By their nature, religion and humanism are largely seen as foes. But this is not always true in every respect. In fact, parts of Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on human ecology and the environment, Laudato Si (Praise be to you), share elements of humanist philosophy.
The Freethinkers of Colorado Springs are hosting the area’s secular groups for a shared picnic and get-together. It will take place on Saturday, August 8th, from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm at Pavilion “C” in Memorial Park. We hope you’ll join us! Please click "Read more" for all the details . . .
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.
June 26, 2015 was an important day in the United States for both Equality Under the Law and Freedom of Religion due to the Obergefell vs Hodges Supreme Court Decision legalizing marriage equality in the United States.
The full text of the Obergefell vs Hodges Decision can be found at the link below.
Long time member, Lisa Murphy Noon's husband Jerimy Noon died on June 5, 2015. There will be a memorial service for him at Hillside Gardens Event Center on Friday July 10, 2015 beginning at 10:00 A.M. Hillside Gardens is at 1006 S Institute St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 In lieu of gifts it is suggested that you make donations to Finding Our Voices (FOV PO Box 1442 Colorado Springs, CO 80903) or the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs P.O Box 62946 Colorado Springs, CO 80962-946.
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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?
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.