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.


Science and religion are incompatible

By Ed Neumann on December 20, 2015 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Science and religion are incompatible “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.” These first words of Genesis suggest the heavens and Earth are the … Continue reading

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We must strike bias in search for truth

By Jeremy Fejfar on November 22, 2015 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. We must strike bias in search for truth Through my involvement in the skeptical community, I have learned just how susceptible we all are to bias, particularly … Continue reading

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Nobody benefits from discriminatory society

By Mike Dishnow on October 25, 2015 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Nobody benefits from discriminatory society Commerce and business interests affect all of us. When a religious belief extends into the public sphere it has the power to … Continue reading

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Heaven’s location seems up for debate

By Ed Neumann on September 27, 2015 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Heaven’s location seems up for debate Millennia ago, the majority of people not only believed in heaven, but they could point it out for you. Beyond the … Continue reading

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Are Ten Commandments good moral guideposts?

By Janeen White on August 30, 2015 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Are Ten Commandments good moral guideposts? It may look like another of David Letterman’s Top 10 lists, but the Ten Commandments are no laughing matter. They are … Continue reading

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Let’s not forget all we have in common

By David Blackey, August 02, 2015 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Let’s not forget all we have in common In these days of so-called culture and religious wars, we tend to think believers and nonbelievers disagree on countless things. … Continue reading

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Yes, what you believe actually matters

By Jeremy Fejfar, July 05, 2015 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Yes, what you believe actually matters “Why does it matter what people believe? It doesn’t affect you; just let people believe what they want. It’s not like you … Continue reading

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Confirming existence of God proves elusive

By Matt Runde, June 07, 2015 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Confirming existence of God proves elusive For centuries, believers have sought to provide logical proof that God exists. Due to the many contradictions in the holy books, it … Continue reading

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‘Sacred’ writings often legitimize vile acts

By Mary Leuther, May 10, 2015 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. ‘Sacred’ writings often legitimize vile acts Very few people follow the more odious dictates of the Bible or Quran. For example, Christians do not kill others for working … Continue reading

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Create the meaning in your own life

By Dan Barker, April 12, 2015 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Create the meaning in your own life As an atheist, I’m often told that life is meaningless without God. If everything ends in the eventual death of a … Continue reading

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Monotheism Often Sows Seeds of Intolerance

By Mike Dishnow, March 15, 2015 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Monotheism often sows seeds of intolerance My reason in writing is to examine the propensity toward violence and intolerance in each of the three world views — monotheism, … Continue reading

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Evolution backed up by solid science

By Ed Neumann, February 15, 2015 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Evolution backed up by solid science Charles Darwin was born 206 years ago this month, and each February we reflect on his theory of evolution by natural selection … Continue reading

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Secular Jews celebrate their past

By David Blackey, January 18, 2015 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Secular Jews celebrate their past I’m a secular American Jew whose four grandparents were all born in Eastern Europe. I had two years of Hebrew school, learned enough … Continue reading

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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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Holiday season offers plenty to celebrate

By Jeremy Fejfar, December 21, 2014 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. Holiday season offers plenty to celebrate I’ll admit it, I enjoy Christmastime. Like everyone, I enjoy taking time to be with my family, great food, giving gifts, seeing … 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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