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: Apr 13, 2015

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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Mark Michicich. Last reply by kenyatta yamel Dec 27, 2014. 18 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


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

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 mojo5501 on September 2, 2011 at 2:33pm
An interesting starting point may be a chapter out of "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins:  "The Roots of Morality: Why are We Good?" . Dawkins would argue that morality predates religion.  If you haven't read his discussion about this subject, I highly recommend it.
Comment by A3Kr0n on August 15, 2011 at 10:57pm

Kurt, I just got my copy of Freethought today from FFRF, and you were in it!

That would be so awesome to stand up to the village, church, and all the other deluded people there, and demand that the polling center be changed the way you did.


Comment by Mark Michicich on August 15, 2011 at 6:08pm


I applaud you for taking a stand! I also just saw your case written up in the most recent ffrf newspaper. Well done!

On a lighter note, I do have to say that is the silliest looking picture of Jesus I have ever seen displayed in a church or Christian school. I’ve seen funnier, but only on the web!


Comment by mojo5501 on July 5, 2011 at 8:23pm

We were a few miles away at the parade in Freistadt near Mequon... German roots.  They had excellent home-made bread and Sprecher Root Beer.  And lots of Lutherans (like my parents)!  I think the parade is sponsored by the Trinity Lutheran Church so THAT was probably why it had the feel of a church picnic!

Your daughter's bomb pop bike sounds great... there's a guy in the Janesville area that collects antique bikes and he had a great lecture & slide show a few years back at the Rock Trail Coalition meeting.  Those bikes with chrome always catch my eye....modeled after motorcycles and all decked out.

Comment by mojo5501 on July 4, 2011 at 8:33pm
I haven't been to a 4th of July parade in a long time... I had forgotten how many religious references take place at these sorts of ceremonies...silly me.  Can I just be a patriot with a small 'p' instead of a "PATRIOT"?   I'm grateful to live in America but it sure seems like God and Country go hand in hand. My daughter made the comment: I bet we're the only athiests here!
Comment by Mark Michicich on July 3, 2011 at 2:38pm

Welcome Matt! Please post a link to your blog.  Would love to check it out.


Comment by A3Kr0n on June 19, 2011 at 10:42pm

I must have turned something off. I'm not getting new member notifications from SWiFT.

Welcome Jerry!

Comment by Mark Michicich on June 14, 2011 at 7:15pm
Kurt, thanks for the head's up. I'll check it out.
Akron, I LOVED "Intelligent Design on Trial."
Comment by A3Kr0n on June 14, 2011 at 4:03pm
Mojo. Bummer. "not available for streaming". Hey, did you ever see the Nova program "Intelligent Design on Trial"? That's what got me more involved in atheism.
Comment by mojo5501 on June 14, 2011 at 3:52pm
Wednesday night on NOVA there's a repeat broadcast of "Musical Minds".  I highly recommend it.  It has some of the work of Oliver Sacks featured, if I remember correctly.  It's fascinating how human brains that may be considered 'defective' on some measures are 'genius' when it comes to musical talent and musical 'intelligence'.

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