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"Ask An Atheist" at Central Market
Come join us for "Ask An Atheist" at Lancaster Central Market! This event will run from 10am to 1pm. This is always an uplifting event and a great way to introduce ourselves to the community, educate people about atheism, and advertise our organization to other area freethinkers. Our previous Ask An Atheist days were very successful and well received by the public. In all the years we have been doing AAA, we have never had altercation beyond a handful of people talking a little too loudly. Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Clothing that would be just fine while walking around might be completely inadequate if sitting in one place for a long period of time. If the forecast calls for inclement weather, please check this event page before you leave the house. Any delays or cancellations will be posted here. It's advised that you bring your own folding chair or chair-in-a-bag as sitting Atheists seem less threatening to the public. We will be set up right off of the square formed by the intersection of King and Queen streets near the upper entrance to Lancaster Central Market and in front of the old bank building which is the light colored building to the right in the picture below. Look for this sign: We will be there to answer questions, not to argue or convert. If that is what you are looking for, or if you have a hard time keeping your temper in check, then you might want to sit this one out as this is all about dispelling myths and misconceptions about Atheists, including the idea of the "Angry Atheist". We also want to stress the importance of secular government and how it protects religion as much as it does government. We want believers to understand that "secular" means neutral in respect to religion and not atheist. Please be sure you can make it before you RSVP. All are welcome to drop by but I need a minimum amount of two participants so that there is always someone to watch the chairs and sign if one needs to use the restroom or get something to eat from market. If you RSVP yes please make sure you indicate how sure you are that you will be able to attend this event. If there are less than two people with a solid "yes" the event will not take place. Parking is available in the lots surrounding Market st. and at meters in the surrounding area. There is also a parking garage nearby on the corner of Prince and Orange streets. There are bathrooms on site and food and drink available in the market.

Lancaster Central Market

23 North Market Street · Lancaster, PA

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What we're about

Don't believe in God?

You are not alone!

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It is an exciting time to be a nonbeliever in the U.S. There are more people shedding dogma and religion in this country than at any other time in the past. Membership in atheist organizations is growing steadily and more people are standing up for their rights to be free from religion. The formation of the LFS is in response to the desire of Lancaster area free thinkers to become a part of this growing movement.

What is a Freethinker?
A freethinker is one who forms opinions about religion, independently of tradition, dogma, authority or established belief, in favor of rational inquiry.

Our goals:

- Provide a social and intellectual community for freethinkers and their families.
- Enrich and empower our membership through education and activism
- Educate the public about non-theists and church-state separation
- Teach critical thinking skills and promote reason
- Defend and promote the separation of church and state

Community is the primary goal of the Lancaster Freethought Society. We strive to provide a community in the Lancaster area for Atheists, Agnostics, Secular Humanists, Skeptics, and Freethinkers of every stripe. Without a strong community, none of our other goals are possible to achieve. Whether you are still in closet about your atheism or loud and proud, you are welcome to join our friendly community.

Charity is another of LFS’s goals. We will search for ways to help our local community and help put a positive face on atheism. Some of these activities will be “Adopt a Highway” clean-ups, food drives, an “Ask An Atheist” booth at Lancaster Central Market, and participation in local festivals. We want to dispel the public perception of atheists as immoral self-centered people and secure a positive place in the hearts and minds of the community.

Family is important to LFS. One of the things that religion does so well is to create a social support system and a sense of community for its members. LFS wants to fill this role for nonbelievers in the Lancaster area. If you are sick in the hospital, a member might be able to visit or watch your kids while your significant other goes grocery shopping. If you lost your job, LFS might be able to assist you in locating new employment. You will have a network of friends to lean on. We want to grow as a community with you and your families.

Education is an important part of being a prepared organization. Each monthly meeting will include a discussion. This can be a talk on anything related to freethought, science, religion, counter-apologetics, philosophy, or activism. Members are encouraged to write and present a talk concerning any of these subjects. Let us know if you are interested in doing so. We also plan on bringing in guest speakers from time to time to share their knowledge with us.

Events are a great way to get to know each other, learn as a group, or just have fun. Join us at our monthly meeting. Come hang out with us on LFS Pub Nights. Families are welcome at picnics, play dates, pizza parties, bowling nights, and more! We try to mix up the days of the week that events occur on in order to give everyone the best chance to attend at least some of our events.

Activism is sometimes needed to defend the separation of church and state in our area and nationwide, but picket lines are not the only form of activism. Charity events to help our local community, litter pickups, and helping those in need are also a form of activism. We are not haters in LFS but we will defend our rights.

I look forward to meeting you and your families and to welcome you as part of the LFS Family.

Scott Rhoades

President – Lancaster Freethought Society

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