Appearance on WNEP-TV 16 – June 13, 2013

WNEP-TV 16 — a television news station serving Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania — covered my objection to government-led prayer at the June 13, 2013 Wilkes-Barre City Council meeting.

For extensive details concerning my objection, please read my reasoning in a piece titled “Why I object to government-led prayers at Wilkes-Barre City Council meetings.” Watch the video of my news appearance below.

There are some slight errors and concerns I have with the the video:

My last name is pronounced VUH – COOL – UH, not VACK-YOU-LUH.
There is no reason to call me a “self-proclaimed atheist.”
I am the co-organizer and spokesperson of the NEPA Freethought Society, not the founder.
Freethought is one word, not two.

Thanks to WNEP-TV 16 for covering this story.

Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. Vacula received bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University's graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County's Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher's assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.