Come and enjoy good food and great conversation with other Freethinkers! Bring a dish to share, bring your spouse and/or friend, and bring a bottle of beer or wine or whatever you’d like to drink; coffee and tea are provided by the host(s). Socials usually begin at 6:00 pm and break up around 9:00 pm. Remember to mark your calendar; socials are on the second Saturday of the month. Please click "Read more" for all the details . . .
Correctly performed and logically interpreted statistics play essential roles in science, engineering, and medicine, providing information about objective (verifiable) aspects of the system under study. Statistical analyses in materials science and design engineering ensure the wheels of your car do not fly off into the distance when you hit a pothole at 15 miles per hour. Logic, the scientific method, and statistics helped scientists to show that smoking causes heart disease. Because most smokers also drink coffee, the same series of scientific studies showed coffee drinking is associated with (only appears to cause) heart disease.
In December of 2014, Chancellor Jack Hawkins sent an email to the faculty, staff, and students of Troy University in Alabama containing a video warning that morality can come only from religion
Anne Nicol Gaylor, Civil and Human Rights Champion and Defender of Separation of Church and State, Dies at 88Submitted by ftcsadmin2 on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:10.
Anne Nicol Gaylor, who founded the Freedom From Religion Foundation with her daughter Annie Laurie Gaylor and friend Jon Sontark in 1976, died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 14, 2015.
Ms. Gaylor led the Freedom From Religion Foundation for 28 years between 1976 and 2004. In 1972, she founded Women's Medical Fund, Inc., apparently the oldest abortion rights organization in the United States.
Anne Gaylor is the author of "Lead Us Not into Penn Station," and launched many legal challenges in defense of the separation of church and state. As the plaintiff in the Gaylor vs. Reagan, she challenged the Constitutionality of President Reagan's 1982 Proclamation 5018 declaring 1983 as the "Year of the Bible" as an establishment of religion. The Constitutionality of Proclamation 5018 was never tested in court because Gaylor vs. Reagan was declared moot when President Reagan signed a Law passed by Congress (Public Law 97-280) that made the same declaration.
She was 88.
by Dan Barker
What Is A Freethinker?
free-think-er n. A person who forms opinions about religion on the basis of reason, independently of tradition, authority or established belief… No one can be a freethinker who demands conformity to a bible, creed, or messiah. To the freethinker, revelation and faith are invalid, and orthodoxy is no guarantee of truth.
How do freethinkers know what is true?
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has uttered some odd, if not downright scary, views on any number of topics, including his firm belief in the devil. He claims a commitment to “originalism” in judicial philosophy, which basically means using historical inquiry to discern the original intent of the Constitution’s framers. This once led him to argue that flogging in the 21st century would be allowable because the framers did not specifically prohibit it.
But these examples aside, it is Scalia’s church-state views that really give one pause.
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.
Nous sommes EAME
by Groff Schroeder
Another mass murder. Another "lone nut." Another brilliant upcoming objective Public Servant who dared to serve the People (instead of The people) dead - along with many others who dared to associate with him.
Why in America are guns beloved far above true Public Servants? Why are the taxes that pay their salaries - and fund the sewers, emergency services, public infrastructure, and public welfare we all depend upon - hated, reviled, and evaded in a way that was once illegal but now has become a way of life?
Earlier this year the “In Good Faith” column of the Independent newspaper included a rather paradoxical observation by Focus on the Family president Jim Daly, as he answered the question: “Does morality require a religious foundation?” Daly referred to lay theologian and novelist C.S. Lewis who, he said, held the notion that “a sense of right and wrong is innate to human nature.” Daly went on to say this very notion is evidence for God’s existence and said “without Him [God] there would be no such thing as goodness.”
It appears that a small number of extremely well funded Christians and Christian groups have been relatively successful in buying (from our "elected" "representatives") the legal precedent that Christian "freedom of religion" does not exist unless Christians have the ability (special right) to deny a wide variety of freedoms from everyone else. Non-Christians and non-believers already have to put up with frank religiousity in government settings such as government sponsored prayer favoring a single religion, religious statements favoring judeo-christian religion on currency, state sponsored religiously motivated limits to reproductive freedom, unequal treatment of minorities based on religious beliefs, state support of religion through tax free status, etc., etc., etc.
What if some foreign country attacked someone in your neighborhood, city, state, or nation with deadly rockets or bombs? What if they killed acquaintances, family members, or friends, and blew up your house, business, school, or other important local infrastructure? Whether you agreed with that country's motives or ideals or not, would you willingly support that country, help it achieve its goals, or do as its leaders asked? Would you see the foreign country as your friend - - or would you see that country’s citizens as an enemy?