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Free Thinking Frogs seeks to promote respectful discourse on campus

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Michael Romberger, Free Thinking Frogs' PR Chair. Photo by Caitlin Goheen.

Michael Romberger, Free Thinking Frogs' PR Chair. Photo by Caitlin Goheen.

After receiving official university recognition on March 27, Free Thinking Frogs' presence continues to grow on TCU's campus.

According to the organization's public relations chair, Michael Romberger, Free Thinking Frogs is a group of nonbelievers who have come together to provide a community for those who are lacking in faith, and to promote a respectful discourse at TCU and the larger community concerning atheism, agnosticism and secular humanism.

"Free Thinking Frogs does not seek to convert believers to atheism,” Romberger said. “All we want is the same respect and acceptance on campus that other organizations receive so that we can be a safe haven for those who are questioning their beliefs or are already set in them. "

During their weekly meetings in Jarvis Hall members of the Free Thinking Frogs organization come together to discuss and explore new ideas. Although meetings are on hold for the summer semester, they will start again in the fall.

“I like the group. It’s a good way for people sharing the same beliefs to come together,” said senior finance major Vu Le.

Shortly after the organization was granted recognition by TCU, alumnus Larry Norton, who graduated TCU in 1973 mailed a letter to TCU Magazine, in which he expressed his discontent with the university’s approval of Free Thinking Frogs.

In his letter Norton wrote, “I thought TCU was a Christian-based university. The second word in TCU is still ‘Christian’ I do believe.”

According to Romberger the organization has met little other resistance, and that overall, “The student body, faculty and staff of TCU have been very respectful and welcoming to our organization.”

Sabrina Gordon, a senior fashion merchandising major and member of Christian organizations on and off campus, said, “It should be looked at the same way as Christian organizations on campus. I may not agree with their views but they have the right to be an organization that allows students of common beliefs come together.”

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