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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, November 27, 2016

Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, November 27, 2016

 

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CHANGE OF VENUE

Venue: Simcas Apartelle, 5048 P Burgos, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila, Philippines
Google Maps Link
PWD Friendly? Not really
Date: Sunday, November 27, 2016
Time: 2:30PM – 5:30PM

This is a special meetup. We will be having free HIV testing, courtesy of HASH – HIV & AIDS Support House, Inc. Please arrive early.

Topics:
Do people have a right to food?
Should children be allowed to join protests?
Should private citizens be accountable for their public comments?
– Raunchy Topic of the Week (18+)

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, November 13, 2016

Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, November 13, 2016

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Venue: Church of the Holy Trinity Episcopalian Church, 48 McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati
PWD Friendly? Yes
Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Topics:
Trump is the next US President
Can software be unethical?
Should Mocha Uson be given a platform?
– Raunchy Topic of the Week (18+)

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, October 30, 2016

Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, October 30, 2016

14492500_10153962340372686_6943511798186556281_nVenue: Uno Morato
Garden Area GYY Building, #1 Tomas Morato Ave, Quezon City
Waze link: http://mobile-web.world.waze.com/en_GB/meetup/location?h=wdw54nm22
PWD Friendly? Yes
Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Topics:
How would you rate other people?
Is appropriating food culture wrong?
Does misinformation violate the right to free speech?
Should single people be considered “infertile”?
– Raunchy Topic of the Week (18+)

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, October 16, 2016

Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, October 16, 2016

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RSVP on Facebook

Venue: Uno Morato
Garden Area GYY Building, #1 Tomas Morato Ave, Quezon City
Waze link: http://mobile-web.world.waze.com/en_GB/meetup/location?h=wdw54nm22
PWD Friendly? Yes
Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Topics:
Is it wrong to screen against genetic disease? 
Reviving the dead with chatbots 
Unfriending over Duterte
– Raunchy Topic of the Week (18+)

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, October 2, 2016

Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, October 2, 2016

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Venue: Uno Morato
Garden Area GYY Building, #1 Tomas Morato Ave, Quezon City
Waze link: http://mobile-web.world.waze.com/en_GB/meetup/location?h=wdw54nm22
PWD Friendly? Yes
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Topics:
– Increasing Maternity Leaves
http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/09/26/risa-hontiveros-teddy-baguilat-maternity-leave.html
– Sexism and De Lima’s “Hysteria” vs Duterte’s “Gutom”
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/583030/news/nation/duterte-to-de-lima-take-a-break-you-ll-have-a-nervous-breakdown
– Are Certain Degrees More “Valuable” Than Others?
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/social-sciences-and-humanities-faculties-close-japan-after-ministerial-intervention
– Raunchy Topic of the Week

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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The President Asks, What If There is No God?

The President Asks, What If There is No God?

In a recent speech, President Rodrigo Duterte raised the question, “What if there is no God?” He asked this in light of criticism of his stance on the war on drugs and the reinstatement of the death penalty, particularly to those who argue that only God can take a person’s life.

As freethinkers and secularists, we applaud the President’s recognition in that speech that not all Filipinos believe in a god. This might be the first nod toward non-believers by any sitting Philippine President in history. He also raised the valid problem of suffering in a world supposedly designed by a benevolent god.

Perhaps the Filipino public might begin to ask themselves that question, “What if there is no God?” How differently would we organize our lives if there were no God? How would our values change as a society? How much importance would we place on social justice in this life, rather than postponing it to a supposed afterlife?

We believe that it is about time that non-believers were recognized as equal citizens in this Catholicism-dominated country. Despite the Constitutionally protected separation of Church and State, too many politicians have used their belief in God to justify their policies, with Senator Manny Pacquiao leading the charge.

However, we also decry the misuse of atheism and agnosticism to promote non sequitur conclusions. President Duterte raised the issue of God because he believed that the death penalty would be his answer to the absence of a god judging the living and the dead.

We disagree that imposing the death penalty follows from the lack of justice in an afterlife. On the contrary, the highly likely execution of innocent citizens would be exponentially more despicable in the absence of an afterlife. There is no undoing the execution of an innocent life. There is no consolation for the wrongfully executed. In the United States, whose system of criminal investigation is already much more advanced and scientific than the Philippines’, an estimated 4% of defendants on death row are still wrongfully convicted.

And even when we are certain of a person’s guilt, the application of the death penalty should take into account its probable disproportionate imposition on the poor since the drug trade is often a refuge for those abandoned by society to fend for themselves. There is also little evidence that the death penalty is an effective deterrent against crime, when it can also serve to escalate and perpetuate the cycle of violence.

If there is no God, if there is no afterlife, justice in this life is of supreme importance. There would be no God to sort out the dead. Only we can provide justice, and there is no justice without due process.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, September 18, 2016

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Venue: The Coffee Ministry
3 Royale Place, Don Antonio Drive, Quezon City 1127 (across Ever Gotesco Mall)
Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Topics:
– Davao proposing to ban burqas in malls http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/815439/davao-eyes-banning-burqas-in-malls
– The ethics of harm reduction drug policies http://interaksyon.com/article/132311/hontiveros-pitches-harm-reduction-strategy-vs-drug-problem
– Ban private cars during rush hour? http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/384127/saksi/private-vehicles-balak-ipagbawal-sa-edsa-tuwing-rush-hour
– Calling persons with disabilities “inspirational” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/video/2016/sep/07/its-time-to-stop-calling-disabled-people-inspirational-video
– Raunchy Topic of the Week

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Condemns Davao Terrorist Attack

Filipino Freethinkers Condemns Davao Terrorist Attack

The Filipino Freethinkers condemn the attack in Davao. This attack was recently claimed by Islamist terrorists allied with the Abu Sayyaf, calling themselves Daulat Ul Islamiya. They have made demands of installing Islamic hadiths as laws for the Philippine nation and its people.

We strongly denounce the use of violence as a coercive tool for political agendas over peaceful solutions respecting human rights. We strongly denounce the demand to impose sectarian beliefs of any stripe on our ostensibly secular nation.

We express our condolences for the victims of this attack and share with them our grief in the loss of innocent lives.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, September 4, 2016

Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, September 4, 2016

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Venue: Uno Morato, Garden Area GYY Building, #1 Tomas Morato Ave, Quezon City
Waze link: http://mobile-web.world.waze.com/en_GB/meetup/location?h=wdw54nm22
PWD Friendly? Yes
Date: Sunday, September 4, 2016
Time: 3:00PM – 6:00PM
Topics:
-Burkini ban [http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/30/europe/french-mayor-cogolin-burkini-ban/]
-How have your views on dating changed over time? [http://www.npr.org/2016/07/10/485432485/former-evangelical-pastor-rethinks-his-approach-to-courtship]
-Dictator denialism [https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/argentina-denial-dirty-war-genocide-mauricio-macri]
– Raunchy Topic

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, August 7, 2016

Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, August 7, 2016

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Venue: Pineapple Lab, 6071 R. Palma St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City
Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/h9hYyb6cgku
PWD Friendly? Not really
Date: Sunday, August 7, 2016
Time: 2:30PM – 5:30PM

Topics:
– How to treat Duterte supporters
– HIV in the Philippines [https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/05/17/dispatches-philippines-unaddressed-hiv-epidemic]
– Trump, Duterte and neo-populism [http://time.com/4324098/rodrigo-duterte-philippines-president-donald-trump-human-rights-immigration/]
– Raunchy Topic

Got questions about the meetup?
Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, July 10, 2016

Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, July 10, 2016

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Venue: Pineapple Lab, 6071 R. Palma St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City
Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/h9hYyb6cgku
PWD Friendly? Not really
Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Time: 3:00PM – 6:00PM

Topics:
– Brexit
“Radical Islam” and what that really looks like
The science behind racism (or lack thereof)
Loan sharks, nude photos and China
– Raunchy Topic

Got questions about the meetup?
Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Saturday, June 11, 2016

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Venue: Uno Morato, Garden Area GYY Building, #1 Tomas Morato Ave, Quezon City

Waze link: http://mobile-web.world.waze.com/en_GB/meetup/location?h=wdw54nm22
PWD Friendly? Yes
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time: 3:00PM – 6:00PM

Topics:
– Does empathy make you a better person? [http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/474588/why-empathy-is-a-bad-thing/]
– “Be Yourself” [http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/05/opinion/sunday/unless-youre-oprah-be-yourself-is-terrible-advice.html?smid=fb-share]
– Mariz Umali being catcalled (watch out for the podcast on June 10!)
– Raunchy Topic

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Saturday, May 28, 2016

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Venue: Pineapple Lab, 6071 R. Palma St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City
Google Maps link
RSVP on Facebook
PWD Friendly? Not really
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016
Time: 3:00PM – 6:00PM

Topics:
Euthanasia and the boundaries it should and shouldn’t have
Death penalty and its impending return
Civil War
Sex workers in the Philippines
– Raunchy Topic

After this meetup, a lot of us are going to attend Deus Sex Machina 8! The show starts at 9PM, so we can have dinner nearby before proceeding to the venue which is pretty close to Pineapple Lab. We recommend that you reserve tickets if you’re interested. 🙂

Got questions about the meetup?
Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Saturday, May 14, 2016

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Venue: Uno Morato, Garden Area GYY Building, #1 Tomas Morato Ave, Quezon City
Waze link: http://mobile-web.world.waze.com/en_GB/meetup/location?h=wdw54nm22
PWD Friendly? Yes
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 3:00PM – 6:00PM

Topics:
– Election 2016 Reactions
Italian court rules food theft not a crime if due to hunger
Court rules BC parents should treat child as a trans-boy
– Is #RP69fanfic sexist?
– Raunchy Topic

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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