nontheist Hispanic/Latin people and others view the Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular as a perfect way to remember the legacy of dead loved ones that does not require prayer, church, or religious dogma. To nontheists, our legacies are our afterlife.

The Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular event will include many redesigned and religion-free Hispanic/Latin traditions and rituals that celebrate our one and only life, legacies, and cultural heritage.

More and more people are abandoning their religious upbringing but still want to celebrate the beauty of the Hispanic/Latin culture. This is why a Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular was created. The 2021 Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular will be presented as a Zoom event on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 with special attention to Spanish speaking participants. The 2021 Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular is cosponsored by The Freethought Society, Hispanic American Freethinkers, American Atheists, Center for Inquiry, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Secular Student Alliance, and Atheists United. Register at:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAudOivqTgiHNEc74dIEMkCpa06UUWQVSjK

3:45 PM (PST)/6:45 PM (EST) Pre-Event Social
Entertainment and chatting opportunities with like-minded individuals will take place during this 15-minute time slot, featuring a mini-concert by John Davidson – a Hollywood legend and musical stage star who lived in Mexico and speaks Spanish.

4:00 (PST)/7:00 PM (EST) Welcome
Bilingual welcome by organizers and cosponsors Robyn Blumner, Victoria de la Torre, Margaret Downey, Nick Fish, the Annie Laurie Gaylor, Dan Barker, David Tamayo, and Kevin Bolling-Hey. Cosponsors and organizers will each light a candle to honor a “Secular Saint” of historic significance. A Spanish Speakers Zoom Room and an English Speakers Zoom Room will be offered to participants at this time. A musical interlude will be provided by cellist Rich Rodriquez as people divide into their preferred language Zoom Rooms.

4:30 PM (PST)/7:30 PM (EST) Guest Speaker
Keynote speaker actor Jon Huertas:
“From Heartsick and Holy to Happy Heathen”
(a journey story presentation)

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. Reserve a 3-5-minute time slot through the following email address:

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The Honoring Ceremony will open with dedications from author Fernando Alcántar, Ethical Culture Leader Hugh Taft-Morales, activist and president of Atheists United Christina Magallanes-Jones, educator Consuelo Cortes-Fleming, and photographer John Jones-Cortes.

The musical interlude will feature Margarita Reyna and James Nunnelley performing a Cumbia dance.

After the reserved speaking spots conclude, the Zoom spotlighting function will be available for anyone who would like to participate. The screen share function will be enabled so that speakers can display photos of the person being honored. The honoring of a pet is also welcomed.

Prizes will be awarded and mailed to participants who the cosponsors determine to have the best Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular themed clothing, Zoom setting, face painting, face mask, and hair adornment.

The end time of this event is unknown. Anyone who would like to honor a dead loved one will have an opportunity to do so before we conclude with a mini concert by Gary Stockdale and Abraham Steve Mackey.

To see what was done last year, please visit the following links:

English Room:
https://youtu.be/N46al_yEDdU

Spanish Room:
https://youtu.be/ILM1Ozp4-8Q

Past events (254)

Lecture: Twenty Years of Freethought Day (via Zoom)

Online event

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