What we're about
Welcome to the Pittsburgh Freethought Community (PFC)! "Promoting science, reason, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area"
If you are looking to become part of a community of fascinating people who share secular and critical-thinking worldview and values, if you want to meet some like-minded friends--people who think outside the box when it comes to life--we are your group.
Our MISSION is threefold:
• To be a welcoming and caring community for all those who share a humanist worldview and an evidence-based perspective;
• To provide a strong and respected public voice for the secular humanist community in shaping public debate and formulating public policy;
• To promote science, reason, critical thinking, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area.
Our COMMUNITY is broad:
PFC brings together local freethinkers who formerly gathered in groups such as CFI-Pittsburgh, Steel City Skeptics and the Humanist Community of Pittsburgh, as well as local members of national freethought groups including;
• Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)
• American Humanist Association (AHA)
• Center for Inquiry (CFI)
• American Atheists
• Secular Coalition for America (SCA)
• Sunday Assembly (SA)
• Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason
As an incorporated, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and not just a "Meetup group," PFC is able for form formal affiliations with the national organizations listed above, as well as provide supporters and donors the opportunity to make tax-deductible contributions in support of our shared values and goals.
Our PROGRAMS AND EVENTS include:
The monthly PFC lecture series featuring local and nationally recognized speakers;
Book groups including the Skeptics book group and the Humanist Community of Pittsburgh book group;
PFC social nights at restaurants around town;
PFC film showings;
Opportunities for political and other activism through use of internet-email/ social media/ telephone/ snail mail/ and lobbying of Congress in DC (within scope of our tax exempt status)
Skeptics at the Pub and Brunching Skeptically social events;
Participation in Community event such as Pittsburgh Pride Day and events, International Day of Peace, Pittsburgh Summit Against Racism, and governmental meetings.
Seasonal picnics; Festivus parties and other holiday celebrations;
Annual PFC Shrimp boil and canoe trip;
And many more - what events will YOU add or support?
Become part of our large and growing community of people dedicated to weaning society away from reliance on dogma, magical thinking, and social intolerance of all types.
Support the Pittsburgh freethought Community! "Promoting science, reason, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area"
BACKGROUND of Freethought in the US:
Up to 30% of American adults--and a majority of Americans under 30--declare no religious affiliation. Secularism is growing, but freethinkers are still a minority, and it can be sobering to pursue a well-informed world view. This group is a place for freethinkers of all kinds to discuss our viewpoints and make connections with like-minded people. Join us for open discussions about our place in the universe and how we might create positive change in our world.
Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that opinions should be formed on the basis of science, logic, and reason, and should not be influenced by authority, tradition, or dogma.
Secularism is the idea that people, governments, and other entities should have the right to be free from religious rule and teachings or to be neutral in regard to matters of belief.
Atheism ("a" + "theism") means a rejection of belief in the existence of a god or gods. It can also refer to the belief that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that deities of any kind exist. Some atheists refer to themselves as "non-theists."
Agnostics separate out belief from actual knowledge. They think it is impossible or not currently possible to prove the existence or non-existence of any deity, creative force, or other religious belief. Agnosticism may also refer to having a skeptical approach to such questions.
Deists believe that observation and reason suggest the existence of a higher power, but stop short of proclaiming that we know who or what is responsible for the wonders of the universe. We don't yet know, and may never know.
Humanists believe all humans have the ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives that aspire to the greater good of humanity. They are committed to diversity, equality, an open and secular society, and to protecting the integrity and sustainability of our planet's resources.
Naturalism is the viewpoint that the laws of nature, as opposed to supernatural laws, are all that operate in the universe. Steve Irwin, Rachel Carson, Charles Darwin, and Beatrix Potter were all naturalists.