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Religion is a means to an end

By Mike Dishnow, April 4, 2008 Religion is a tool, a means to an end. Mankind uses this tool in the same manner that it uses a hammer and nails; to build a supporting structure. Thoughts come first, then actions. … Continue reading

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Cross issue is confused

By Jeremy Fejfar, March 21, 2008 The problem many people seem to be having with taking down the “Star Hill Cross” is the perceived object that’s under dispute. Many people are getting very upset because they see this as an … Continue reading

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Scary: McCain and Huckabee get along well

By Mike Dishnow, February 8, 2008 Tuesday was Super Tuesday, the closest this nation has ever come to a national primary election; 22 states held contests. There is no clear front runner in the Democratic Party and Senator McCain has … Continue reading

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The Myth of a Christian Nation

By Jeremy Fejfar, October 29, 2007 Recently the Tribune has run a couple of opinion letters that claim that the laws of United States of America were based on the Ten Commandments of the Bible. Let’s examine this claim. “Worship … Continue reading

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Court decision was a travesty

By Jeremy Fejfar, July 4, 2007 The great James Madison once wrote that a government in a free society may not force a citizen to contribute even “three pence” in support of any establishment of religion. Yet we as taxpayers … Continue reading

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What happened to Republicans?

By Mike Dishnow, May 7, 2007 Whatever happened to the GOP that I often supported over the years? I am 63. I never dreamed the day would come when I would sport bumper stickers on all my vehicles that state, … Continue reading

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Scrutinize religious beliefs

by Mike Dishnow, October 29, 2006 It is high time we begin to place religious beliefs under the same scrutiny we reserve for secular issues. The Bible is simply a book written by men and is as subject to error … Continue reading

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Pharmacists should not refuse

By Mike Dishnow, April 11, 2005 The national news documents the alarming trend of those in power to pry into the private lives of individuals and families. From the halls of Congress and the White House to the local pharmacy, … Continue reading

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Ill winds blow on church-state issues

By Mike Dishnow, April 28, 2004 With upward of 500,000, some estimates place the number above 750,000 people, many from beyond our borders, marching on Washington to protect the reproductive and individual rights of women, it is time for pause … Continue reading

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Search for Truth Leads to Rejection of Religion

By Joshua Everett, June 10, 2012 Published in the La Crosse Tribune. I am an ordained, fundamentalist evangelical Christian minister — and an atheist. It might seem counterintuitive to read such a sentence, but a surprising number of ministers are … Continue reading

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People’s Rights Trump Those of Institutions

By Raysa Everett, May 13, 2012 The United States is embroiled in an internal struggle over the rights of religious institutions vs. the rights of individuals. Of course I am referring primarily to the birth control debate in relation to … Continue reading

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Why Are Churches Tax-Exempt?

By Jeremy Fejfar, April 15, 2012 Let me start by telling you about project Snow White. According to Wikipedia, this was the single largest infiltration of the United States government in history. In the 1970s, up to 5,000 covert agents … Continue reading

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Extend Acceptance to Those of All Beliefs

By Kathy Ivey, May 15, 2011 Most of us like to think we are tolerant and free of bias against another’s skin color, religion, country of origin and sexual orientation. Indeed, political correctness is required in polite society, so that … Continue reading

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We’re More Similar than We Might Think

By Mike Dishnow, April 17, 2011 We are more alike than we might be willing to admit, the freethinker and the theist. The freethinker considers nature to be the controlling force, the laws of physics. The theist sees God or … Continue reading

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Those Who Don’t Believe in God Still Can Be Good

By Jeremy Fejfar, November 28, 2010 The case is sometimes made that belief in a god is healthy for a society, that it somehow keeps a population behaving well and not reverting back to behave in a manner more akin … Continue reading

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Does Children’s Religious Education Have Meaning for Freethinkers?

By Kathy Ivey, October 10, 2010 Religious instruction is an essential element of organized religion, the way the faith, creed and dogma are passed down from generation to generation. Thankfully, due to our founding mothers’ and fathers’ good sense regarding … Continue reading

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Fundamentalist Distortions Taint Religious Philosophies

By Larry Imhoff, August 16, 2010 In “Why the Fundamentalist Approach to Religion Must Be Wrong,” Scott Bidstrup states that “a fundamentalist religion is a religion, any religion, that when confronted with a conflict between love, compassion and caring, and … Continue reading

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Religion Can Prompt More Questions Than It Answers

By Maria Runde, May 2, 2010 We all have our stories. Mine starts like this: Born the eldest child of three to a middle-class Catholic family, classic overachiever, 16 years of education in private Catholic institutions, good-deed-doer-extraordinaire. How could anyone … Continue reading

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Study Debunks Myth of the Need for Religion

By Hank Zumach, March 28, 2010 For century after century, there has been an unchallenged belief that social problems would be greatly diminished if only more people fervently believed in a god. The basis for all moral behavior had to … Continue reading

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Group Advocates Church and State Separation with Billboard

A state group has sponsored a temporary downtown billboard emphasizing the importance of separation of church and state. The billboard at Third and Cass streets through February is part of the Wisconsin chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church … Continue reading

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Protecting Your Right to Religious Belief

By Hank Zumach “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This is the wording of the very first protection written into the Bill of Rights by the writers of the U.S. … Continue reading

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Some Embrace God but Turn from Religion

“I’m going to church tomorrow,” Natalie Schwinn remembers her husband saying as they fell asleep one night in fall 2007. She wasn’t expecting it. The roof top cross at the Roncalli Newman Center. Scott Weaver grew up a Christmas-Easter churchgoer, … Continue reading

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Reason Should Be Celebrated Instead of Day of Prayer

“The hands that help are better far than the lips that pray.”- Robert G. Ingersoll Come May 1, we have a choice: – We may, at our government’s request, fold our hands and pray for world peace, clean air, evenly … Continue reading

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Separation of Church and State

10/26/2011- A debate between Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, and Dr. Paul Helseth, Northwestern College Associate Professor of Christian Thought Separation of Church and State Part 1 (MP3) Separation of Church and State Part 2 (MP3)

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