Freethinkers of Northern Illinois Pages

Calling all freethinking families of Lake County!

This is a discussion, support, and activity group for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and individuals interested in exploring secular parenting and raising compassionate freethinkers. My wife and I started this meetup group to meet and collaborate with like-minded individuals and families in Lake County. We have three young children. Whether you have children or not, we welcome all who are interested in exploring the history, virtues, and future of freethought!

NOTE: “Freethought” is a philosophical viewpoint that holds opinions should be formed on the basis of logic, reason, and empiricism, without the undue influence of authority, tradition, or dogma. The cognitive application of freethought is known as "freethinking," and practitioners of freethought are known as "freethinkers."

Freethinkers are not necessarily irreligious, although many (if not most) are. Regardless of religious background, a unifying characteristic of freethinkers is that they accept personal accountability for their views and opinions.



The pansy is the long-established and enduring symbol of freethought. Its usage inaugurated in the literature of the American Secular Union in the late 1800s. The reasoning behind the symbol lies in both the flower's name and appearance. The pansy derives its name from the French word pensée, which means "thought." It was so named because the flower resembles a human face, and in mid-to-late summer it nods forward as if deep in thought.

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