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.

Religion, Environment, and the Cost to Human Freedom - by Marc Pratarelli Ph.D.: July 2012

 

Religion, Environment, and the Cost to Human Freedom

Marc Pratarelli, Ph.D.

 

A cognitive neuroscientist might see freedom as the integrity of the individual brain to exist.  Consciousness evolved in the natural order of the universe because it was adaptive. Any organism that possesses it—more or less—exercises a degree of free choice to negotiate a complex environment. Similarly, morality is one of many cognitive tools organisms use to survive. It’s not uniquely human.

 

Slow Operations By Groff Schroeder: Freethinkers of Colorado Springs June 2012

 

Slow Operations

By Groff Schroeder

 

Late in the age of enlightenment, brave and brilliant citizens of the “new world” created a constitutional democratic republic called the United States of America. While waging a difficult “Revolutionary War” between 1775 and 1783, America's founders adopted three documents, a “Declaration of Independence” (July 4, 1776), a Constitution (September 17, 1787), and a Bill of Rights (August 21, 1789). Together with a series of elegant symbols such as E Pluribus Unum (the motto “from many one”), these documents founded a “federalist” nation, a democratic republic whose government is the functional aspect – the working reality – of the United States of America.

 

War on..., US? By Groff Schroeder: Freethinkers of Colorado Springs May 2012

War on..., US?

By Groff Schroeder

 

The United States Congress has not declared war since 1941, yet we hear of "war" on Christmas, drugs, guns, poverty, science, terror - you name it. The war on drugs and the (oxymoronic) war on terror clearly are wars, whereas wars on poverty and science appear as mere hyperbole. So in today's overpopulated "war on [insert target here]" environment, what actually constitutes war?

 

Triumph of Reason: The Scientific Method By Groff Schroeder: Freethought Views April 2012

 

Triumph of Reason: The Scientific Method

By Groff Schroeder

 

All modern technology stems from the scientific method. Misrepresented by detractors as everything from fraud to religion, the scientific method defines a group of repeatable, verifiable, and predictive practices that have led humans to the pinnacle of technology upon which we now stand.

 

American Women's Burqa By Jan Brazill: Freethought Views March 2012

 

American Women's Burqa  

By Jan Brazill

 

The Taliban has been notorious for its treatment of women in Afghanistan. Whenever they appear in public women are forced to wear a burqa, an all-enveloping garment that covers the wearer's entire body except for a small region about the eyes which is covered by a concealing mesh or grille. Women are not allowed to work or be educated after the age of eight. They cannot be treated by male doctors unless accompanied by a male chaperone, which means that many illnesses remain untreated. They face public flogging and even execution for violations of the Taliban's Islamic laws. The burqa effectively assigns Afghan women to a secondary status in society.

Creation Science 101 By Roy Zimmerman: Freethought Views February 2012

 

Creation Science 101 - by Roy Zimmerman

I write satirical songs - funny songs about politics, social issues, etc. It's getting easier and easier, frankly. A lot of my shows are sponsored by Freethinkers, Secular Students, Centers for Inquiry, Coalitions for Reason, Humanists, Skeptics and other heathens. One reason for this is my song "Creation Science 101."

What Are We Voting For? By Jan Brazil: January 2012

This election season, having just witnessed the end of the war in Iraq, we would do well to remember a memorial sermon given by Rabbi Roland B. Gittelsohn, the first Jewish chaplain the Marine Corps ever appointed.

Of 70,000 American Marines on Iwo Jima, 1,500 were Jewish. Rabbi Gittelsohn was in the thick of the fray, ministering to Marines of all faiths in the combat zone. When the fighting was over, he was asked to deliver the memorial sermon at a combined religious service dedicating the Marine Cemetery.

Unfortunately, racial and religious prejudice led to problems with the ceremony. Division Chaplain Warren Cuthriell, a Protestant minister, originally asked Rabbi Gittelsohn to deliver the memorial sermon, wanting all the fallen Marines (black and white, Protestant, Catholic and Jewish) honored in a single, nondenominational ceremony. However, the majority of Christian chaplains objected to having a rabbi preach over predominantly Christian graves.

Cuthriell refused to alter his plans, but Gittelsohn, wanting to avoid further embarrassment, decided to comply, so three separate religious services were held. At the Jewish service, Rabbi Gittelsohn delivered the powerful eulogy he originally wrote for the combined service:

Two Spirits - by Gary King: November 2011

 

TWO SPIRITS interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn't simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.

Closure? - by Groff Schroeder: Freethought Views September 2011

Closure?

by Groff Schroeder

 

While some suggest we “look forward not back1," it appears some events, both before and after September 11, 2001, are important not to forget, but to remember.

 

Freedom, freedom, who gets the freedom? - by Groff Schroeder: Freethought Views August 2011

 

Freedom, freedom, who gets the freedom?    - by Groff Schroeder

We hear a lot about the getting government “off our backs,” but not so much about the relentless march of government – especially government sponsored religion - into our pants. Although the 1965 Griswold vs. Connecticut Supreme Court Decision declared a state's arrest of married couples using birth control unconstitutional, the unparalleled successes of “pay for play,” and “pray for play,” politics suggests that birth control opponents could soon return state policing of reproductive practices to the marital bedroom. Meanwhile, despite birth control's proven ability to prevent abortions, opponents successfully employ apparently unethical tactics that deny countless Americans access to birth control every day, no matter what their marital or religious status.

The Religious Roots of Terrorism - by Jan Brazill: Freethought Views July 2011

The Religious Roots of Terrorism - by Jan Brazill

If only…

Nowhere are these words of regret more distressing than in our current concern with terrorism. The dreadful event of 9/11, the bombings worldwide with increased security at home, even the airport searches that make air travel uncomfortable—all these could have been avoided, if only…

God's omnipotence - by Hugh Noe: Freethought Views June 2011

 

God’s omnipotence

By Hugh Noe

Probably the most difficult aspect of organized religion to "swallow" is the concept of god's omnipotence. Believers will often tell you that god is omnipotent – all powerful. Their god is responsible for every occurrence on earth, all the good things and all the bad, every birth, every medical condition, and every death that occurs. It’s all within god’s control, and part of god’s plan. And, if you want a particular outcome, just pray to god, and your chances are good, because god loves you, and he can make it so.

We can know - by Groff Schroeder: Freethought Views May 2011

 

We can know

Throughout history, countless prophets from countless religions have issued countless prophecies predicting the end of the world. Radio personality Harold Camping and the website www.wecanknow.com, predict the “rapture of believers” will occur on May 21, 2011 (this weekend), with destruction of the earth and universe to follow on October 21. In 1992, Camping previously predicted these events would occur in September 1994.

Who do you trust? - by Groff Schroeder: Freethought Views April 21, 2011

Who do you trust?

By Groff Schroeder

Between 1630 and 1643, “Puritans” seeking religious freedom emigrated to America. Despite experiencing religious repression in Britain, the Puritan's Massachusetts Bay Colony punished citizens like Roger Williams for advocating religious tolerance. Williams founded Rhode Island upon religious freedom and the separation of church and state in 1636, and in 1644, wrote against “...enforced uniformity of religion.” Between 1650 and 1700, the Massachusetts Bay Colony expelled or executed numerous Quakers, Catholics, “witches,” and others for religious violations.

Systems Thinking for Free Thinking about the 'Free Market' - by Bob Powell: Freethought Views February 2011

 

Systems Thinking for Free Thinking about the 'Free Market'

by Bob Powell, Ph.D.

Systems thinking is required to understand behavior in dynamically complex systems, systems with multiple feedbacks and long delays. Our economy is dynamically complex, with a vast number of feedbacks and delays of years and even decades. There's a saying: "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” It's quite literally true. That's because complex systems have emergent properties: properties of the whole that are not properties of the parts.

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