Earlier this year the “In Good Faith” column of the Independent newspaper included a rather paradoxical observation by Focus on the Family president Jim Daly, as he answered the question: “Does morality require a religious foundation?” Daly referred to lay theologian and novelist C.S. Lewis who, he said, held the notion that “a sense of right and wrong is innate to human nature.” Daly went on to say this very notion is evidence for God’s existence and said “without Him [God] there would be no such thing as goodness.”
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.
Social Movements Matter: From Selma to Ferguson, From Earth Day to Climate Change
April 23, 7:00 pm
Tribal Tales of Paternal Gods and Predator Peoples: a parody on power, privilege and property, a play by Bill DurlandSubmitted by ftcsadmin2 on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 08:48.
Be shocked and enjoy the humor. What role do religious legends play in the wars, violence and injustice in today's world? Join us for another of Bill Durland's satirical bombshells as the Colorado Springs Reader's Theater Players tell the story.
David H. Lord Theater
Cottonwood Center for the Performing Arts
427 West Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado
The 74th Annual Conference of the American Humanist Association will be held in Denver Colorado on May 7-10, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel at 1750 Welton Street.
For schedule information, please visit http://conference.americanhumanist.org/schedule2015/.
Come and enjoy good food and great conversation with other Freethinkers! Bring a dish to share, bring your spouse and/or friend, and bring a bottle of beer or wine or whatever you’d like to drink; coffee and tea are provided by the host(s). Socials usually begin at 6:00 pm and break up around 9:00 pm. Remember to mark your calendar; socials are on the second Saturday of the month. 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 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.
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.”
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?