CFI Social Night: 7PM TODAY at Sharp Edge Bistro


Where: Sharp Edge Bistro (922 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222)

When: 7PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/224549403/

Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers (CFI)

Welcome to the Center For Inquiry’s monthly social night, held every first Tuesday of the month at the Sharp Edge in the Cultural District downtown.  Come and socialize with like-minded friends.

See you there!

To learn about all the secular groups in Pittsburgh, visit the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason website…and you can follow Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers and CFI on Facebook!

*CFI-Pittsburgh strives to be an ADA compliant organization.  Please email pgh@centerforinquiry.net to request accomodations.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222 – USA

Tuesday, September 1 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/224549403/

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March for Bernie Sanders\, Squirrel Hill\, Sat. Aug. 29th: 11:45PM TODAY at Foot of Murray Ave. by Starbucks


Where: Foot of Murray Ave. by Starbucks (Murray and Forward Aves., Pittsburgh, PA)

When: 11:45PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/224811907/

Join us at noon to walk up Murray Ave. and Feel the Bern! Meet for coffe before? See details here: https://go.berniesand…

Pittsburgh, PA – USA

Saturday, August 29 at 11:45 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/224811907/

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CFI Social Night: 9/1/2015 at Sharp Edge Bistro


Where: Sharp Edge Bistro (922 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222)

When: 9/1/2015

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/224549403/

Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers (CFI)

Welcome to the Center For Inquiry’s monthly social night, held every first Tuesday of the month at the Sharp Edge in the Cultural District downtown.  Come and socialize with like-minded friends.

See you there!

To learn about all the secular groups in Pittsburgh, visit the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason website…and you can follow Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers and CFI on Facebook!

*CFI-Pittsburgh strives to be an ADA compliant organization.  Please email pgh@centerforinquiry.net to request accomodations.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222 – USA

Tuesday, September 1 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/224549403/

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March for Bernie Sanders\, Squirrel Hill\, Sat. Aug. 29th: 8/29/2015 at Foot of Murray Ave. by Starbucks


Where: Foot of Murray Ave. by Starbucks (Murray and Forward Aves., Pittsburgh, PA)

When: 8/29/2015

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/224811907/

Join us at noon to walk up Murray Ave. and Feel the Bern! Meet for coffe before? See details here: https://go.berniesand…

Pittsburgh, PA – USA

Saturday, August 29 at 11:45 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/224811907/

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Where: Schenley Park Caf and Visitor Center (101 Panther Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

When: 2PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/224738399/

Just a reminder! For a lighter summer topic,  we’ll discuss the future (and maybe the past ;-) of marijuana  usage in the U.S. ; what the recent legalization trend portends for society; updates in medical MJ research;  and whether we’re pro or con on recreational use.   This is an easy, entertaining read and a good jumping-off point for a number of discussions.  Cheers, L.

Sunday, August 23 at 2:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/224738399/

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These Religious Clowns Should Scare You


Salon is one the more popular internet news sources that I sometimes mix up with Slate, probably because both names have five letters starting with the letter “S”. While Salon is definitely the more glossy of the two in style, both carve out roughly the same space, along with Huffington Post and other online news sites that are worth reading.

This weekend there was an article in Salon by Jeffrey Taylor that is recommended reading for anyone eligible to vote in 2016, entitled “These religious clowns should scare you: GOP candidates’ gullible, lunatic faith is a massive character flaw”.

(Credit: Reuters/Dominick Reuter/Rick Wilking/jorisvo via Shutterstock/Salon)

(Credit: Reuters/Dominick Reuter/Rick Wilking/jorisvo via Shutterstock/Salon)

Taylor’s article concerns the recent Fox News Republican debate, where Megan Kelly

decided to extract a (patently ridiculous) religion-related question from her channel’s Facebook feed and give it air time. Prefacing it by calling it “interesting,” she put the query to the politicians assembled on stage directly and in all seriousness: “Chase Norton on Facebook . . . wants to know this of the candidates: ‘I want to know if any of them have received a word from God on what they should do and take care of first.’” She paused. With just a hint of insouciance, and in one of the most understated segues I’ve ever witnessed, she then asked, “Senator Cruz, start from you. Any word from God?”

What were the answers?  As you could guess, scary.  Very scary.  For someone trying to lead one the largest and diverse countries on the planet.

The question gave Cruz the chance to display his bona fides as a faith-deranged poseur. He told us, to waves of applause, that he was “blessed to receive a word from God every day in receiving the scriptures and reading the scriptures. And God speaks through the Bible.”

Does it get any better?  No.

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker spoke next. He admitted to being an “imperfect man” and straightaway proved it by claiming to have been redeemed of his sins “only by the blood of Jesus Christ.”

Really? The article, goes on to say:

Consider that it does serve to highlight the bizarre conceit of the Christian cult: that the good Lord could think of no other way to give us a boost a couple of millennia ago except by orchestrating a cruel, ghastly act of human sacrifice involving His own kid. (Some dad.)

Will he, if elected president, opt to introduce crucifixion as an approved means of execution? According to the Bible, God visited genocide, warfare, exile, slavery, and rape on humanity, and has drawn up plans to destroy the vast majority of us. Which of these banes would a President Walker chose, as part of his personal faith journey, to impose on his fellow Americans?

He goes to discuss the other responses, which I leave for you to read, before ending with the real issues behind these thoughts:

Presidential candidates have the constitutionally protected right to profess the religion of their choice and speak freely about it, just as atheists have the right – and, I would say, the obligation – to hold religion up to the ridicule and derision it so richly deserves.

In that regard, nonbelieving journalists in particular should give openly devout candidates no passes on their faith. Religion directly influences public policy and politics itself, befouls the atmosphere of comity needed to hold reasoned discussions and arrive at consensus-based solutions, sows confusion about the origins of mankind and the cosmos, and may yet spark a nuclear war that could bring on a nuclear winter and end life as we know it. I could go on (and on), but the point is, we need to talk more about religion, and far more frankly, and now, before it’s too late.

He concludes with a powerful statement:

These religious clowns should scare you: GOP candidates’ gullible, lunatic faith is a massive character flaw. Their deluded debate answers removed any remaining doubt: These kooks belong nowhere near the White House.

Be sure read the full article and consider you choices for President when you vote in the upcoming elections.

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Where: Schenley Park Caf and Visitor Center (101 Panther Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

When: 8/23/2015

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/224281287/

For a lighter summer topic,  we’ll discuss the future (and maybe the past ;-) of marijuana  usage in the U.S. ; what the recent legalization trend portends for society; updates in medical MJ research;  and whether we’re pro or con on recreational use.   This is an easy, entertaining read and a good jumping-off point for a number of discussions. Cheers, L.

Sunday, August 23 at 2:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/224281287/

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CFI and PSF Discussion Group: 7PM TODAY at Tan Lac Vien


Where: Tan Lac Vien (2114 Murray Ave (Squirrel Hill), Pittsburgh, PA 15217)

When: 7PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/224036215/

Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers (CFI)

Hi Everyone,

This month’s topic is the following question(s): Is there a valid secular argument against abortion? Or are all arguments against abortion rooted in religion? If there is a secular argument against abortion, does it automatically follow that the same argument can be used to deny choice?

This is our monthly discussion group.  I post the discussion topic a few weeks in advance; stay tuned for more information. Please feel free to submit discussion topics to: pittsburghsecularfreethinkers@gmail.com

See you there!

To learn about all the secular groups in Pittsburgh, visit the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason website…and you can follow Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers and CFI on Facebook!

*CFI-Pittsburgh strives to be an ADA compliant organization.  Please email pgh@centerforinquiry.net to request accommodations.

Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/224036215/

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7th annual CFI Canoe Trip and Picnic: 8/16/2015 at Cedar Creek Park


Where: Cedar Creek Park (Route 51, Rostraver, PA 15479)

When: 8/16/2015

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/222646561/

Join us for our annual canoe ride and shrimp boil.  Roughly  half the attendees will do both, half will just join us for the picnic.  Either way is fine and a good chance to socialize with fellow skeptics.  Late reservations will be accepted, contingent on availability.

Learn more here: http://steelcityskept…

Rostraver, PA 15479 – USA

Sunday, August 16 at 9:00 AM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/222646561/

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PSF Ladies Meetup: 2PM TODAY at Cafe Phipps


Where: Cafe Phipps (1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

When: 2PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/224000009/

Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers (CFI)

Welcome to the PSF Ladies Meetup at the Phipps Cafe.

See you there!

For more fun, follow us on Facebook!  To learn about more secular groups in Pittsburgh, check out the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason website.

*PSF strives to be an ADA compliant organization.  Please email pittsburghsecularfreethinkers@gmail.com to request accommodation.

Pittsburgh – USA

Sunday, August 9 at 2:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/224000009/

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