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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, 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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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, April 17, 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, April 17, 2016
Time: 3:00PM – 6:00PM

Topics:
Kidapawan incident
Teen sexting: child porn or not?
Duterte calls Mar “bayot”
Miriam and the Duty to Vote
– 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, April 2, 2016

Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Saturday, April 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, March 19, 2016
Time: 3:00PM – 6:00PM

Topics:
– Generic Holy Week Topic: tell us about your holiday, and we’ll tell you about ours!
– Teddy Locsin Jr.’s rants about using Filipino/Tagalog in presidential debates [http://news.abs-cbn.com/halalan2016/focus/03/21/16/after-drawing-flak-teddy-locsin-jr-defends-tagalog-comment]
– Climate change and how it affects the decision to have children [http://www.thenation.com/article/how-do-you-decide-to-have-a-baby-when-climate-change-is-remaking-life-on-earth/]
– Conscription in the “trans capital of the world” [http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/04/15/pretty-soldiers-this-is-what-conscription-looks-like-for-thailands-trans-women/]
– Ellen Page’s Gaycation documentary series [http://harlot.media/articles/1513/ellen-pages-gay-imperialism-is-not-activism]
– 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, March 19, 2016

Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Saturday, March 19, 2016

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, March 19, 2016
Time: 3:00PM – 6:00PM

Topics:
– “Scoobs, Carps, Pics!” [https://goo.gl/p7In4i]
– Fascist’s Right to Free Speech / Holocaust Denial Laws vs. Martial Law Denialists [http://goo.gl/8RTAIa]
– Stephen Villena and the Politics of Interruption [http://goo.gl/mvMJJQ]
– 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, October 4, 2015

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Location: Holy Trinity Church, 48 McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati
Date: Sunday, October 4, 2015
Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Google Map: http://goo.gl/wCMAl

Topics:

– Peeple is Yelp for people [http://www.wired.com/2015/10/peeple-the-thing-versus-peeple-the-app/]
– Martin Shkreli and the increasing average cost of medicine [http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/09/25/the-drug-industry-wants-us-to-think-martin-shkreli-is-a-rogue-ceo-he-isnt/]
– The Perils of Binary Thinking [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmmakersonfilm/8526584/Adam-Curtis-the-perils-of-binary-thinking-interview.html]
– 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 0927 323 3532

> 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, September 19, 2015, Saturday

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Venue: Uno Morato, Garden Area GYY Building, #1 Tomas Morato Ave, Quezon City
Waze link
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Time: 2:30PM – 5:30PM

Topics:
Scientists should be militant atheists
Ahmed Mohamed
Pope Francis revises annulment procedure
Gen. Luna leadership
Grace Poe’s Citizenship and the Presidency
– 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 0927 343 7441

* 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, June 21, 2015

Join this wonderful group of people for Atheist Solidarity Day!

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Location: Holy Trinity Church, 48 McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015
Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Google Map: http://goo.gl/wCMAl

Topics:

–  Atheist Solidarity Day
– The ethics of livetweeting eavesdropped conversations
Rachel Dolezal and being transrace
Lived feminism and being trans*
Reddit’s ban on Fat People Hate
– 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 0927 323 3532

> 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, June 7, 2015

Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, June 7, 2015

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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
Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015
Time: 3:00PM – 6:00PM

Topics:
Ethics of writing fiction
Rape in fiction
Duterte and the Davao Death Squad
Caitlyn Jenner
Tony Meloto
-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 0927 323 3532

* 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, May 17, 2015

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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
Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Time: 2:30PM – 5:00PM

Topics:
-Manny Pacquiao Fight
Mary Jane Veloso and the Death Penalty
Nepal Earthquake
Dad bods
-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 0927 323 3532

* 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, April 19, 2015

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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
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015
Time: 2:30PM – 5:00PM

Topics:
-Stopping welfare cash for anti-vaccine parents [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-32274107?hc_location=ufi]
-Sexual consent and Alzheimer’s [http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/04/07/in-an-iowa-courtroom-an-astonishing-case-of-sex-and-alzheimers/?hpid=z4&hc_location=ufi]
-Anti-bullying law for public officials [http://www.rappler.com/nation/89837-binay-anti-bullying-law-public-officials?hc_location=ufi]
-Indiana hires PR firm after religious objections law [http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-indiana-hires-pr-firm-after-religious-objections-law-flap-20150413-story.html?utm_content=buffer94044&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer&hc_location=ufi]
-France bans underweight models [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ainsley-mcwha/i-wish-france-had-banned-underweight-models-when-i-was-one_b_7020356.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000046&hc_location=ufi]
-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 0927 323 3532

* 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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Gov’t May Choose to Hide Findings of New UN Report on Filipino Women

Through our research it has come to our attention that the Philippine government has been constantly delaying its decision on whether to make public the findings of a recent United Nations (UN) inquiry regarding the state of reproductive rights in the city of Manila. The deadline for its decision is March 6, and requests to the Office of the President for a definitive answer by women’s rights groups have apparently been ignored, leaving one to wonder if the government may be hoping the issue might simply blow over quietly.

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An inquiry into women’s reproductive rights violations allegedly perpetrated by the Manila city government was conducted over the period of July to November in 2013 by members of the UN CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women) Committee. However, under the terms of the segment of that treaty termed the Optional Protocol, national governments are allowed to choose whether or not to publicly disclose the inquiry’s findings and recommendations for action.

According to the proceedings of the committee published in the website of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, a member of the CEDAW Committee, one Pramila Patten, met with the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the UN Office in July of 2014 in Geneva to discuss the Philippine government’s response to the inquiry findings. In the absence of a positive response from the government, the CEDAW Committee decided to defer the decision for publication of the report until the CEDAW committee’s current session this year, which runs from Feb 16 to March 6 2015.

Given this administration’s publicly stated commitment to transparency and woman’s rights, and the support such a report would provide for the speedy and effective implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (colloquially known as the RH Law), the Filipino Freethinkers wishes to join in the call for the government to make the CEDAW Committee’s findings public before March 6.

Sources:

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights CEDAW page, session reports

United Nations CEDAW Protocol On State Participation

Imposing Misery, original basis for request of inquiry

Original Philippine Commission on Human Rights statement on Manila City Gov’t

Philippine Star Piece reporting on initiation of original report

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#JeSuisCharlie

#JeSuisCharlie

The Filipino Freethinkers unequivocally denounce the recent violence that befell the people of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. We uphold that speech, however offensive it may seem, should not be met with violence, as protected under freedom of expression. The spirit of this principle is captured in the words of Evelyn Beatrice Hall, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

We offer our deepest sympathies to the bereaved.

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Les Filipino Freethinkers condamnent explicitement la violence récente qui est arrivée aux gens de Charlie Hebdo à Paris en France. Nous faisons respecter que l’expression, si offensante soit-elle, ne devrait pas être affrontée avec la violence, comme protégée par la liberté d’expression. L’esprit de ce principe est capté dans les mots d’Evelyn Beatrice Hall, « Je désapprouve ce que vous dites, mais je défendrai jusqu’à la mort votre droit de le dire. »

Nous offrons nos sympathies les plus profondes aux endeuillés.

 

Nous sommes Charlie.

#JeSuisCharlie

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