November, 2015 Newsletter of the Lake Superior Freethinkers
Gail Matthews, editor – firstname.lastname@example.org
First Sunday - Radisson Hotel - 9:00 AM Social – 9:30 Breakfast - 10:00 Presentation
Facilitators: David Broman - 218-349-7455, Bill Guse - 834-4583, 343-4806
*** Fundraiser for LSF ***
(A note to our hundreds of email members who cannot attend our meetings)
The books will be $15.00 each. If you send a check payable to George Erickson, 4678 Cedar Island Drive, Eveleth MN, 55734 and add $1.00 per book, we will pay the extra postage.)
In the trial that followed, Charlie and Peter were found guilty and imprisoned. Others received light sentences. Mina was judged insane. When the hearings drew to a close, a bystander was heard to say, "Religion is like alcohol. Most people can handle it OK, but get too much and you go crazy."
Freethought quotes by notable Freethinkers
Fighting Religious Tyranny in the U.S. Military
Mikey Weinstein’s story is not unlike most stories of injustice except that his battle is with what he calls the single most lethal organization ever created, the United States Armed Forces. He discovered that widespread systemic religious persecution was being tolerated at the highest levels at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Says Weinstein, "the fundamentalist Christian Taliban is inside the U.S. military and it is creating an internal national security threat." He discovered that thousands of military personnel were suffering under the tyranny of religious intolerance and oppression, so he set out to rebuild the wall separating church and state. He created the Military Religious Freedom
Foundation, dedicated to ensuring that all members of the U.S. Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantee of religious freedom to which they are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
Weinstein gave examples of incidents reported to him of over 27,000 active duty servicemen. He learned about a fighter pilot who lost his wings because he refused to bow to Jesus during a prayer, nuclear missile launch officers being trained how to launch missiles interspersed with biblical scripture, thousands of military rifles with biblical scripture embedded in their metal casings, Marine scout sniper units bearing flags with Nazi SS emblem just below the American flag, and the list goes on.
He said it is difficult for a subordinate in the military to repel being even gently evangelized by their military superior because unlike the civilian workplace, "they can’t say no to a military superior officer." Said Weinstein, "So they come to my foundation and we do it for them." He says that most of the young people who come to MRFF have devoted their lives to protecting our freedoms. They are deployed all over the world and they are there to protect freedoms, but who will protect theirs? Excerpted from laprogressive.com, written by Sharon Kyle
Finally, our monthly LSF social has been moved to the 3rd Tuesday at 6PM. The November gathering is at the Zeitgeist restaurant. Please contact Bobbie at 218-389-6219 for more details. Hope to see you there.