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SWiFT

Southeast Wisconsin FreeThinkers

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

Website: http://www.swiftnow.org
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
Members: 35
Latest Activity: on Monday

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Discussion Forum

Adopt-a-Highway

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 Chris Connors on June 9, 2011 at 1:58pm

Mojo: No way! Ya Highland House is about 2 miles from me, friends and I go there to drink occassionally :) Pretty good food too.

 

Kurt: Thanks :) That'd be awesome to do some get-togethers, although unfortunately I might be moving to Madison in July, Mequon will still be a place I come back to with some frequency I think. And yes, I know plenty of LGBT friends who are sick of getting so pounded by religion. Just a non-stop pound fest, really. Ok I'm done ;p

 

AKron: Ya I think you're thinking of a different thing, Pridefest is a Milwaukee event going on at the Summerfest grounds this weekend. Always a good time :)

Comment by A3Kr0n on June 8, 2011 at 9:50pm
Maybe I'm thinking of a different fest than pridefest. I wanted to go to a "camp out" in Madison and wave a sign for planned parenthood.
Comment by A3Kr0n on June 8, 2011 at 9:46pm
Chris, That's this weekend? The camp thing? Rats! Why plan it when so many graduations are going on? I don't know if I will make it.
Comment by Kurt Bocksenbaum on June 8, 2011 at 8:45pm

Welcome Chris.  Thanks for joining.  I actually live near the Mequon border in Brown Deer.  We will be having a number of get-togethers this summer near or possibly in Mequon. 

 

As to the demographics, I think you would be surprised to know how many non-religious there really are in Mequon.  Both Christianity and Judaism are heavily represented - but so are atheists.  We'll have to connect in person. 

 

As to Pridefest, I pretty much gave up on the festivals many years ago - just too busy with work, family, stuff.  Reaching out to the LGBT community is definitely something we will do more of.  I know may LGBTs are very disenfrancised by the pounding they get from traditional religions. 

Comment by mojo5501 on June 8, 2011 at 7:28pm
Akron: YES, so many church steeples in J-ville... at least we have a great public library here!!  I once attended a peace lecture about Martin Luther King at the Universalist Church downtown...thinking it was a lecture.  It was a church service....a very relaxed church service but I felt awkward when the hymn books were passed around.  The people were very friendly...but in that way that seems like they are trying to recruit new members...so I chalked it up as an educational experience and never went back.  I still get their web updates.  But I'm just not the 'war protest' type and can't see myself protesting the wars in any active way.   I was raised in a military family and moved 3 times growing up.  I have a pretty close family but still haven't really admitted to my parents how much of an atheist I really am....and I'm 48.  Sad, huh?  They are Lutheran.  Conservative Evangelical Lutheran...ugg.
Comment by mojo5501 on June 8, 2011 at 7:18pm

Chris:  I'm familiar with Mequon....I waited tables at the Highland House in the '80's.  (I went to high school in Cedarburg and attended college @UW-Milwaukee....sociology and anthropology helped me lose my religious upbringing...once the social sciences get into your brain cells, it's difficult to see the need for religion! ha)  

 

Is the Highland House even there in Mequon anymore?   I'm sticking close to home this weekend.  The Farmer's Market just opened last week in Beloit so I'm going to go check it out, weather permitting.  It's usually got more to offer than the ones here in J-ville: But J-ville has a farmer's mkt on SUNDAY so I like to stop over at that one once in awhile for variety).

Comment by Chris Connors on June 8, 2011 at 5:48pm

Glad to see a group that focuses on SE Wisconsin particularly, feels like an atheist ghost town in the Mequon area (lot of rich, white Catholics :/).

Anyone else heading to Pridefest this weekend to support our LGBT brethren?

Comment by A3Kr0n on June 8, 2011 at 5:09pm
@mojo5501 I don't really know anybody in Janesville that don't believe in God, so I came here. Then I searched for people in Janesville, and here we are! Welcome aboard.
Comment by mojo5501 on June 8, 2011 at 4:25pm

SWiFT is a clever acronym.   It'll make a great t-shirt/conversation-starter!  (I work at UPS in the office so I'm used to a lot of acronyms.)  I don't know very many people that are religiously unaffiliated.  It's not an easy conversation to start but I've been known to be honest when asked directly.  Not supposed to talk about this sort of thing at work, but it comes up occasionally.  I especially like to respond when a co-worker states that something is 'god's will'....that usually gets me to offer my 2 cents worth.  Saying nothing would be the same as agreement, right??

 

Comment by Kurt Bocksenbaum on June 8, 2011 at 4:05pm
Welcome mojo5501.  Thank you for joining.  Being that we are less than 20 hours old, three members is not a bad start.  All of SWiFT should be joining over the next few weeks.  the idea is to reach out to all of the atheists in the area.  You're about to make many new friends.
 
 
 

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