Panera Bread: 3110 New Center Point
This is a social event without a preset discussion topic…just like-minded, non-religious people getting together to both strengthen friendships and make new friends. Many of us probably miss the sense of community that came from weekly gatherings at religious services and this is a great way to create community in a non-religious environment.
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.
Why Rationality Matters by Adrian Niemetz
In ancient times, virtually all humans assumed that the sun revolved around the earth, because, after all, that is
what appeared to happen when viewed. This of course, is not believed by people today because factual information showed it to be false. Yet, many millions still believe in supernatural forces deciding their fate and build large and impressive buildings to these supernatural beings which have not been proven to exist. They focus on death instead of living their lives which is the only one anyone gets.
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.
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.
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Potential topic arenas: agnosticism, atheism, Bill of Rights, civil rights, economics, equality, freethought, government prayer, history, human rights, law, logic, mathematics, medicine, peace, pastafarianism etc., pledge of allegiance, public education, reason, religion, reproductive rights, science, taxpayer funded religion, US Constitution, violence, war, zoroastrianism etc. and especially, the separation of church and state
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Please participate in the 2014...
Colorado Springs Secular Community Picnic
12:00 to 4:00 PM
...as we celebrate and interact with other secular community members.
May 5, 2014
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Meeting Room in Rockrimmon Library
832 Village Center Drive
Corner of Rockrimmon and Vindicator in the Safeway Shopping Center
This is a research data presentation, from 22 different sources, that is primarily concerned to show indicators of the rise in nonreligion, atheism, and secularity in the United States (and with minor and brief references to global rates). Throughout the presentation, I provide statistical and other research data that describes atheists, agnostics, and nones using studies from 1990 to 2014, and I refer to causality and theories on what lies behind this rise in recent decades. However, for the most part, the main thrust here is that a solid statistical and data driven case can be made for a rise in various indicators of secularity, that this rise did happen and is currently happening.