Explaining Our Mission - Ron Lindsay on Montana Public Radio

April 22, 2014

Here in the thick of the secular and skeptic movements, it can be easy to forget that not everyone really knows what it is we're fighting for. Even the politically plugged-in may only have a tangential awareness that there is a vibrant movement of secularists, humanists, atheists, skeptics, and others who are working every day to advance reason, science, and secular values. More importantly, there is often a misunderstanding as to why we do what we do. We're not here just to be gadflies or score technical points on First Amendment squabbles. We want to protect and advance fundamental humanistic values like freedom of expression, the value of critical thinking, and the freedom to be who you are regardless of what someone else's religion says about it.

This is why I liked this interview our president and CEO Ron Lindsay just did with Montana Public Radio. Ron has been doing some speaking events in Montana, and for them, the arrival of a "prominent atheist" as they refer to him (which is true) is somewhat novel. So the interview, conducted here by Sally Mauk of MTPR, winds up serving as a useful primer of what CFI and other skeptical and humanist activists are working for. It's a great conversation, and I think it's a good way to introduce to folks you know who may not have a good grasp on what it is we're all up to, so I'd encourage you to share it. 

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