Frequently Asked Questions

What is a freethinker?

A person who forms opinions about religion on the basis of reason, independently of tradition, authority, or established belief. Freethinkers include atheists, agnostics and rationalists. No one can be a freethinker who demands conformity to a bible, creed, or messiah. To the freethinker, revelation and faith are invalid, and orthodoxy is no guarantee of truth. (Dan Barker, FFRF)

What is Secular humanism to the CFFC?

Humanism is the reason we gather in hope and labor for the betterment, equality, and support of each other as a collective whole, after individually anchoring ourselves in the fact that we actively do good because it is the right thing to do and not because any religious-induced incentive or fear. (Please visit the HUMANISM page for more specific details.)

Are you atheists?

Most of the people involved with the CFFC would identify as atheist, but not all.

So what is an atheist?

A person who does not believe in the existence of God or gods.

What is an agnostic? (Isn’t agnostic the same as atheist?)

An agnostic is a person who has no knowledge of god, so it is different than an atheist.

Do I have to RSVP for events to attend?

Everyone should RSVP for events when attending. You do not have to RSVP on more than one event notification. For example if you see the event listed on Meetup and on Facebook, you only need to RSVP for one. Letting us know that you are attending can ensure that there is enough seating for everyone.

Are kids welcome at the events?

Generally speaking children are welcome to come to the events. Parents are responsible for their behavior. If an event is not recommended for kids, there will be a note in the description with that information.

Why do you talk about Secular Humanism?

Secular Humanism is a positive statement of our values. Unlike atheism, which only refers to a lack of belief in a god, secular humanism is a lifestance that reflects a set of general guidelines for our approach to life. As Tom Flynn of the Council for Secular Humanism put it, Secular Humanism is “a comprehensive nonreligious life stance that incorporates a naturalistic philosophy, a cosmic outlook rooted in science, and a consequentialist ethical system. “