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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

September 11th-13th, 2015

 

BEST WESTERN PREMIER
The Central Hotel & Conference Center

800 East Park Drive
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA 17111

Come join us for the fourth annual PA State Atheist Humanist Conference (PASTHACon)! We’ll be back in Harrisburg this year and are working on making this year the best one yet!

Our speakers for this year include the members of the “Unholy Trinity Tour”, master debater Matt Dillahunty of the popular “Atheist Experience” TV show, vlogger Aron Ra whose YouTube channel has over 100,000 subscribers, and Seth Andrews of the vastly popular “Thinking Atheist” Podcast.  Keep an eye on our great speaker list as we add to it as we get closer to the conference.

Get your tickets for PASTHACon 2015 now!

Standard tickets include full access to the plenary conference (Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday), as well as the entertainment Friday and Saturday.

VIP tickets include a special meal with the stars of the conference as well as a T-shirt, goodie bag, and access to our hospitality suite with snacks, refreshments, and the occasional opportunity to hang out with the speakers in a more personal setting.

Although Lancaster is only a short drive from the hotel, we have also arranged for a special room price of only $99.95/night for those choosing to stay at the hotel during the conference! Just enter our special group code when booking online or on the phone.

Hope to see you there!

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Monthly Meeting Minutes 11/04/2013

by Tom on November 11, 2013

 

13 Freethinker’s attended a meeting of the Lancaster Freethought Society held on Monday, 11/04/2013 from 6 to 8 PM at Isaac’s Restaurant, Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA.

The meeting began with the current LFS Board Member Secretary welcoming the new and attendees. The subject of this months discussion was concerned with the current pending vote on Pennsylvania House Bill 1728, which had cleared committee by a vote of 14-9. The bill is meant to introduce into our public school buildings the national motto “In God We Trust”. The bill was introduced into the PA Education Committee by Rick Saccone as the primary sponser. Rep. Rick Saccone was also a sponsor of the “Year of the Bible” for 2013 (PA HB 922) so he is clearly suspect of promoting religion.

We discussed the the following issues of this proposed legislation:

  1. The promotion of a religious rather than a historical message.

  2. The waste of valuable educational funds.

  3. The impression of state sponsored religious message.

  4. The divisiveness of the motto.

  5. What you can say to your representative.

  6. The coverage of this issue in the local news.

If you chose to appeal to your local House of Representative’s, now is the time. You may want to use this as a guide:

PA House Bill 1728 is unnecessary and divisive. There is no need to impose burdens on public schools to symbolically affirm our national motto when it is under no threat in the first place. This bill claims: “To increase student understanding of and familiarity with American historical documents, historically important excerpts from or copies of the documents should be prominently displayed in public school buildings.” However, it only mentions the current national motto. A reasonable person would see that this motto is a proclamation of faith. Currently up to 20% the United States population identify themselves as non-religious. Should we not err on the side of caution and not open our public schools to the on going debate concerning the separation of church and state? This could open our schools to other “historical” messages that maybe you would not agree with? Please think about how others would feel that may not especially agree with placing this motto within our public schools.

The meeting ended at about 8 PM with some attendees remaining to discuss relevant issues.

Upcoming Events:

12/02/13 -LFS Monthly Meeting at Isaac’s @ 6 PM

All of the above are advertised at Meetup.com. Please RSVP for these events.

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PA House Bill 1728 “In God We Trust”?

November 1, 2013

House Bill 1728  passed the committee and will be scheduled for a vote.  The purpose of the bill introduced is to place “In God We Trust” in all public school buildings.  The bill is supposedly meant to support an historical message when, in fact, it is a religious message.  The PA House Representative Saccone has […]

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Ask an Atheist on Penn Square 10/19/2013

October 19, 2013

An “Ask an Atheist” informational event was held at Penn Square in the City of Lancaster. LFS members were on the square from 9 AM until 2 PM. It was a very nice day and we had many conversations with both religious and non-religious passers by. We hold these events to provide a human face […]

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Meeting Minutes – 10/7/2013

October 9, 2013

Approximately 18 persons attended a meeting of the Lancaster Freethought Society held on Monday, 10/7/2013 from 6 to 8 PM at Isaac’s Restaurant, Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA. The meeting began with the LFS President, Scott Rhoads, welcoming the new attendees and asking them to introduce themselves, followed by current members’ introductions to facilitate the group […]

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Interfaith Panel “Why Marriage?”

September 20, 2013

On Sunday at 2pm, LFS President Scott Rhoades, will be taking part in an interfaith panel called “Why Marriage?” at First United Methodist Church, E. Walnut St, Lancaster. It will take place in the 2nd floor worship space volunteers will be at the door to direct people to the proper area. Scott was asked to […]

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Promote LFS with this cool, blue, light of reason Tshirt.

July 2, 2013

Our most affordable LFS tshirt yes. Help promote LFS by purchasing this shirt or browse our Zazzle store for more great LFS items. White Lancaster Freethought Society T-shirt by LancasterFreethought Get the best custom shirts online at zazzle.com

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Meeting Minutes – 6/3/2013

June 10, 2013

Approximately 10 persons attended a meeeting of the Lancaster Freethought Society held Monday, 6/3 at Isaac’s Restaurant, Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA. Pres. Scott Rhoades initiated an informal discussion regarding feminism withing the Freethought movement, and how it’s effects may be described as a, “fracturing”, or, “layering”. Rebecca Watson (skeptic, feminist) and Skepchicks are associated with […]

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LFS Meeting Minutes – 5/6/2013

May 8, 2013

LFS Meeting Minutes – 5/6/2013 Approximately 14 people attended a meeting of Lancaster Freethought Society help Monday, 5/6/2013, 6pm at Isaac’s Restaurant, Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA. Scott Rhoades began by discussing the upcoming Atheist/Humanist conference in Philadelphia. Cost will be $113, (to include the Friday PM party). The admission fee covers dinner and lunch.  Embassy […]

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Hearing the Voice

April 8, 2013

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