In the Media


Most of the following articles were written by members of the La Crosse Area Freethought Society for the “Freethinker’s Perspective” column in the La Crosse Tribune.


We all benefit from quieting our mind

By Matt Runde, November 23, 2014 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. We all benefit from quieting our mind The odds that intercessory prayer will actually affect the external world are no better than chance. Why then do the faithful … Continue reading

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Secularism promotes a virtuous life

By Michael Dishnow, October 26, 2014 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Secularism promotes a virtuous life Virtue has its roots in the contemplation of what is good and in accord with the laws of nature. As plants respond to … Continue reading

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Ancient Jewish Scriptures were Messianic Blueprints

By Ed Neumann, September 28, 2014 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Ancient Jewish Scriptures were Messianic Blueprints Of the many scrolls recovered from Nag Hammadi, Egypt, two shed light on the creative writing strategies of the early Christians. The … Continue reading

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Don’t Erode Country’s Religious Freedom

By David Blackey, August 31, 2014 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Don’t Erode Country’s Religious Freedom Who isn’t for separation of mosque and state? A trick question, because this column discusses how America can best avoid religious strife. It … Continue reading

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Skeptical hero challenges credulity

By Jeremy Fejfar, August 3, 2014 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Skeptical hero challenges credulity Belief in Tantric power is common in India. Common to Hinduism and Buddhism, Tantra is an ancient, esoteric Indian spiritual practice. It is believed … Continue reading

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Respect the Placebo Effect

By Matt Runde, July 6, 2014 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Respect the Placebo Effect The patient was anxious. Four holes would be drilled through his skull, possibly into his brain. Though a willing participant, he did not know … Continue reading

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Silence Can Speak Louder Than Words

By Ed Neumann, June 8, 2014 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Silence Can Speak Louder Than Words According to the Gospels, Jesus was famous. His renowned ministry and high-profile healings drew huge crowds from Syria to the southern Decapolis. … Continue reading

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Morality Is Better Off Without Religion

By Raysa Everett, April 12, 2014 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Morality Is Better Off Without Religion Religion and morality do not depend on one another, and our society has ethical values that do not depend on religion. For … Continue reading

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Death — Our Final Destination

By Maria Runde, March 16, 2014 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. No one likes to discuss death, much less their own. The concept makes most of us extremely uncomfortable, and the discussion (in America at least) is taboo to … Continue reading

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Truth of Evolution Is Not Up for Debate

By Jeremy Fejfar, January 19, 2014 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. This month, Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum, debated Bill Nye, best known by his TV persona, “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” The topic was whether “creation” … Continue reading

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Do Unto Others

By Hank Zumach, January 19, 2014 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. It will not surprise the regular readers of these columns that I have serious theological disagreements with the major religions. It may surprise, even shock, readers that I … Continue reading

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Has This Debate Run Its Course?

By Mike Dishnow, November 24, 2013 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. A learned and respected community member opined to me that the continuing debate between the atheists and theists in the tribune is perplexing. The members of his mainstream … Continue reading

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Was There Really a Christmas Star?

By Ed Neumann, December 22, 2013 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Although the Star of Bethlehem looks good on a Christmas card, what was this portentous luminary and how did it direct wise men to the little Judean hamlet? … Continue reading

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The Lives of Saviors Conform to a Hero Narrative

By Ed Neumann, October 27, 2013 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. People have always held deep convictions about “bigger-than-life-heroes,” saviors who would appear at their darkest hour and, wielding supernatural powers, right what is wrong. These beliefs are ubiquitous … Continue reading

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Morality debate questions human behavior without God

by Samantha Luhmann Published in the La Crosse Tribune A Minnesota atheist and a local pastor will go head to head Sunday and debate whether a person can be good without God. The La Crosse Secular Student Society and the … Continue reading

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Religion is Unnecessary for Morality

By Jeremy Fejfar, September 29, 2013 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. At 7 PM on October 20th, in the Cartwright Center at UWL there will be a debate between an atheist and a pastor titled, “Morality: Can we be … Continue reading

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Ongoing Pursuit of Truth Demands Critical Thinking

By Matt Runde, September 1, 2013 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. A freethinker values the pursuit of truth above all else. He feels obligated to critically evaluate any information that is presented, regardless of its source. The relentless quest … Continue reading

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No, We’re Not a Christian Nation

By Charles C. Haynes of the First Amendment Center, published in the La Crosse Tribune. “Culture warriors, pseudo-historians and opportunistic politicians have spent the past several decades peddling the myth that America was founded as a ‘Christian nation.’ The propaganda … Continue reading

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Tax Subsidies for Bigotry

By Hank Zumach, August 4, 2013 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Freethinkers have a wide range of views, from liberal to conservative, on how government programs should affect the economy. However, we have near universal agreement that government programs … Continue reading

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Less Bible, More Tolerance

By Raysa Everett, July 7, 2013 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. I was raised in Brazil in a Christian family and taught to trust the Bible, “the word of God,” most of my life. I went to church, participated … Continue reading

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Character Is What Really Counts

By Mike Dishnow, June 09, 2013 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. It’s easy to name famous and accomplished atheists — Mark Twain, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Jodie Foster, Marlene Dietrich and Richard Branson. It is also easy to name … Continue reading

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Gospel Lifts

By Ed Neumann, May 12, 2013 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Are the gospels purely historical accounts, or were elements borrowed from pre-Christian myths and rituals? Those who’ve studied both ancient mythology and the bible often come away with … Continue reading

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The Rise of the “Nones”

By Jeremy Fejfar, April 14, 2013 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. The religiously unaffiliated, or the “Nones” as they have come to be called, is the fastest growing religious identification in the United States. These are people who answer … Continue reading

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The Dubious Power of Prayer

By Maria Runde, March 17, 2013 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. There are many kinds of prayers and many circumstances bringing them about. Selfishly, we may pray that our team wins, that we pass an exam, or that we … Continue reading

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What Is Meaning of “Christian”?

By Hank Zumach, February 17, 2013 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. We all have repeatedly heard and read the word “Christian.” It is used in common phrases such as “Christian nation,” “Christian values” and “Christian beliefs” to indicate some … Continue reading

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