"American Freethought," a four-part documentary presented by the Council for Secular Humanism and written, produced, and directed by Roderick Bradford, probes our nation's freethought, atheist, and humanist heritage from the American Revolution to the 1930s. Please click "Read more" for further details . . .
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 a single 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.
What if some foreign country attacked someone in your neighborhood, city, state, or nation with deadly rockets or bombs? What if they killed acquaintances, family members, or friends, and blew up your house, business, school, or other important local infrastructure? Whether you agreed with that country's motives or ideals or not, would you willingly support that country, help it achieve its goals, or do as its leaders asked? Would you see the foreign country as your friend - - or would you see that country’s citizens as an enemy?
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.”
This is a social event where non-religious people get together to both strengthen friendships and make new friends. Some people buy food, some just tea or coffee, and some buy nothing. No one leads the events. We just talk, listen, and visit.
NATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY
Learn more here: http://religiousfreedomday.com/
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?
"American Freethought," a four-part documentary presented by the Council for Secular Humanism and written, produced, and directed by Roderick Bradford, will be presented by the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs on four consecutive Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, beginning February 11th. Please click "Read more" for additional details ...
Fairness for Palestine?
By Bill Durland, J.D., Ph.D.
How may we determine whether Palestine should be a free, independent and sovereign nation? When critical thinking employs justice, logic and humane treatment, we may be able to answer that. So what is in the way? There are myths Americans believe that have clouded their thinking.
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.