Freethought Books Project
Note: The Freethought Books Project is now being run by the Center For Inquiry, a secular organization out of New York. One of the oldest freethought groups in the country, CFI is the perfect fit for the project, according to founder, Leslie Zukor.
“I’m excited that an organization with so many resources will be running the Freethought Books Project. The project will be able to grow by leaps and bounds, under their auspices.”
If you have books that you would like to donate, you can contact the coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them USPS to:
Freethought Books Project
Center for Inquiry
PO Box 741
Amherst, NY 14226
Since the fall of 2005, the Reed Secular Alliance has collected secular, progressive, and educational materials to give to prisoners, mental institutions, and others in need. The Freethought Books Project has collected roughly 2300 materials, the majority of which have been donated to prisoners and charitable organizations across America. For our efforts, we were awarded the 2006 Secular Student Alliance’s Best Service Project Award.
Letter of Thanks From an Inmate
The above is but a sample of the gratitute that the RSA receives from prisoners on a weekly basis. Nearly all of those to whom we’ve donated have volunteered that they share these works with friends, and that the titles make great conversation-starters. Our goal in all these efforts is not to make people into “devout atheists”, but is to enrich the diversity of opinions available to those in need.
Book Drive Press Coverage
A Sample of Donated Books
- Norm R. Allen, Jr. The Black Humanist Experience.
- Dan Barker. Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist.
- Daniel C. Dennett. Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon.
- Annie L. Gaylor, ed. Women Without Superstition.
- Ruth H. Green. The Born-Again Skeptic’s Guide to the Bible.
- Yip Harburg. Rhymes for the Irreverent.
- S. T. Joshi, ed. Atheism: A Reader.
- Paul Kurtz. Forbidden Fruit: The Ethics of Humanism.
- Orvin Larson. American Infidel: Robert G. Ingersoll.
- Marty Nicolaus, ed. Keepers: Voices of Secular Recovery.
- Robert M. Price. The Reason Driven Life.
- Michael Shermer. Why Darwin Matters.
Secular Student Alliance Best Award
For the RSA’s efforts, the club received the 2006 Secular Student Alliance Best Service Project Award. The prize consisted of the above plaque and $100. The money was promptly donated to the cause; as a result of that award, the Reed Secular Alliance bought several freethought and science books at a Reed College used book sale.