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DOGMA DEBATE: Live at Lebanon Valley College!

Pennsylvania Nonbelievers and The Institute for Interfaith Literacy and Leadership present:

DOGMA DEBATE: Live at Lebanon Valley College!

WHEN: Sunday, May 3rd at 2pm
WHERE: Lebanon Valley College, Allan W. Mund College Center, Leedy Theater
HOST: David Smalley

Get your tickets now here:

We are pleased to announce this event, featuring guests we will be announcing shortly.

Dogma Debate is a fast-paced talk radio show that averages 145,000 listeners per month, and topped over 3 million podcast downloads. The topics range from politics and religion to science and comedy, but it’s a favorite among people of all ages and backgrounds. The show is known as a platform for liberal and conservative believers to defend their faith and political views with respectful challenges by those who disagree. It may upset you, it will make you laugh, but most importantly, it will make you think.

David Smalley (@davidcsmalley) is a former Christian musician whose education in psychology, sociology, and world religions, with a deep-dive study of Christianity for more than 14 years, resulted in his atheism. He later became a secular activist and avid speaker, writer, and radio host. David quickly grew Dogma Debate from an idea, to an iHeartRadio show with millions of downloads. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of both Secular World & American Atheist magazines, the author of Baptized Atheist, and founder of He is most known for his respectful approach to believers, most recently featured in the 2014 movie “My Week in Atheism”.

All tickets are will-call only, and will be available for you when you show your ID at the door.

Join us at our Winter Solstice Party!

Date: 12/20/2014
Time: 4pm-8pm
York City Pretzel Company
39 W. Market St.
York, PA 17401

Join us for our 2014 Winter Solstice Party! We’ll be in the heart of York, PA, at the brand new York City Pretzel Company – And we’ll have the store all to ourselves for our private event! You don’t have to be a member to come – Everyone who wants to spend time with like-minded atheists, agnostics and humanists is welcome to join us!

We’ll also be collecting donations at the event for the Foundation Beyond Belief and our Atheists Fight Hunger program. You can help us out by giving cash or check to help these worthy causes. All donations will be split evenly between the two programs.

Bring food, drink, alcohol, and any other refreshments for yourself and other people to share. Please register at our Potluck page so that we don’t duplicate items. Also don’t forget we will need paper plates/cups/silverware/etc. We will have power available for crock-pots and other stuff. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all.

Hope to see you there!

Brian Fields
PA Nonbelievers

Support #GivingTuesday! Feed the hungry!

Please help us support #GivingTuesday – Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 – by donating money to our campaign to feed the hungry!

From the #GivingTuesday website:

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

You can participate by donating or sharing our link to raise money for the Atheists Fight Hunger project. For every 25 cents you donate, you can feed one person one meal. Please, help us as you are able to raise money to feed those who need food.

Then at the 2015 PA State Atheist/Humanist conference on September 11th-13th, we will band together and package those emails to deliver them to those that need it the most. You can join us there and help us make a difference!

Help feed the hungry!

Pennsylvania Nonbelievers has been involved in running the PA State Atheist/Humanist conference since 2012. At next year’s conference (2015), we would like to organize a food-packing event to give to people who are hungry. We will be working with a non-profit called End Hunger NE to organize a food packing event to be held at the PAStAHCon in Harrisburg, PA on the weekend of September 11th-13th, 2015.

Each meal costs 25 cents. That’s it. For every 25 cents you donate, you can feed one person one meal. We will then, at the conference, package those meals we raise money for to deliver at local food banks, providing food for those who need it. Please help however you can, and show everyone that atheists, humanists, agnostics, skeptics and other nonbelievers DO care!

To donate, click here:


Become a member of Pennsylvania Nonbelievers today!

Hello everyone!

I would like to remind everyone that time has come again – Time to renew your membership, or to start your membership for 2015! PA Nonbelievers memberships run on the calendar year, so all current memberships expire on December 31, 2014.

You can download your membership form here. We’ll be bringing copies to our meetings over the next few months, or you can print out this form and mail it in to:

PA Nonbelievers
PO Box 702
York, PA 17405

Your membership helps us continue to operate. It also gives you the right to vote in our elections in the spring. I’ll be sending more information out about that soon, but in order to qualify to vote you must have your membership in by February 5th, 2015.

Thank you so much everyone for your continued support!

Brian Fields
PA Nonbelievers, Inc.

PROTEST: Saturday, September 27th, in Bedford County, PA


WHO: Truth Wins Out, American Atheists, and Pennsylvania Nonbelievers

WHAT: The three organizations will be holding a joint press conference and demonstration in Bedford, Pennsylvania, where a fourteen year-old child is being tried in juvenile court in Bedford on October 3 for “desecrating” a Jesus statue, after pictures were posted on Facebook of the teen simulating a sex act with the statue. The teen did no damage and the religious organization who owns the statue does not wish to prosecute, but a rogue district attorney has chosen to do so, under a questionable interpretation of a Pennsylvania law which bans “desecration” of religious objects. Truth Wins Out, American Atheists and Pennsylvania Nonbelievers will come together to speak out for freedom of speech and freedom of religion for all, including minor children who pull pranks that may offend some religious believers. In attendance will be Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen, American Atheists President David Silverman and Pennsylvania Nonbelievers President Brian Fields.

WHEN: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

WHERE: The event will be held on public space at the center of Bedford, Pennsylvania, near the steps of the courthouse where the youth is to be tried. The courthouse is located at 200 South Juliana Street.

BACKGROUND: In Bedford County, Pennsylvania, a fourteen year-old child is being tried in juvenile court for “desecrating” a statue of Jesus on the grounds of the Love In The Name Of Christ organization outside Everett, Pennsylvania. The teen posted pictures on his private Facebook account, which came to the attention of Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins, who has decided to prosecute the child under a Pennsylvania law which bans the desecration of religious objects, including “physically mistreating [objects] in a way that the actor knows will outrage the sensibilities of persons likely to observe or discover the action.” Higgins maintains that he is simply a district attorney who wishes to uphold Pennsylvania law, but his own statements on the case undermine that claim. In an interview with local media, Higgins stated that “this troubled young man offended the sensibilities and morals of our community. His actions constitute a violation of the law, and he will be prosecuted accordingly. If that tends to upset the ‘anti-Christian, ban-school-prayer, war-on-Christmas, oppose-display-of-Ten-Commandments’ crowd, I make no apologies.” By making this statement, it is clear that Higgins is more of a frustrated right-wing radio host than a responsible district attorney. Higgins wishes to retaliate against the talking points he recited above, and he intends to do that by making an example of a fourteen year-old child.

The youth’s actions may have been in poor taste, but religious freedom does not include the right never to be offended by a teenager’s prank. Moreover, prosecution of this action is a clear violation of the teen’s own First Amendment rights.

All those, religious or otherwise, who value their own rights to stand up, speak out, and exercise their own freedom to worship or not worship as they see fit are invited to join us on Saturday as we take a bold stand for the First Amendment.

Pennsylvania Nonbelievers Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization devoted to delivering information for rational and critical thinking. We welcome atheists, agnostics, unbelievers, secularists, humanists and those whose lives are guided by a human-centered morality, not dogma, to come join our lively discussions.

October York Meeting cancelled!

Please note that due to a conflicting event tabling in Newport, PA, we will not be holding the October meeting. Will see you all in either Newport, or at our November York Meeting!

BeSecular: Helping Secular Organizations raise money!

PA Nonbelievers would like to publicly thank Be Secular, who donated to us $190 this weekend at the 2014 PAStAHCon, the portion of the weekend’s proceeds they pledged to us at the beginning of the conference! If you are running an organization that supports the idea of a secular government, please contact them. Not only do they sell merchandise, but they sponsor all sorts of events in the movement. We are so proud to count them as friends, and to be an affiliate!

Brian Fields
President, PA Nonbelievers

Summer is in full swing! Join us for our August Events!

We’ve got a ton of events going on yet this summer.

We will be at the 38th Annual Red Lion Street Fair, this Saturday, August 9th.

Next week, we will be at the Sunbury River Festival on Saturday, August 16th.

Over Labor Day Weekend, we are helping to sponsor the 3rd Annual PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference – This one will be huge, and is not to be missed!

Of course, you can also drop by our regular monthly meetings. We’d love to see you there!

The best way to stay up to date on our happenings is to sign up for our announcement list. We do not sell or share our mailing lists.

July York Meeting Cancelled

Due to the Fourth of July holiday weekend, we will be cancelling the July York and Board meetings. I hope everyone has a fun weekend, and we’ll see you in August!

Brian Fields
PA Nonbelievers