What is Freethought Dayton?

Freethought Dayton is a dynamic local community group. Our members include freethinkers, humanists, atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and others associated with the freethought community. We get together routinely for community and to promote reason, critical thinking, and secular culture.

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Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is of a society where reason and evidence guide individual and civic principles, and where none suffer prejudice for a commitment to rationality. Our mission is to nurture a community in the Miami Valley that values secular humanism, promotes and preserves freethought in the public square, provides supportive fellowship, and engages in humanitarian good works.

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Making a Difference

Freethought Dayton supports a number of community related and charitable activities. Freethought Dayton members weekly volunteer at the Food Bank of Dayton where we sort and repack donated food. We have adopted a highway (a portion of 675). We support the annual "Light the Night" fundraiser, held by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We also give blood as part of regular Bleed & Feed events.

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The FD team raised $7,136.96 to fight cancer

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How can a person who is civil and just but ask’s for nothing in return be less righteous than those behave justly, but only under threat, and for the aim of a personal reward? – John Kelly

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The power of prayer and faith can heal and bring happiness. The real tragedy is that the people that are helped by this don’t realize that this power is really coming from within. – Terry


Leo Igwe speaking in Dayton on July 15

Freethought Dayton will be hosting Leo Igwe to speak in Dayton on July 15.  This talk will take place in the main auditorium of the downtown Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St, at 6:00 PM.

Leo Igwe is a humanist, skeptic, and human rights advocate from Nigeria. He has specialized in campaigning against and documenting the impacts of witchcraft accusations in Africa, where up to 55% of the population believes in witchcraft, often with horrifying results, as the people (usually elderly women) accused of witchcraft are beaten, driven from their villages, or worse (more info here and here).

In 2012, Mr. Igwe was appointed as a Research Fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation, where he continues working toward the goal of responding to what he sees as the deleterious effects of superstition, advancing skepticism throughout Africa and around the world. In 2014, he was chosen as a laureate of the International Academy of Humanism.

His talk in Dayton is titled: A Debate of the Heart: Fighting for Human Rights in the ”Witch Camps” of Ghana.  This is Mr. Igwe’s description of the talk: For some time, humanists have been preoccupied with a very important debate – the debate of the mind. Humanists have articulated excellent, awakening, enlightening and groundbreaking ideas. Atheists and Agnostics have written best selling books marshalling arguments that have shaken the foundations of religious and dogmatic systems. But humanists focused so much on the debate of the mind that they have ignored another very important debate – the debate of the heart. My presentation focuses on how humanists can robustly engage in the debate of the heart by applying humanism’s best selling ideas to the fight for the basic human rights of persons- mainly old women- banished to witch camps in Ghana.

RSVPs are appreciated but not required.  To RSVP or for more information, email info@freethoughtdayton.org or join our meetup group.

More information on Leo Igwe and the Igwe Study Project can be found at Foundation Beyond Belief.

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