Tri-state free thinkers dating

tri-state free thinkers dating

There was a time in human history when people truly thought the Earth was flat . The great thinkers of that era no doubt looked across the glorious plane before them and smiled to themselves. They had it all figured out. Figures like Emperor Constantine (272 – 337), the first Roman emperor to claim conversion to Christianity, claimed a round Earth was the belief of heretics, pointing to scripture as the final answer on the matter.

We live at a fortuitous point in time in many ways. The Internet, space exploration, ever-expanding knowledge on genes, an (admittedly slow) advancement toward more sustainable methods of travel and power and so on – it’s all happening right now. I say this knowing that many generations before us going back centuries marveled at their own point in time thinking they were the most fortunate or sophisticated. In the future, I’m sure more advanced people will look back on us and feel shocked that anyone lived like we do. Hopefully we at least got the shape of the Earth right.

It may surprise you to learn that, despite people as far back as Eratosthenes the Greek (276 BCE – 194 BCE) determining the spherical shape of the Earth without leaving Egypt, there are some who still firmly believe in a flat Earth. While many self-proclaimed Flat Earthers may not be serious about this claim, it’s difficult to tell (see Poe’s Law ). Adherents are either the world’s most dedicated trolls or they’ve truly been sucked into the great conspiratorial unknown. (Fun fact: Even famous rapper B.o.B believes the Earth is flat, releasing a song called “ Flatline ” all about it.)

For proof that I’m not making this up, see the website of the Flat Earth Society , where I’ve had an active forum account for over six years. I can’t help it – I absolutely love conspiracy theories. Not because I believe in them, but because the fact that other people do fascinates me. And let me tell you from firsthand experience: Flat Earthers are fact-dodging, deflective, utter deniers of reality. They deny the moon landings out of necessity, claim that NASA is pulling a fast one on basically the entire planet (for… some reason) and, while they don’t outright claim a connection to Christianity, many seem to adhere to a kind of fundamentalist Christian dogma. Add in some Jew hating and you have one fun group.

It is not my goal or purpose here to debunk the concept of a flat Earth. Many other scientists and science enthusiasts have worked on this task already. As with anyone hellbent on believing in their conspiracy theory of choice, whether it be the supposed evils of vaccines or the flatness of the Earth, you can’t easily convince these people to abandon their beliefs with facts and reason, so I won’t even try. My only goal is to have a little fun discussing Flat Earthers and some of the crazy stuff that comes out of their (flat?) world. If you want a very entertaining overview on the issue, see this wonderful video by YouTube user Vsauce.

So what are some things Flat Earthers actually believe? Basically, the Earth is a flat plane with the “north pole” as the central point and an ice wall (which we commonly call Antarctica) surrounding the entire edge, although I’ve seen some claims of an infinitely expanding flat planet. Gravity doesn’t exist and objects just fall (no hint as to why). A quick look at the Society’s FAQ page, archived here as of 9/26/2016, shows us some other gems. While I won’t go through every single point, some examples and my commentary follow.

“While almost every religion shares a common worldview of a dome shaped earth, we have no official connection with any established religions. However, it would be impossible to deny the strong historical ties with Christianity by past Presidents of the Society.”

Given the variety and pervasiveness of the violations reported, Tri-State Freethinkers demanded that the District address the specific violations reported, and requested the District train all employees about their obligation to remain neutral toward religion under the Establishment Clause.


It is clear why Answers in Genesis President, Ken Ham, chose Grant County for the location of the controversial Ark Encounter Park. Ham has clearly benefited from the blind eye turned by local officials, much to the detriment of future generations.

FREE EVENT! Hear from several national speakers on the importance of science & reason over religion & dogma, and what we can do about it. If you care about teaching evolution not intelligent design in public schools, reproductive freedom not restriction, equal rights not discrimination, you need to be here and show your support!

Callie Wright 
Gaytheist Manifest 

David Smalley 
Dogma Debate - Live Broadcast!!! 

Kevin Davis 
Executive Director, Young Skeptics 

Larry Decker  
Executive Director, Secular Coalition for America

Chrissy Helton  
Co-Founder & Treasurer, Tri-State Freethinkers 

Anna Butcher 
President, UC Secular Student Alliance 

Tracey Moody 

Ed Hensley  
Kentucky Secular Society & Louisville Atheists

The Freedom From Religion Foundation acquired a permit to place its Bill of Rights "nativity" display on the lawn of the Franklin County Courthouse. The FFRF asked the Tri-State Freethinkers to be on site to put up the display in Franklin County.  We were there on Sunday November 29.  Learn more about this event.

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women resolution has been passed, now comes the hard work of getting the Cincinnati City Council to pass the ordinance. We will be reaching out to local organizations to form a coalition that will oversee and execute needed reforms to protect women from discrimination. The City of Cincinnati will fund a study that will identify problem areas.



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Given the variety and pervasiveness of the violations reported, Tri-State Freethinkers demanded that the District address the specific violations reported, and requested the District train all employees about their obligation to remain neutral toward religion under the Establishment Clause.


It is clear why Answers in Genesis President, Ken Ham, chose Grant County for the location of the controversial Ark Encounter Park. Ham has clearly benefited from the blind eye turned by local officials, much to the detriment of future generations.

FREE EVENT! Hear from several national speakers on the importance of science & reason over religion & dogma, and what we can do about it. If you care about teaching evolution not intelligent design in public schools, reproductive freedom not restriction, equal rights not discrimination, you need to be here and show your support!

Callie Wright 
Gaytheist Manifest 

David Smalley 
Dogma Debate - Live Broadcast!!! 

Kevin Davis 
Executive Director, Young Skeptics 

Larry Decker  
Executive Director, Secular Coalition for America

Chrissy Helton  
Co-Founder & Treasurer, Tri-State Freethinkers 

Anna Butcher 
President, UC Secular Student Alliance 

Tracey Moody 

Ed Hensley  
Kentucky Secular Society & Louisville Atheists

The Freedom From Religion Foundation acquired a permit to place its Bill of Rights "nativity" display on the lawn of the Franklin County Courthouse. The FFRF asked the Tri-State Freethinkers to be on site to put up the display in Franklin County.  We were there on Sunday November 29.  Learn more about this event.

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women resolution has been passed, now comes the hard work of getting the Cincinnati City Council to pass the ordinance. We will be reaching out to local organizations to form a coalition that will oversee and execute needed reforms to protect women from discrimination. The City of Cincinnati will fund a study that will identify problem areas.