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.

Tragedy by Groff Schroeder: January 2016

Tragedy by Groff Schroeder

Imagine a 1960’s Twilight Zone episode in which a physician discovers that a popular and profitable home safety product is actually a deadly macroscopic communicable disease agent. Despite horrific public events, more and more people find the marketing so compelling, and the product so attractive, that they not only seek out the pathogenic agent but also pay handsomely for it.

Using RFRA to abuse liberty by Ken Burrows: November 2015

Former Supreme Court justice clerk and noted church-state scholar Marci A. Hamilton is a leading spokesperson on the dangers of overinterpreting the meaning of “religious freedom.”

In the wake of the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decisions on contraceptive coverage and same-sex marriage, there has been a proliferation of efforts to invoke “religious freedom” as justification to be exempt from laws citizens must generally follow.

Nous prenons soin...

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

 

Freethinkers of Colorado Springs

November 14, 2015

Why choose a god to be feared? by Ken Burrows: October 2015

Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, who heads up the Pray in Jesus Name (PIJN) Project, is known for incendiary rhetoric, which he defends on biblical grounds. He suggested divine retribution might explain an infamous crime in Longmont earlier this year in which a pregnant woman’s fetus was cut from her womb (the mother-to-be survived; the fetus did not). Klingenschmitt compared this to a Bible passage about pregnant women of Samaria being ripped open because, he said, “they have rebelled against God.” He wondered if the Longmont crime was an example of God cursing America for what he (Klingenschmitt) terms our own rebellion in not protecting the unborn.

Klingenshmitt is also a Colorado state legislator, and he was widely criticized for insensitivity. He eventually apologized, admitting his words “were not compassionate.” He did not back away from the premise that God visits violence on the innocent to express his wrath over the transgressions of others.

Founders' prescient warning about today's "religious freedom" exemptions

The Colorado Springs Gazette, in a September 8 editorial, criticized Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples by observing this is a case of “a public official essentially banning civil marriage in her county.” That’s a fair characterization.

It is also, of course, a case of using a claim to “religious freedom” to discriminate against other citizens in the name of religion.

The only real demon is ignorance by Andie Turner: September 2015

The man was fast asleep, the clock on the wall gently ticking away the seconds until sunrise. As it chimed three, the witching hour, he awoke with a start. Something was horribly wrong. He tried to sit up, to orient himself, when he realized the problem—every muscle in his body was completely paralyzed.  Flooding with terror, the man desperately began to recite a prayer inside his head. But, before he reached “amen," it materialized on top of his chest from the deepest pit of hell: The Demon.

A patently ridiculous claim finally rejected by the Supreme Court

Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis refuses to grant Constitutional Equality Under the Law by issuing marriage licenses to every qualified couple seeking a marriage license who applies in her office.  Speciffically, she cites "religious liberty" in her statements and says that having "[her] name affixed to the [same sex wedding] certificate would violate [her] [apparently Christian] conscience" - even though the bible says nothing about gay marriage.   The United States Supreme Court has refused to stay a Federal Court Order instructing Ms. Davis to issue the marriage licenses or quit her job as Rowan County Clerk.

 

Equality and Religious Freedom by Groff Schroeder: August 2015

Like the 1967 Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision regarding interracial marriage equality, the June 26, 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision legalizing same-sex marriage upholds equality under the law with regard to equal access to marriage. Both cases were decided under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment that was ratified in the wake of the Civil War.

Obergefell vs Hodges - Link to full text including dissents

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.

 

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf

The Pope's humanist side by Ken Burrows: July 2015

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.

Nous sommes EAME

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?

The Fallacy of Composition by Groff Schroeder: June 2015

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

Courting church-state collusion? by Ken Burrows: May 2015

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.

Special Rights are Not Equal Rights

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.

"In God Some of Us Trust.", by Ken Burrows: Freethought Views February 2015

In September 2013 and again in May 2014, courts rejected lawsuits brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to remove the motto “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency. The courts said the phrase does not impose a substantial burden on unbelievers and does not violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. Plaintiffs, represented by lawyer and atheist Michael Newdow, had argued that they were “forced to proselytize -- by an Act of Congress -- for a deity they don’t believe in whenever they handle money.”

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