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Thursday SEPTEMBER 22,


                                                     JOHN  RAFFERTY




                  "The Secular Humanist Society of New York"




The program can be viewed in its entirety by clicking the you tube link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jitNT7ze0g4 - JOHN RAFFERTY






I have been a philosophical humanist all my life, and became an active one when I joined the Secular Humanist Society of New York in 1997. Over the next several years I became a regular contributor to the SHSNY newsletter, PIQUE, and joined the SHSNY Board of Directors in 2003. I became the Editor of PIQUE in 2004, and in 2007 was elected President of the Society, positions I still hold.


In 2012 I will assume the Chairmanship of Reasonable New York, a consortium of eleven New York-area freethought organizations (including New York Society for Ethical Culture, Center For Inquiry-NYC, and New York City Skeptics, as well as SHSNY) that work together to advance the cause of reason and science both here and nationally.


I am a professional writer, and have been all my life. The hours are generally good, most people can’t do what I do, and the work involves no heavy lifting.


After college, the army and jobs as a social worker, bartender, junior-high-school teacher and free-lance “true-adventure” writer for pulp men’s magazines, I became a copywriter in the advertising department of Esquire Magazine. I left to be associate creative director of a small advertising agency, then director, and in 1972 started my own firm, an agency specializing in magazine advertising and public relations.


Since dissolving that business in 1988 (the desktop revolution, which I celebrate personally, was doing me in professionally), I have made my living as a copywriter and free-lance creative director, while editing newsletters on scientific equipment, archaeology, and (pro bono, of course) secular humanism.


I am a graduate of Queens College, SUNY (B.A., Philosophy, 1959), and was a New York State Regents Graduate Fellow at The New School for Social Research (1959-61) studying under distinguished humanist Horace Kallen (Secularism is the Will of God), but left (marriage, a child, only one income) before earning my M.A. Currently I am in a three-year graduate-level program in Humanist Leadership conducted by the Humanist Institute.


I am an active member of The Players, America’s oldest theatrical club.


I am four times a father (best job I ever had), eight a grandfather, and live happily in midtown Manhattan with my wife, the nonpareil painter and environ-artist Donna Marxer.


JOHN RAFFERTY in his own words:

"I'm the President of the Secular Humanist Society of New York and the Editor of its newsletter, PIQUE. I've been a humanist all my life, but only woke up to that fact in the mid-1990s. Meeting other humanists - like the people here - is a joy."




SHSNY Main Page

Secular Humanist Society of New York

Humanism is the philosophy of life guided by reason and science, freed from religious and secular dogmas, motivated by an appreciation of life and the lives of others, seeking to reach goals of human happiness, freedom and understanding on this earth, in this life.

SHSNY is an Affiliated Local Group of the Council for Secular Humanism, and a Charter Chapter of the American Humanist Association.

Video of 2011 Darwin Day Celebration

Visit the Darwin Day page to see the entire video celebration, including the dumbth award.

Recent Talks

SHSNY President and Editor John Rafferty recently gave a talk to the NYC Atheists. You can read Is America A Christian Nation here.

Sam Milligan's recently gave a talk to SHSNY members. Read Confucianism as a Secular Ethical System here.

Calendar of Events

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Guest For THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22,  2011

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