There are no prerequisites for joining this group... anyone is welcome to be a part!
We have numerous outings, both fun and educational (see our "past meetups"), and a very active mailing list forum & group message board, where one can discuss all those things that aren't commonly discussed in everyday company (for starters- religion, politics, philosophy, and the latest in science... but our spectrum of discussion is extremely broad). This is a place where one can feel comfortable to speak their mind freely, both in person and on the forums.
Over the course of the last 7 1/2 years, this group has enjoyed a real sense of camaraderie, and true friendships have been forged here.
What is a "Freethinker"?
FREETHINKER n. One who has rejected authority and dogma, especially in his religious thinking, in favor of rational inquiry and speculation.
An expanded description:
Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that holds that opinions should be formed on the basis of science, logic, and reason, and should not be influenced by authority, tradition, or any dogma.
Freethinkers strive to build their opinions on the basis of facts, scientific inquiry, and logical principles, independent of any logical fallacies or the intellectually-limiting effects of authority, confirmation bias, cognitive bias, conventional wisdom, popular culture, prejudice, sectarianism, tradition, urban legend, and all other dogmatic or otherwise fallacious principles.
In terms of religion, freethinkers have generally held that there is insufficient evidence to support the existence of supernatural phenomena.
However, this view is not a requirement for one to be considered a freethinker, and some freethinkers do posit that the supernatural or paranormal may exist.
The vast majority of freethinkers favor the philosophies of Naturalism and Humanism.
The Cleveland Freethinkers have blog on WordPress... take a peek, and feel free to add your comments! And be sure to let us know if you'd like to author for the blog:
THE CLEVELAND FREETHINKERS
We also have a Facebook page, and a Twitter account: @CleFreethinkers