The Freethinkers of Colorado Springs accept points of view verified by engineering, logic, mathematics, and science rather than beliefs stemming from authority, emotion, dogma, or tradition. Founded in 1993 in response to Colorado's Amendment 2, the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs advocate the use of reason, defend the separation of church and state, and support interpersonal dialogue, non-violence, human rights, civil rights, reproductive rights, and equality for all.

“Useful” religion, by Ken Burrows: Freethought Views April 2019

“Useful” religion

By Ken Burrows

By his numerous statements on the subject, we know Thomas Jefferson believed government and religion function best when they are kept separate. He was often accused of being anti-religion for his separationist views, though he frequently made respectful references to God. Nonetheless another Founder, Alexander Hamilton, often loudly assailed Jefferson for being godless. Hamilton did this to win political points against his long-time rival, setting himself up as the more godly candidate at a time when the religion-government relationship was in deep debate.

Abortion and Human Freedom, by Groff Schroeder: Freethought Views March 2019

Abortion and Human Freedom

by Groff Schroeder

 

Abortion may be the most divisive issue in modern politics, but abortion is anything but new. Numerous societies, including the Romans and Greeks, practiced not only abortion, but infanticide. Spontaneous abortions, colloquially called "miscarriage" and "stillbirth," have all but certainly occurred since the dawn of the human species. So why is abortion controversial?

 

First, do no harm, by Ken Burrows: Freethought Views February 2019

First, do no harm

By Ken Burrows


The 2014 Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision granting a religious exemption to providing contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act predictably led to efforts to broaden the definition of “religious freedom” in ways that deny or limit the rights of others in matters of birth control. When the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges Court ruling made same-sex marriage a constitutional right, these efforts intensified, especially with regard to marriage. Such efforts often mimic the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the Court-cited basis for the Burwell ruling. RFRA constrains how a law may impact religious practice. Critics say that ruling gave too much deference to religion at the expense of individual rights and equal treatment and results in unduly harming others. 

Thank You

 

Thank You


The Freethinkers of Colorado Springs is a 100% volunteer Colorado nonprofit charitable organization and a US IRS 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1993 in response to Colorado's infamous "Amendment 2," which amended the Colorado Constitution to prohibit "any statute, regulation, ordinance or policy" through which gays, lesbians, or bisexuals could "have or claim any minority status, quota preferences, protected status or claim of discrimination." Amendment 2 (also known as "Initiative 2") was adopted after a voter referendum, and remains a part of the Colorado Constitution to this day as Section 30b. However, Amendment 2 never became law in Colorado because an emergency injunction prevented it from being enacted initially, and Section 30b of the Colorado Constitution was declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court. The 1996 Romer vs. Evans Supreme Court Decision ruled (6-3) that Amendment 2 violated the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution because it explicit[ly] "prohibits all legislative, executive or judicial action at any level of state or local government designed to protect the named class."

Winter Solstice 2019

12/21/2019 - 21:19
12/21/2019 - 21:20

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Winter Solstice 2019

Saturday, December 21

9:19 p.m. MST

 

 

The first day of winter is December 21, 2019 with the solstice occurring at 9:19 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

 

The Freethinkers of Colorado Springs hopes that you and yours had a safe, satisfing, and rewarding 2019, and that 2020 will be even better.

 

Another challenge, by Groff Schroeder: Freethought Views December 2018

Another challenge

by Groff Schroeder

 

"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country," so spoke President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on January 20, 1961. Kennedy's inspirational inaugural address provided a hopeful counterpoint to the prescient warning in the farewell address of the outgoing President, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

 

Constitutional contradictions, by Ken Burrows: Freethought Views November 2018

Constitutional contradictions

By Ken Burrows

 

Our Founders created the U.S. Constitution to be a secular document, consistent with their intent to keep religion and government separate. Its references to religion are limited to a ban on requiring a religious test for public office (Article VI) and a directive that government neither establish religion nor prohibit its practice (First Amendment). By contrast, most state constitutions depart from the Founders’ example by weaving religion into their wording.

Propaganda Techniques, by Groff Schroeder: Freethought Views October 2018

Propaganda Techniques

by Groff Schroeder

 

 

The techniques of propaganda have been successfully applied in politics and war since 1917. Just 20 years after the disastrous First World War, propaganda led the educated and egalitarian people of Germany into a disastrous Second World War. Even after the propaganda attack on the 2016 election, many Americans appear unfamiliar with the techniques of propaganda.

 

 

AD HOMINEM: Personal attack.

AD NAUSEAM: Regurgitate until accepted.

AGENDA SETTING: "Suck all the oxygen" out of news and debate.

The Future of Roe, by "Rosalind Arden" (anonymous): Freethought Views September 2018

 

 

The Future of Roe

By "Rosalind Arden"

 

When Brett Kavanaugh sits down to testify before the judiciary committee he will of course declare his belief in Roe v Wade as settled law. What he won’t declare is that he is probably more than willing to chip away at Roe by upholding any law that places obstacles in the way of women trying to assert their rights under Roe. Most of these restrictions come from states where laws designed to deny access to abortions are advanced under the guise of “protecting women.” These laws can come before the Supreme Court and can be enforced by a conservative majority. For this and many other reasons we do not want this man on the Supreme Court. Pro-choice advocates are right to be worried about the future of a fundamental women’s right.

Vernal Equinox 2020

03/19/2019 - 20:20

The 2020 vernal equinox occurs at 9:20 p.m. on March 19, 2020.

Don't miss it.

July 4, 2018, by Groff Schroeder: Freethought Views July 2018

 

July 4, 2018

by Groff Schroeder

 

On July 2, 1776, America's Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, which Americans have celebrated on July 4th ever since. Thirteen years and one Revolutionary War later, the ratification of the United States Constitution established America's Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches, which defend the Rule of Law through "Checks and Balances" and the threat of removal from office upon Impeachment and conviction for "Bribery" and "high Crimes and Misdemeanors." The 1791 "Bill of Rights" amended the Constitution to define the rights and freedoms of the People, establishing religious freedom, a free press, the right to assemble, Due Process of Law, Equality Under the Law, privacy, and numerous other human and civil rights. Countless human beings have died to "defend the Constitution and laws of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic."

Freethinkers of Colorado Springs Official Statement on Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy

Freethinkers of Colorado Springs

Official Statement

regarding the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy

 

ABORTION OR NOT? by Jan Brazill: Freethought Views June 2018

 

ABORTION OR NOT?

by Jan Brazill

 

What Would You Do?

I have seen many young women with their baby carriages lining the streets protesting abortion clinics. These are women who, most likely, have traditional marriages that welcome families. I had to wonder if any of them had made difficult choices during their pregnancies.

 

On morality and reality, by Ken Burrows: Freethought Views May 2018

 

On morality and reality

By Ken Burrows

 

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which regularly tracks the incidence of hate crimes and terroristic activity, recently reported how the manipulating of religion has become increasingly popular as a way to create “moral” foundations for criminal radicalism. The SPLC stated that violent extremists “are inspired by religious concepts and scriptural interpretations to lash out and kill in the name of religion.” It cited examples of white supremacists, militia extremists, anti-Semites, anti-abortionists and others who justify violent criminal actions by claiming to be “holy warriors” carrying out divine mandates of one form or another. (The SPLC specifically notes this radicalism is not to be confused with people who are simply extremely religious but do not follow their fervor to criminal ends.)

 

Right or Crime? by Groff Schroeder: Freethought Views, April 2018

Right or Crime?

by Groff Schroeder

 

Since the dawn of written history, societies have created and enforced laws to encourage stability, advance justice, and protect themselves from crime, war, and internal and external attack. About 4000 years ago, the Sumerians authored the Codes of Ur Nammu and Hammurabi and established impartial courts. The Greek state ensured laws were public and were applied equally to all some 1200 years later by overturning "Draconian" laws favoring the wealthy. Rome's "Twelve Tables" set court procedures and established summonses - but prohibited plebeian/patrician marriage and allowed creditors to "divide the [debtor's] body among them." The 1215 Magna Carta reined in monarchies, and created the idea of due process of law. In 1791, continuing evolution of law led to the United States Constitution and its “Bill of Rights,” which forbid bribery and established a free democratic republic exercising four founding legal principles: no one is above the law (supremacy of law), all accused experience independent processes designed to acquit (due process of law), and government treats everyone equally (equality under law) rather than serving wealth and power (rule of law).

 

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