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.

Strange success by Groff Schroeder: Freethought Views February 2017

Strange success
by Groff Schroeder

On Friday, January 27 President Trump signed an executive order that repeatedly cites the September 11, 2001 attacks and claims to protect the United States from terrorist attack by prohibiting travel and immigration to the United States for 130 million individuals and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries - not one of which is associated with terrorist attacks in the United States. Countries that have been involved in terrorist attacks, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, were excluded from the ban. The Trump Organization (which President Trump remains directly associated with despite a strong need to present at least the appearance of integrity in the public trust) maintains business interests in the excluded nations, but not the banned nations. Sad.

Funny elections? by Groff Schroeder: December 2016

Funny elections?

By Groff Schroeder

 

Most Americans agree that free and fair elections are a crucial foundation of our democratic republic, its Constitution, its People, and our freedoms. Yet few would disagree with this statement from the recent election campaign, “There is something funny about the elections, folks.”

 

Freedom vs. Tyranny by Groff Schroeder: November 2016

Freedom vs. Tyranny


By Groff Schroeder

Freedom is the absence of illegitimate control by government. In contrast, tyranny is forced compliance with arbitrary, brutal, cruel, oppressive, and unlawful government. Freedom provides the ability to control and advance one's own destiny and to live, speak, and write as you wish without fear, interference, or coercion. Free societies provide citizens government protection from environmental degradation, enforced religion, and personal or financial exploitation through the the Rule of Law. Tyranny provides constant, invasive, and personally threatening surveillance designed to escalate societal compliance rooted in constant fear of imminent government-directed arrest, coercion, torture, and murder. Tyranny is law unto itself, exploiting the environment, religion, and citizens directly.

Unpatriotic? by Groff Schroeder: October 2016

Unpatriotic?

By Groff Schroeder

Great controversy has recently enveloped athletes who kneel in protest during America's national anthem, a song whose third verse apparently celebrates the execution of American slaves who sought freedom by escaping their owners and serving the British in the War of 1812. While regular rituals of American life honor patriotic symbols such as the American flag, American culture rarely provides similar recognition or respect to the founding documents and principles of the United States, their history, or the nation they establish - let alone the rights and freedoms they guarantee. While many Americans know the history of the American flag and national anthem, fewer appear to know the history of the US Constitution.

Fact or Falsehood? by Groff Schroeder: September 2016

Fact or Falsehood?


by Groff Schroeder

If someone believes a falsehood and repeats it, are they lying? In these “interesting times” of “clickbait,” media megalopoly, and advertising and entertainment driven “news,” how can we be sure our statements are correct?

Religious Freedom? by Groff Schroeder - August 2016

Religious Freedom?


By Groff Schroeder

So-called "religious freedom laws" suggest that the United States Constitution grants religious freedom to not only human beings, but also non-human entities such as businesses, corporations, organizations, and institutions. Ironically, these laws appear to grant citizens and non-human organizations alike the power to deny civil rights the Constitution guarantees to all citizens.

What should be done about the Nones? by Rodger Jump - July 2016

What should be done about the Nones?


By Rodger Jump

First, what are the Nones? When you go to the hospital for surgery, you fill out a form that asks for your religious affiliation. I suppose in case things don’t go well. One of the choices is “None.” So patients who have no religious affiliation get tagged with the appellation of Nones. So too in society at large, the religiously unaffiliated often become Nones.

My creed by Robert G. Ingersoll (1907)

My creed:

To love justice, to long for the right,
to love mercy,
to pity the suffering, to assist the weak,

to forget wrongs and remember benefits,
to love the truth, to be sincere,
to utter honest words, to love liberty,
to wage relentless war
against slavery in all its forms,

How dogma plays with "facts" by Ken Burrows: June 2016

When religious operatives attempt to bend law and public policies to coincide with their dogmas, they at times put forth nonreligious “facts” to support their desired goal. This makes their maneuvering look less like religious imposition or outright animus. Problem is, these facts are often fictions.

The diversity in nonbelief by Rebecca Hale: May 2016

Over the past dozen years, the term “New Atheism” has come into vogue, often understood as a label for a more assertive brand of nonbelief in God. In some forms it includes attempting to literally disprove God’s existence and/or aggressively criticize nearly all of religion’s influence on individuals and society.

The concept has been excoriated by conservative religious believers, as would be expected. Less expected is seeing it criticized by folks politically more moderate and liberal who see this highly visible atheism as being insufficiently concerned with social justice issues like women’s rights, racial equality, and the environment. So does atheism in general not care about such issues?

What drives religious change by Joseph Langston: April 2016

Do perceived levels of personal and societal security affect the importance of religion and religious behavior? Compelling data says “yes,” as revealed in the Existential Security Thesis (EST) of religion.

Is atheism the easy route? by Ken Burrows: March 2016

After NFL running back Arian Foster announced publicly in 2015 that he does not believe in God, one Colorado sportswriter penned a commentary saying that while he admired Foster’s honesty, “cultivating faith demands more labor than discarding faith. Foster walks the easier route.”

Je suis Bruxelles

Nos pensées et nos condoléances vont aux victimes de la violence politique à Bruxelles.

Freethinkers of Colorado Springs

March 23, 2016

Inside the Minds and Movement of Amerca's NonBelievers by Joseph Langston

04/17/2016 - 13:30
04/17/2016 - 15:30

Inside the Minds and Movement of Amerca's NonBelievers 

by Joseph Langston

Sunday, April 17 at 1:30-3:30 pm
 Pine Room, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Avenue 

Free and open to the public.

 

False choices By Ken Burrows: February 2016

False choices By Ken Burrows


Conservative columnist Star Parker, who’s known for embracing creationism over evolution and who has called public schools godless “cesspools,” is fond of declaring that America faces mutually exclusive religious vs. secular existential alternatives, and only the religious option can save the country. Of same-sex marriage, she wrote in 2013 that it contradicts biblical tradition, which she insists our laws must be based on, and concluded: “We have only two options. Turn back to where we belong or watch the continuing collapse of our country.” Implying we “belong” in a biblically dominated state.
Syndicate content