* President’s report, which talks about PAN’s upcoming event with the Pennsylvania Legislature commemorating the 50th anniversary of two major school prayer decisions, and some details about this year’s Atheist/Humanist convention
* Legislative update, from Carl Silverman. Take a minute to look at all the nonsense we have to fight
* From Greenville PA, news about a City Council that can’t believe that there’s anything wrong with prayer before meetings, and from Philadelphia, the horrifying story of parents whose child died, because they used prayer instead of medicine
* Member submissions, including Brian Field’s account of his journey from fundamentalism; Priscilla Oppenheimer’s favorite recent religious news story; Wayne Trotta’s take on the new atheists, and Wayne’s letter to PennLive about the proposed legislation to name the complainants in certain cases; Linda Turk’s submission of British children’s answers to a religious test; Shannon Turk’s attempt to educate his fellow atheists; Josh Neiderhiser asks where atheists should spend our money
* PAN news, including meeting information, new and exciting ways to donate to PAN, volunteer opportunities, and the Free Thought Forum
* President’s report, with info about our upcoming PA Atheist Humanist convention
* Results of our Board of Directors election
* Legislative news, along with the result of the case against the church that staged a mock kidnapping of children without their parents’ permission, and news about religion and crime
* A report from Jean Silverman about some PAN members visit to the Hadee Mosque in Harrisburg, and some York Co. religious irony, from Pam Zerba
* News about meetings, and volunteer opportunities
*President’s letter from Brian Fields, outlining exciting upcoming events
*Biographies of five of our board candidates
*News from Pennsylvania, the nation and the world: Lost Cajun Kitchen strikes again, as does the Pennsylvania legislature; for you gamblers, recent odds for the papal election
*From our members, a remembrance of longtime PAN member, Dr. John Nernoff, from Priscilla Oppenheimer; Doug Diggens describes an encounter with street preachers in York; Priscilla gives us something to think about; Pam Zerba talks about the Catholic church’s hypocrisy in opposing the contraceptive mandate requirements of the Affordable Care Act; and Linda Turk provides a few laughs
*PAN News, featuring PAN’s preliminary net worth, as of 12/31/12; a request for members to write pamphlets or handouts for our booths; education committee news from Shannon Turk, including a review of Nat Hentoff’s The First Freedom; information about donations, meetings, and a request for volunteers to work at the Central PA Food Bank, and to march in Harrisburg’s St. Patrick Day parade, and a plug for PAN’s TV show, the Freethought Forum.
*PAN President Brian Fields’ letter, discussing our upcoming annual meeting and elections
*Biography of board candidate Kristine Danowski
*Information about upcoming conventions: Second Annual PA Atheist/Humanist and American Atheists
*Secular Coalition’s Lobbying Training Course
*Volunteer opportunity at the Central PA Food Bank
*Atheists wanted for interfaith group
*Atheist news: Two Ten Commandments cases in PA, and how Catholic hospitals handle advance directives
*Member submissions: Cheryl Huber’s adventures as an atheist organist in Christian churches and Linda Turk explains the original of our valentine heart, and you will never look at it the same way again, and Linda’s pictures from PAN’s Winter Solstice party
*PAN news: Shannon Turk’s Education Committee notes, Freethought Funzie, and book review, and Fundraising Committee news from Linda Turk, meeting listing, donations to PAN and PAN’s Freethought Forum TV show
*Current PAN Board members
*President’s report from Brian Fields, reviewing the ACLU Year of the Bible roundtable
*John Wolff brings PAN up-to-date about the Lost Cajun Kitchen controversy
*Final election news, emphasizing the role of non-believers
*The Alliance Defense Fund’s effort to politicize pulpits, including some in central PA
*The ADF’s advice to municipal court clerks who don’t want to perform marriages between gay couples
*Report on the Boy Scouts and the York County United Way
*American Atheists’ lawsuit against Kentucky’s bizarre take on homeland security
*PAN’s Education Committee news, including Shannon Turk’s discussion on agnosticism
*Information about the Muslim guests for the Harrisburg PAN meeting
*Mark Gecker talks about our imaginary friend in Jesus
*Catholic abortion rules in Ireland lead to a woman’s death, and the University of Wisconsin approves the largest amount on record to a nonbeliever student group
*Shout out to founding father John Adams
* Reflections from the convention from Priscilla Oppenheimer and Karlen Keto
* Report on the Barker-D’Souza debate from Dietrich Dellinger
* Legal news, including our local triumph over the Greencastle-Antrim School District Board, the moral victory over the Year of the Bible, and a salute to lame duck Rep. Babette Josephs for her stand on the Pledge of Allegiance
* Funny from Linda Turk
* Meet Board member Carl Silverman
* Education Committee news from Shannon Turk, including October atheist birthdays, Mark Twain’s The War Prayer, and thoughts on the origins of homosexuality, and, of course, the Freethought Funzie
* News about our TV show, the Freethought Forum
* Report on PAN members’ participation in the Light the Night Walk from Jeannie Hess
* An update on Boy Scouts, atheists, the York County United Way, and the York Daily Record
* Note on the Pew Survey on Religion
* Sally Quinn, religious bigot
* Atheist billboards in honor of the political party conventions, and the aftermath. (Yes, PANViews now has pictures!)
* Remember the fake kidnapping of young teenagers by the church in Elizabethtown? Here’s an update.
* Missouri is a stupider state than you may have realized.
* Meet Board member Jason Fegely.
* See the angry religious hobo clown!
* Education news, and a biography of the freethinker accused of involvement in McKinley’s assassination, courtesy of Shannon Turk.
* Cheryl Huber tells us about volunteering at York Revolution games, for the Margaret Moul home, complete with pictures of the happy volunteers.
* Another unbelievable story about a priest and a young boy.
* Summary of the recent world survey that found atheists were 5% of the US population, with a list of the most atheist, and the most religious, countries in the world.
* News about religious freedom, or lack thereof, on military bases.
* Christian love in York County.
Have you bought your tickets for the Atheist Convention yet?
UPDATE: Unfortunately, Sam Harris could not make the appearance at the last minute, however, we will be working to re-schedule this event in the fall. We held off publishing this newsletter publicly because we were waiting for the contracts to be signed, but when that fell through, I was wrapped up in convention stuff and didn’t get it done. Here it is, now.
Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts. Doug Diggens talks about George Soudini. Carl Silverman reports on the Sunbury River Festival.