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
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
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
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.
Does the death penalty make sense in Colorado? Is it more expensive to keep someone on death row on life without the possibility of parole? Are there alternatives to the Death Penalty? Who is on the death penalty in Colorado? Where do they come from? Please click on "Read more" for all the details ...
Stand-up comedian, television personality, political commentator, author, and actor Bill Maher will appear for one night only in Colorado Springs, Saturday, July 28th, at 8:00 pm, at the Pikes Peak Center. Mr Maher is known for his political satire and sociopolitical commentary. He supports the legalization of marijuana and same-sex marriage, and he serves on the board of PETA. Please click on "Read more" below for complete details ...
The Freethinkers of Colorado Springs
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
at Big House Sports, 2660 Vickers Drive in Colorado Springs
As we enter this highly-charged political season, we will most likely see more and more calls for "religious liberty." RoMa Johnson from Citizens Project will speak with us on the use and misuse of religious liberty. Please join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion; everyone's invited and admission is free!
KRCC — Radio Colorado College — are beginning a Fund Drive on June 9th, and two Sundays, June 10th and June 17th, have been designated “Freethinkers’ Days.”
The Freethinkers of Colorado Springs will be manning the phones at KRCC, taking pledges for the Fund Drive (not talking on the air) and we’re asking for your help to fill as many shifts on those days as we can. This will be great publicity for the Freethinkers — our group will get lots of mentions on the air — so we want to fill as many shifts as we can with Freethinkers.
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