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.

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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.

GLOSSARY:

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.

Upcoming events (5+)

PFC Discussion Group II - NEW South Location

Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church

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!

Freethinkers In The Pub

Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh

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

Science & Skeptics Book Club: Enlightenment Now ... Reason. Steven Pinker.

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 Trivia Night

Social

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.

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