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The Freethought Books Project, split off from the Reed Secular Alliance in 2010, has a new address.  Please send inquiries to the following location:

Freethought Books Project
P.O. Box 259
Mercer Island, WA 98040.

You can also email leslie@secularstudents.org.  We appreciate your continued interest.

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Freethought Books for Prisoners

This past weekend, the Reed Secular Alliance completed its Freethought Books Project mailing.  The statistics are as follows:

Boxes:  10

Books:  91

Magazines:  13

Sent To:  9 individual prisoners

1 non-theistic books to prisoners drive

TitlesThe Born Again Skeptic’s Guide to the Bible, The Soul of Science, American Infidel:  Robert G. Ingersoll, One Woman’s Fight, Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, Keepers:  Voices of Secular Recovery, Biographical Dictionary of Scientists (2 volumes), Language, Proof, and Logic, Principles of Chemistry, Contemporary Linguistics:  An Introduction, Imagine No Superstition, God:  Hit or Myth?, Religion & Gods, God:  The Failed Hypothesis, Forbidden Fruit:  The Ethics of Humanism, Rhymes for the Irreverent, Why I Am Not a Christian, What Is Secular Humanism?, How We Believe:  The Search for God in an Age of Science, Atheism:  The Case Against God, Affirmations:  Joyful and Creative Exuberance, The Transcendental Temptation, God’s Problem, Over the Influence, Why Atheism?, The Family:  The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, Freethought on the American Frontier, The Darwin Awards

MagazinesThe Humanist, Free Inquiry, Skeptical Inquirer

We hope the prisoners enjoy the books!

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Freethought Books for Prisoners

Freethought Books for Prisoners

In the November 2009 issue of Freethought Today, the Freedom From Religion Foundation featured the Freethought Books Project.  The article, entitled, “Project Puts Freethought Behind Bars“, showcased the Reed Secular Alliance’s efforts to get non-theistic literature into prisons.

“It was neat to be covered in Freethought Today,” book project founder, Leslie Zukor, explains.  “That publication reaches a lot of eyes.”  And since the article’s publication, the RSA has heard from prisoners and potential Pen Pals wanting to benefit the project.

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Boxes of Freethought Books

Monday, November 30th, marked the Freethought Books Project’s second mailing of the semester.  The first mailing saw nineteen boxes of books distributed to atheist, humanistic, and freethinking prisoners.  While not as large, this effort led to more prisoners getting access to such literature.

The following is a statistical run-down of what was donated and to whom it was sent:

Prisoners: 10

Mental patients: 1

Literature:   55 books

22 different works

TitlesThe Born Again Skeptic’s Guide to the Bible, American Infidel:  Robert G. Ingersoll, Humanist Manifesto 2000, Forbidden Fruit:  The Ethics of Humanism, Atheism:  A Reader, Imagine No Superstition, Keepers:  Voices of Secular Recovery, One Woman’s Fight, The Mind of the Market, How We Believe:  The Search for God in an Age of Science, Science & Religion:  Are They Compatible?, Rhymes for the IrreverentPhilosophers Without Gods, Sense and Goodness Without God, God:  The Failed Hypothesis, The Fifth Miracle, Secular Wholeness, Like Rolling Uphill, The Portable Atheist, Why Atheism, Atheism:  The Case Against God, Affirmations:  Joyful and Creative Exuberance.

For more information on the Freethought Books Project, check out http://www.freethoughtbooks.org.

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Freethought Books for Prisooners

Freethought Books for Prisoners

On Friday, Hemant Mehta’s The Friendly Atheist blog featured the Freethought Books Project.  The November 27th article showcases Michael L’s letter to the Reed Secular Alliance, thanking the group for the books, especially the biography of Robert G. Ingersoll, The Great Agnostic.

The Freethought Books Project, started by RSA President, Leslie Zukor, has been around since 2005.  The Book Project gives atheist, humanist, and freethinking literature to prisoners, mental patients, and others in need.  For more about our efforts, go to http://www.freethoughtbooks.org.

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Michael L's Letter - Part One

Michael L's Letter - Part One

Last week, the Freethought Books Project received a letter from an Illinois atheist prisoner.  In it, he talks about growing up under the backdrop of a statue of Robert Ingersoll, The Great Agnostic.

Michael L's Letter - Part Two

The prisoner, Michael L., reflects about sledding on the statue in the snow, doing marijuana by Ingersoll’s likeness, and even making out – all unaware of the historical significance of Robert G. Ingersoll.

However, only later did he learn about The Great Agnostic, nineteenth century orator and prominent humanist.  As a result, he was thrilled that the Freethought Books Project donated a copy of American Infidel to him behind bars.

Read his story by clicking the following PDF or perusing the images above: ML-Letter-1.

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Jerry Donnelly's Letter to the Killeen Daily Herald

When Freethought Books Project webmaster, Jerry Donnelly, read about a religious prison program in his newspaper, he felt compelled to speak out.   “I would like to let readers know there is another way to reach inmates,” he said.  Donnelly went on to extol the virtues of the Freethought Books Project, which gives secular, freethinking, and humanist literature to inmates across the US.

“The Freethought Book[s] Project…does not involve indoctrination in the supernatural, but rather the simple opening of the human mind, with its incredible powers of reason and logic, to the amazing natural world that we live in through reading freethought, secular and science-oriented books.”

In short, Donnelly’s letter to the Killeen Daily Herald recommended alternatives to preaching a religious message in prison.  “Through this program…prisoners will learn to rely on their own logic, reason and inner strength to become successful, productive members of society.”  Keep up the good work, Jerry!

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