Southeast Wisconsin FreeThinkers

SWiFT is a democratic organization uniting freethinkers across Southeast Wisconsin to encourage rationalism, freethought and Humanistic values.

Location: Southeast Wisconsin
Members: 36
Latest Activity: Nov 1

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Started by Kristen Himsl Hunter. Last reply by Kurt Bocksenbaum Jun 5, 2012. 3 Replies

Hello, At the last SWIFT monthly meetup we discussed putting together an Adopt-a-Highway program. We are going to organize a pick-up 3 times a year (between April and November) and I know a lot of…Continue

SWiFT members, do you think Jesus was a historical person?

Started by Mark Michicich. Last reply by Mark Michicich Mar 20, 2012. 17 Replies

I'm not sure this question is of broad interest to SWiFT members, but as an ex-Catholic, I can't help wondering and would love to know what others think.I raise the question of Jesus' historical…Continue

Why are tax breaks given to the religious? Seriously, I'm really asking...

Started by Mark Michicich. Last reply by Mark Michicich Dec 8, 2011. 4 Replies

I have a basic understanding of the separation of church and state, and I am a huge advocate.  It's why I joined ffrf.  I think people should be free to be religious or not.  I get why church/state…Continue

Reconciling Science and Religion

Started by mojo5501. Last reply by mojo5501 Oct 26, 2011. 25 Replies

I wanted to discuss the anti-rational aspects of Christianity.  Why haven't fundamentalists and creationists gone away in modern society?  I am always amazed and discouraged by the amount of people…Continue

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Comment by Kurt Bocksenbaum on June 21, 2013 at 9:22pm

SWiFT Summer Solstice Party Tomorrow.  Hope to see you all there.

Comment by Angela M. on April 21, 2013 at 5:03pm

Gotta love this (from the article about the 60-ft cross:

"We just thought that was too ostentatious or gaudy for our size of property," Jackson said.

"Twenty acres will support a 60-foot cross. I'm not sure it would look right to have a 100-foot cross."

Ummm, and 60 feet ISN'T "ostentatious" or "gaudy???"

Personally, I don't understand the point.  Christians who drive by may be all "woot woot!" about it, but non-Christians who drive by are just gonna be "whatevs."  So what exactly are they trying to accomplish?!

Comment by Kurt Bocksenbaum on April 15, 2013 at 12:24pm

How utterly awful. In addition to the the fact that a Christian cross is offensive enough as it is, they're going to illuminate it. As an amateur astronomer I am constantly telling businesses and homeowners to replace lights that shine up and out with ones that shine down so our  pseudo-dark skies can stay somewhat dark. I've never been to Janesville before. Now I can say with a degree of certitude I never will.

Comment by A3Kr0n on April 12, 2013 at 6:23pm

Just crazy stuff:

Janesville church to build 60-foot cross

Comment by cyref on January 16, 2013 at 2:56pm

Lawrence O'Donnell had a segment regarding the inauguration last week that was spot-on. I know it won't change anything but nevertheless I do hope President Obama saw it.

Remove bible from inauguration

Comment by Angela M. on January 15, 2013 at 10:33pm

Criminy.  No, it's not just you, Troy.  I think it's depressing, too.  :-(

Comment by Troy Gorsline on January 15, 2013 at 11:57am

Is it me or is this really depressing...


Tuesday, January 22 — National Prayer Service

One day after the swearing-in ceremony, President Obama and Vice President Biden along with dignitaries and  representatives from many faiths will attend the interfaith Inaugural National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral. The service will feature prayers, readings, and musical performances. The event is by invitation only, but it will be streamed live at the National Cathedral’s website. The tradition of the National Prayer Service began in 1933 with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) explained that “The beginning of President Obama’s second term will be marked by the acknowledgement and celebration of the role of people of faith in American life. President Obama’s own faith has played an integral role in his life, his commitment to service and his presidency, and this important tradition will celebrate the values and diversity that make us strong.”

The Cathedral also has a special exhibit, “Presidents at the Cathedral,” chronicling the past visits of U.S. presidents over the Cathedral’s 105-year history. The exhibit which opened this month is available for Cathedral visitors in the nave and on the Cathedral’s website.

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Comment by Kurt Bocksenbaum on November 29, 2012 at 4:01pm

Hey everyone.  It's almost time for the 2012 SWiFT Winter Solstice Party.  I've updated the information on the "SWiFT Winter Solstice Party page to the right.  Hope to see everyone there.

Comment by Kurt Bocksenbaum on October 17, 2012 at 10:56am

Looking for something to do this Sunday?  SWiFT will be hosting a representative form Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin this Sunday 10/21/12 at 11:00AM in the Chase Bank community room on the SE corner of Packard and Layton.  More information is available on the SWiFT website or the Atheist Community of Milwaukee Meetup page. Hope to see everyone there!

Comment by Kurt Bocksenbaum on September 22, 2012 at 11:02am

It's that time again.  Time to do another Adopt-A-Hwy Clean Up.  Please join the Atheist Community of Milwaukee on Sunday Oct. 23rd at 10:00AM.  Please check the Atheist Community of Milwaukee and the SWiFT websites for more information


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