In the coming year, freethought societies in every city, town and hamlet in the U.S. will invite their local library officials to sponsor a talk about Robert Green Ingersoll.
Here is an example of how the one-hour sessions might be structured, based on the fact that a version of the following presentation (with all necessary materials) will be distributed to freethinkers groups throughout the land by varied secular organizations.
What follows is how my own local library billed the basic speech.
Most people want health, happiness and meaning in life, among many, many other wants. George Bernard Shaw (“Preface to Androcles and the Lion”) observed, “Whether Socrates got as much out of life as John Wesley (founder of Methodism] is an unanswerable question, but a nation of Socrateses would be much safer and happier than a nation of Wesleys.” I think a nation of Ingersolls would be much safer, happier and wiser than a nation of Donald Trumps.
My sweet wife Carol, a big Hillary fan, asked me to explain why white guys as a demographic are so down on Hillary. Hell, I don't know - I like Hillary well enough. I'll cheerfully vote for her, despite having felt the Bern throughout the campaign season.
Annie Laurie Gaylor, Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) of which I am a proud member, wrote a blog on 7/20/16 entitled, "Can it be stated enough? Why the Noah’s Ark myth doesn’t hold water." Reason is the first of four R-E-A-L dimensions of REAL wellness - it deals with respect for science, a capacity for critical thinking, attention to evidence in decision-making and other ways that educated people exercise common sense. I offer it here in its entirety.