A series of “Free Thinkers” Sunday morning programs has been established for atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and non theists as well as all others. These will take place at 11:00 AM on specific Sunday mornings at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Niagara (FUUN), 639 Main Street, in Niagara Falls. The first of these will occur Sunday June 25, showing a video of Richard Dawkins' lecture “Militant Atheism”, proceeded by a short video of the “Triumphant March form Aida, and followed by a discussion. The next “Free Thinkers” Sunday programs will take place on July 9 and July 23. They may be continued on a monthly basis depending on their popularity.
A Freethinker is one who forms opinions on the basis of reason independent of authority. He/She is not necessarily an atheist, agnostic, or anti-religion. A freethinker does not necessarily have wild or unstable beliefs, but they simply choose to question the validity of claims that come from an authority, such as a church, a government, or parents. Questioning does not necessarily lead to rejection. A person might question their parents' values, but in the end conclude that they are indeed based on reason. They may also accept some parts and reject others, or reject all of them. But their rejection or acceptance is based on their reasoning.
The FUUN Church welcomes people of any or no religious beliefs. Many Members are avowed atheists. Others have more traditional beliefs. Most have come to this Church from other religious backgrounds. A sign in front of the Church proclaims “Atheists, Buddhists, and Christians belong here.” Some of us believe in god all the the time, some believe in god some of the time, and some believe in god none of the time. We expect people to decide for themselves.
Historically Freethinkers have been persecuted mercilessly. While they make up a substantial portion of the population today, they are still discriminated against in many ways. In some locations they can not legally hold public office. They can almost never be elected. Often they are regarded as evil or agents of the devil.
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