Local secularists to protest Public Square Rosary Crusade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2013
Media Contact: Justin Vacula, justinvacula [at] gmail.com

Local secularists to protest Public Square Rosary Crusade

Wilkes-Barre – The NEPA Freethought Society — a community group of atheists, agnostics, and secularists throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania — will be staging a protest of the October 12, 2013 Public Square Rosary Crusade at the Our Lady of Fatima Grotto on North Street in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania brandishing a banner reading “Nothing Fails Like Prayer” which was previously displayed on Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square in May of 2013.

Justin Vacula — co-organizer and spokesperson of the NEPA Freethought Society — will be attending and organizing this protest with intentions to civilly and peacefully engage attending Catholics and passerby in order to educate on matters of secularism, atheism, and separation of church and state.

“Contrary to what Catholics attending this event may believe,” Vacula said, “praying to God for help will not benefit politicians nor fix the problems facing our nation. Members of Wilkes-Barre’s city council who begin their meetings with inappropriate and potentially illegal government-led prayer unsuccessfully continue to resort to divine intervention while crime, poverty, unemployment, and other problems continue to plague the residents of Wilkes-Barre and Luzerne County. Prayer won’t help us. Real-world action will. We need less, not more, religious involvement in government.”

Local secularists are welcome to join Vacula and members of the NEPA Freethought Society on the sidewalk outside the Our Lady of Fatima Grotto on October 12, 2013 at 11:30AM. Interested parties may RSVP on the NEPA Freethought Society’s website. Religious individuals throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania — especially including those attending the event — are welcome to engage in conversation as 1 Peter 3:15 suggests, “If anyone asks the reason for your faith, prepare a defense but do so with gentleness and respect.”

More information about the NEPA Freethought Society may be found at www.nepafreethought.org.
Vacula’s website may be found at www.justinvacula.com.

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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.