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You asked for it! A Discussion Group 2 - in the South Hills area. Have you or has anyone you know ever been a Jehovah's Witness? Our society typically views the Witnesses as a silly group of misguided religious nuts, but in reality, it's not so funny. There are over eight million active Jehovah's Witnesses right now, but it's impossible to know how many of them are being abused by family members or elders, how many want out but have no way to escape, or how many are shunning family members simply for wanting freedom. We want to share our thoughts and experiences on this religious cult this month at Discussion Group 2 in South Hills. Were you ever a Jehovah's Witness or do you know anyone who was? If you're willing, share your story with us. What do you know about, or what have you heard about, the Witnesses? Have you ever had Witnesses knock on your door? What was your experience like? How is the Witness religion different from Christianity? How is it different from Mormonism? What sources do you recommend everyone check out on the Witnesses? Is the JW religion a cult? (See BITE model link below) Sources to check out: Telltale Atheist (Owen Morgan), an ex-Witness https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgIi12EA6BQ8HKL8QUccsOQ/ Bravely Taylor (Taylor Bjorndahl), an ex-Witness who was abused by her father https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-O2K7mFMbI Ex-Jehovah's Witness Subreddit https://www.reddit.com/r/exjw/ Apostasy Movie https://amazon.com/Apostasy-Siobhan-Finneran/dp/B07CSNP4XG/ BITE model (cult test) https://freedomofmind.com/bite-model/ General discussion group info: PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, you'll be welcome! Casual dress. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or little as you wish. If you have any suggestions/ideas for a topic or category to discuss, please feel free to submit them to: [masked] Discussion Group 2 meets in a conference room at the Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon. Please use the side door entrance on the right side of the building, NOT the main entrance. PFC will supply light refreshments. See you there!
Freethought in the Pub is an informal community building event offering the chance for participants to engage in informal discussions and to socialize with like minded people. It is also an excellent way for “newbies” to dip their toe in the water, so to speak, and meet other freethinkers for the first time to confirm that they are not crazy or alone. Or maybe they were already part of the freethought movement in another city and have recently moved into the area. But regardless of what brings you, you are welcome to join us for an evening of camaraderie. Join us in helping to promote science, reason, critical thinking and humanist values in the Greater Pittsburgh area. More information can be found at www.pittsburghfreethoughtcommunity.com
We’re taking our summer break in August. Back on the trail in September. The book is Enlightment Now and the Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker. It’s a Big Book like Pinker’s others: over 500 pages. Bill Gates said this was his new favorite book of all time. (We’ve read Gates’ prior favorite book of all time!) In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing. Our library system has 42 copies. About $11 at Amazon.
PFC fields a "Bar trivia" team! Do you want to test your knowledge of useless or unimportant facts and figures? Come on out and help our own "Team Third Place" as they compete for bragging rights and gift certificates from Social, the venue. Or bring some friends and form your own team and give Team Third Place (and everybody else) some friendly competition. But however you decide to participate, come and commune with like-minded people - it's sure to be a good time.