This is a social event where non-religious people get together to both strengthen friendships and make new friends. Some people buy food, some just tea or coffee, and some buy nothing. No one leads the events. We just talk, listen, and visit.
NATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY
Learn more here: http://religiousfreedomday.com/
by Andrew Seidel, Freedom From Religion Foundation
The satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo is the latest target for religiously-motivated violence. Three Muslim men didn't like the way the authors, journalists, and cartoonists thought, so they murdered them. Twelve lives ended. Families shattered. Children parentless. And Bill Donahue of the Catholic League says, "Muslims are right to be angry." Donahue sided with the murderers, condemning only their method but saying that we should not "tolerate the kind of intolerance that provoked this violent reaction" and that it was "too bad" Charlie's editor "didn't understand the role he played in his" own death. Isn't it just like religion to blame the victim?
"American Freethought," a four-part documentary presented by the Council for Secular Humanism and written, produced, and directed by Roderick Bradford, will be presented by the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs on four consecutive Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, beginning February 11th. Please click "Read more" for additional details ...
ACLU: Greatest Successes and Current Activities by Kathleen Hynes
East Library, 5550 North Union
We'll be treated to a rousing story of the American Civil Liberties Union by Denver area spokesperson Kathleen Hynes. We asked her to tell us about the ACLU's greatest successes, and then tell us about it's current big challenges. If she were speaking today issue like police murders, US torture policies, campaign corruption might be the big issue. No one knows what will be the hot issues come mid January, but that's what we will be talking about.
Fairness for Palestine?
By Bill Durland, J.D., Ph.D.
How may we determine whether Palestine should be a free, independent and sovereign nation? When critical thinking employs justice, logic and humane treatment, we may be able to answer that. So what is in the way? There are myths Americans believe that have clouded their thinking.
Ballwin officials voted Monday to reject a plan to to put up an "In God We Trust" sign on city property.
The Holy Infant Knights of Columbus had pledged $750 to putting the motto on a sign in this St. Louis suburb. All the plan needed was the approval of the city's board of aldermen.
The aldermen voted 6 to 2 against displaying the motto "In God We Trust" in four-inch letters behind the dais, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Faithful to the Founders?
by Ken Burrows
The May 5th Supreme Court decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway concluded that the practice by the Greece, NY, town board of opening its meetings with predominantly Christian prayer does not violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. This ruling greenlights a certain religious imposition on those citizens attending the town board meetings who see themselves as excluded or at least marginalized by being subjected to official governmental prayer, sectarian in nature, that effectively endorses a faith they do not themselves subscribe to.