Welcome to the LAKE SUPERIOR FREETHINKERS


PLEASE JOIN US!   We meet on the first Sunday of each month in downtown Duluth at the Radisson Hotel (Location Map)
            Socializing begins at 9:00 am.
            Optional breakfast buffet at 9:30 am.
            Presentation from 10:00 until about 11:30.

MONTHLY SPEAKER & TOPIC INFO IS TO THE RIGHT
            Co-Host: David Broman - (218) 349-7455
            Co-Host: Jim Lyttle - (218) 464-1652
             Videographer - Jan Resberg


ADMISSION TO LSF EVENTS IS ALWAYS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Our Billboard is Up!

Many thanks to all those who sent in their donations for our billboard. It's finally up and can be seen on the right side going up Central Entrance.
We are looking forward to having a greater presence in the community and hope to welcome new members as people become more aware of who we are.

If you like the sign but have not pitched in yet you can still donate and help us to extend our display time or expand into other areas. Donate Now

14 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the billboard; for the first time ever a message to me. I look forward to attending the next meeting.

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  2. Nice work! Any chance of spreading the love a little closer to the Brainerd Lakes Area (I'd love to "join the club")?

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  3. forget ANYONE who does not believe in god he as real as we are if it wasnt for him you wouldn't be alive or would i cuz this world would never have been created and nothing would exist

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  4. I find the billboard offensive. I have no Religious affiliation. Nor have I ever been to Church nor read the Bible. I am a free-thinker who has concluded without external influence that God does exust.

    I believe my reasoning is very sound. So much so that it is so obvious to me that God exists that the thought that God might not exist is an absolute impossibility. How others can miss what I consider the 'obvious' is beyong me. It only takes a bi of 'reasoning and common sense' to come to the same conclusions Idid but mind you there needs to be a create deal of creativity in your thinking so that the same old quaestions are'nt asked over and over again.

    Is there a Religious God? No. This does not mean there can be no God. Atheists need to dig deeper and not just dismiss God because the Religous God is a false God.

    I'm not one to end on an ingratious note, so than you for allowing me to post my thoughts and good luck with your work. The important thing is that we all need to be good people and I think we can all agree on that.

    Cheers.

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  5. @Anonymous posted March 12, 2011 4:42 PM -

    Explain your position. Rather than bash what this group thinks, convince us. Show us the logic you have found to bring about your God. You sound like a religious zealot that is attempting to pose as a free thinker in a thinly veiled attempt to convert others to your "religion." The burden of proof lies on the one making the claims. Show us your proof through "reasoning and common sense."

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  6. Great to see our often sneered at, misunderstood, and suppressed group coming out of the closet! It's an uphill battle, but whatever is important normally is difficult.

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  7. The billboard is right up there with wellstone bumper stickers years after he died. Waste of space.

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  8. Re: Anonymous, posted March 12, 2011 10:15 PM -
    Your knee jerk defensiveness and name calling do nothing but perpetuate the public image of freethinkers as arrogant anti-religion militants. You do a disservice to freethinkers by acting in such a manner.
    The person you are maligning was simply stating their position, in a concise, dignified, and polite manner. Instead of barking at them to "Explain (their) pisition", how about simply stating or explaining yours, or offering to engage in a conversation rather than embarking on a hostile inquisition?
    I only hope that person realizes you do not represent me as an atheist.

    Moving on, the general point I would like to make is that there are at least three billboards currently up that endorse "seeking the comfort of god if you are troubled" or "finding the answers" by attending a particular church. I don't consider the LSF billboard to be any more or less offensive than any of those. I would simply challenge those offended by the LSF billboard, or those who consider it a "waste of space" to reflect on why it is so.

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  9. Great billboard! I'm new to Duluth and thankful there is an organization like this. I hope to attend some events.

    To all those who find the billboard "offensive": I am personally offended by all of the Anti-Abortion advertising around Duluth & Northern MN highways. As a woman, I don't need to be lectured about my body & deeply personal family choices.

    Thank you

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  10. I don't think it is legitimate to see the LSF billboard as a counter to the pro-life billboards.
    The LSF billboard is clearly an advertisement, in the form of a query, for an organization, like the billboard (at the corner of 53 and Haines Rd, I think) for the Vineyard Church that asks "Looking for answers?".
    The plentiful smattering of pro-life billboards, alternately, make veiled political/theological statements, like "embryos are babies", or "I had fingerprints at 18 weeks".
    A more equal comparison might be if the LSF billboard said something on the order of, "Prayer works as statisticaly well as chance".
    If the pro-life billboards said something like "Don't believe abortion should be a choice? Then visit Pro-Life America", I would, for some reason, find them less objectionable.
    Just my 3 cents (because two cents won't buy you jack these days).

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  11. To Elden, in regard to your suggestion that an alternative billboard message be offered, "Prayer works as statistically well as chance," I offer this comment: BORING.

    And actually, inaccurate. There was a large, long term study done in hospitals regarding the effectiveness of someone coming in and praying for patients, then comparing how these patients did to patients who did not have someone come in & pray for them. (The patients were aware of being prayed for.)

    The hospitals' goal was not to promote some social/political/religious agenda, but simply to find ways to improve recovery for their patients. Placebos, for example, often make patients better.

    The patients being prayed for did...WORSE.

    Doubtless this was not because God is a cantankerous, old S.O.B. who retaliates for being distracted from His afternoon TV reruns (if a person really must attribute things to God), but because the "prayed for" patients became worried they must have been sicker than they realized, since a phone call to God was needed to wire money for a miracle cure. So much for proving the efficacy of prayer! Or the existence of God.

    Anyway, I couldn't help throwing in that bit of info. And, I do like that we're brave enough to have such discussions in this oppressively religious society!

    As for me, I think the billboard is brilliant, bold, & brave. Bravo!!

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  12. To Anonymous:April 15th,
    I wasn't proposing "...chance" as an alternative billboard message, but rather to illustrate the point I was making to an earlier post. I stated that if you wanted to equate the billboard to the pro-life billboards, that would be a more appropriate example. Please read ALL of the words.
    It is for precisely that reason that I think the LSF billboard was well executed. It was confrontational without being deliberately controversial (at least in sentiment if not motivation). And its purpose was clear and suscinct to anyone taking more than .5 milliseconds to absorb it before getting their panties in a twist.

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  13. It is refreshing to know that I am not as alone in thinking that we humans are indeed as alone as I think.

    Cheers to all! Even the idiots, for at least their children are more likely to understand. Continuous progress. =)

    Perhaps I'll attend one of these meetings, your billboard got my attention.

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  14. Got it. Thanks for the clarification.

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