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.

Je suis Charlie

by  Andrew Seidel, Freedom From Religion Foundation

The satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo is the latest target for religiously-motivated violence. Three Muslim men didn't like the way the authors, journalists, and cartoonists thought, so they murdered them. Twelve lives ended. Families shattered. Children parentless. And Bill Donahue of the Catholic League says, "Muslims are right to be angry." Donahue sided with the murderers, condemning only their method but saying that we should not "tolerate the kind of intolerance that provoked this violent reaction" and that it was "too bad" Charlie's editor "didn't understand the role he played in his" own death. Isn't it just like religion to blame the victim?

One Lone Non-believer Stops "In God We Trust" Sign in City Hall

Ballwin officials voted Monday to reject a plan to to put up an "In God We Trust" sign on city property.

The Holy Infant Knights of Columbus had pledged $750 to putting the motto on a sign in this St. Louis suburb. All the plan needed was the approval of the city's board of aldermen.

The aldermen voted 6 to 2 against displaying the motto "In God We Trust" in four-inch letters behind the dais, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Freethinkers of Colorado Springs ESSAY CONTEST FIRST PLACE Faithful to the Founders? by Ken Burrows: September 2014

Faithful to the Founders?

by Ken Burrows


The May 5th Supreme Court decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway concluded that the practice by the Greece, NY, town board of opening its meetings with predominantly Christian prayer does not violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. This ruling greenlights a certain religious imposition on those citizens attending the town board meetings who see themselves as excluded or at least marginalized by being subjected to official governmental prayer, sectarian in nature, that effectively endorses a faith they do not themselves subscribe to.

Government and employers capture the employee bedroom

The stunning Burwell v. Hobby Lobby et.al. Supreme Court Decision grants "closely held" corporations newly created "religious freedoms" that trump the religious freedoms of living breathing human beings.  This creates a special class of "corporate personhood" with the power to nullify the human freedoms and Constitutional Rights of its Human employees.

Equal Justice Under Law? By Groff Schroeder: May 2014

More than 200 years ago, the founding fathers of the United States of America created a unique system of government Constitution based on Enlightenment principles and a series of Amendments called the “Bill of Rights.” Although designed to protect individual citizens from government overreach and dedicated to equality under the law, their original Constitution perpetuated slavery and guaranteed equality only to male land owners.

Laboratory of Democracy by Groff Schroeder: August 2013

In 1932, Supreme Court Justice Lewis Brandeis indirectly coined the phrase, “laboratory of democracy” to describe America's state legislatures by writing, “It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” Since the 2010 midterms, it appears that these metaphorical laboratories have initiated numerous experiments with America's most basic ideals.

 

Two states now prohibit state employee's unions from participating in collective bargaining, apparently denying American citizens in those states the right to enter into contracts if they choose to exercise their freedom of association and freedom of speech at the same time. America's challenging economic climate has led nineteen states to allow state government to forcibly intervene in local finances. Michigan even allows transferring the power and duties of municipal representatives elected by the People to an “emergency manager” appointed by the governor. Angry citizens soundly revoked this law at the ballot box by citizen initiative, but a “lame duck” session of the state legislature that originally passed the law reinstated it. When a US District Court failed to issue an injunction, Detroit's approximately 700,000 citizen's came to live under the “orders” of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, rather than a democratic government of their own, duly elected representatives.

 

Science on the Defensive in Italy

 

Around Italy, Researchers Rally to Defend Science

on 10 June 2013, 1:10 PM 

Tourists visiting the famous Spanish Steps in Rome on Saturday were treated to an unusual spectacle: Some 30 researchers suddenly showed up, unfolded banners and placards in different languages, and stood motionless on the steps for several minutes. Their flash mob was part of an unprecedented series of events across Italy to protest what organizers say is an antiscientific attitude in Italy and widespread "misinformation" about science in the media.

Why a "National Day of Prayer"?

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, was the "National Day of Prayer". For the life of me I can’t figure out why. Prayer seems quite pointless — and not only to me, but to both the scientific community and the Bible.

Nonbelievers excluded from interfaith service, despite humanist community victims in Boston bombing

 

Nonbelievers excluded from interfaith service, despite humanist community victims in Boston bombing

Secular News Daily

April 18, 2013 

 

Washington, DC— The Secular Coalition for America is disappointed and saddened that the nontheist community was excluded from the Interfaith Service taking place in the wake of Monday's marathon bombing—despite that at least two of the victims of the bombing were part of the nontheist community.

Why Chaplains Should Be Contracted, Not Commissioned: Carlos Bertha, Council on Secular Humanism

 

ARMY OF GOD: America’s Armed Forces vs. Their Nontheists

Why Chaplains Should Be Contracted, Not Commissioned

Carlos Bertha


The Air Force Chaplain Corps provides spiritual care and the opportunity . . . [for Air Force members] to exercise their Constitutional right to the free exercise of religion.

—From the U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps History and Mission (airforce.com)

I have always questioned the presence of, say, a dharma wheel or Jewish tablets adorning a chaplain’s military uniform. How can these displays not be seen as government endorsement of religion?

Freethinkers of Colorado Springs Co-Founder Elected President of the American Humanist Association


The Freethinkers of Colorado Springs
are proud to congratulate Rebecca Hale
on her election as president
of the American Humanist Association.  

 

Will the world end on December 21st 2012?

Will the world end on December 21st 2012? Here's what one very well-known astrophysicist thinks:

"The 2012 end-of-the-world scenario is a hoax perpetrated by the scientifically illiterate on the scientifically under-informed. Earth is going to be here till the end of the solar system. The sun will die in five billion years."

-- Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, author, and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

Mayan Calendar Survivors' Party

12/22/2012 - 18:00
12/22/2012 - 22:00

Mayan Calendar Survivors' Party

December 22, 2012     6:00 PM to ?

Jack Quinn's Pub 

21 South Tejon Street (upstairs)

Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

 

EVERYBODY WELCOME!

 

Please join the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs as we celebrate the "end of the Mayan Calendar" - and the latest scientifically dubious prediction of total apocalypse with comraderie, drink, food - and DOOR PRIZES.  

 

Corporate Religion? By Groff Schroeder: September 2012

 

 

Corporate Religion?

By Groff Schroeder

 

On July 27, 2012, United States District Court for the District of Colorado Judge John Kane granted an injunction to prevent the implementation of new provisions of the Affordable Care Act eliminating co-pays for eight types of preventative care including contraception, sterilization, and sexually transmitted disease testing. The issues in dispute included the Act's attempt to ensure that all non-church employers in the United States provide employees access to preventative and reproductive health care without a co-pay, and a Denver company's claim that failing to charge a co-pay to employees for such services - would cause “imminent, irreparable harm” to the company's “freedom of religion.” The judge only considered the case with respect to the defendants (the United States Government) and the Plaintiffs (the Newland Family, owners of Hercules Industries, a heating and air conditioning manufacturer).

Mired in the Middle Ages By Jan Brazill: August 2012

 

 

Mired in the Middle Ages

by Janet Brazill

 

Humans are exploring our Solar System! Not physically, but with spacecraft which can provide many answers to our questions. The recent landing of  “Curiosity” on the surface of Mars is giving us pictures in 3D of the Martian surface and performing various tests to determine if life ever existed there. This is only the latest remote-controlled spacecraft to land there.

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