NEPA Freethought Society relaunches

NEPA Freethought Society members pose under 'Nothing Fails Like Prayer' banner
NEPA Freethought Society members pose under ‘Nothing Fails Like Prayer’ banner

The NEPA Freethought Society — a social, educational, activist, and philosophical coalition of atheists, agnostics, humanists, secularists, and skeptics in Northeastern Pennsylvania — is relaunching on meetup.com.

Following a brief hiatus accompanied by a website change and addition of new leadership team members, the NEPA Freethought Society relaunches on meetup.com.

The NEPA Freethought Society is a social, educational, activist, and philosophical coalition of atheists, agnostics, humanists, secularists, and skeptics predicated on support and community which upholds the separation of church and state and promotes critical thinking.

As a social group, the NEPA Freethought Society provides fellowship and social enrichment.

As an educational group, the NEPA Freethought Society establishes an accurate public understanding of atheism, freethought, and church/state separation through community outreach and dialogue.

As an activist group, the NEPA Freethought Society opposes Establishment Clause violations and serves as a watchdog, support system, and advocate on behalf of atheists/freethinkers.

As a philosophical group, the NEPA Freethought Society challenges religious claims by way of philosophical scrutiny; promotes a worldview of naturalism and rationalism; and champions logic, critical thinking, and the scientific method over those of faith, mysticism, and divine revelation.421499_10150513069124327_502483225_n

I am currently serving as the group’s spokesperson and co-organizer alongside group founder Rodney Collins and assistant organizers Bill Dickerson and Erik Dickerson. Alongside Rodney, Bill, Erik, and fellow freethinkers, I plan to accomplish a great deal in 2014 – adding to the group’s vibrant history including successful work with the ACLU — challenging the constitutionality of religious displays on county courthouse grounds — in 2009; protesting a school voucher bill with American Atheists in 2011; three debates in 2011, 2012, and 2013, a moderated discussion in 2013, working alongside the Freedom From Religion Foundation to hang two banners on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre, and much more.

We hope that atheists, agnostics, humanists, secularists, and skeptics living in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area will join the NEPA Freethought Society and support the group – whether it be attending monthly meetings, attending public events, protesting Establishment Clause violations, or donating.

The NEPA Freethought Society will have its first meeting of 2014 on Saturday, May 31 at El Zocalo Mexican Restaurant on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. See the group’s meetup.com page for more information. We hope to see you there and at other events! Join up today. Stay tuned for website updates, announcements of events, and a press release to come later this week.