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.


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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Common Misconceptions about the Religious and Nonreligious

By Joshua Everett, January 20, 2013 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. As a former Christian minister, I have had the opportunity to get to know a number of religious and nonreligious people. One thing I have found is most … Continue reading

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Celebrating Holidays as an Atheist

By Raysa Everett, December 16, 2012 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. I have a confession to make: I’m an atheist and I love the Christmas season. Atheists who celebrate holidays such as Christmas are frequently maligned as hypocrites, but … Continue reading

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Apocalypse Now?

By Ed Neumann, November 25, 2012 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. More than 40 percent of Americans believe a biblical apocalypse — where Christ returns and wages a battle with the antichrist — will happen one day, and over … Continue reading

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Tribune Article: Atheist, UW-L professor to debate whether religion is positive force

Expect some fire and brimstone at this debate, but it won’t be a pre-election fracas. Preacher-turned-atheist Dan Barker appears ready to stoke the fire when he squares off against philosophy professor Eric Kraemer on the question “Is Religion a Positive … Continue reading

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The Greatest Story Never Told

By Jeremy Fejfar, October 28, 2012 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” If you ask the average Christian for something Jesus is … Continue reading

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Variety of Belief One of Religion’s Major Downfalls

By Maria Runde, September 30, 2012 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. One of the many difficulties with the world’s religions is that each believes itself to be correct — and all the others to be wrong. Each religion holds … Continue reading

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How Business Can Be Bad for Religions

By Hank Zumach, September 2, 2012 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. It is an unfortunate and disturbing fact of U.S. politics that misinformation, half truths, deception and even outright lies have become a routine tactic when trying to influence … Continue reading

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