CFI-Harlem Monthly Discussion

Sunday, May 31st 2009 at 1:00 pm
Sunday, May 31st 2009 at 4:00 pm
Harlem State Office Building, 163 W. 125th Street, 8th Floor (Trains: 2, 3, A, B, C, D).

We are on the move this month: A field trip is planned to the wonderful bucolic elevated island in Manhattan, Morris-Jumel Mansion (go to their website) at 163rd and St. Nicholas (C train to 163rd). We will quickly stroll through the Williamsburg-like Sylvan Terrace (pristine cobblestone streets), tour the stately mansion, which closes at 4 p.m. and was built by slaves (suggested donation $5), float through the verdant lush grounds, browse at a privately owned bookstore (purchases optional) and visit a privately owned museum (fee will be $7 if there are 20 of us, $10 otherwise).

Note: Paul Robeson lived in this elegant enclave! He is our brother in Freethought. We'll see his grand brownstone, then have dinner in Washington Heights afterwards. So, we will enjoy each other's company until about 6 p.m.

We will meet at 1 p.m. (same time, same place) and break uptown at at 1:45 p.m. by train or a shared cab ride, which will be about $3 each person.

Before we depart for the field trip, we will briefly discuss these stories:

-- More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops
-- 40 Million Nonbelievers in America? The Secret Is Almost Out  

And our Tyranny of Believers portion will be based on this story:

-- 8-Year-Old Saudi Girl Divorces 50-Year-Old Husband