International Blasphemy Rights Day is September 30!

International Blasphemy Rights Day, held each year on September 30, is a day to promote the rights to freedom of belief and expression and stand up in a show of solidarity for the liberty to challenge reigning religious beliefs without fear of murder, litigation, or reprisal.

The event is administered by the Center for Inquiry as part of its Campaign for Free Expression, and CFI On Campus has plenty of ideas for how you and your group can get involved!

 

Celebrate Openly Secular Day on October 19

Openly Secular Day serves as a call to action for those with a secular identity by encouraging openness and dialogue around one’s identity and beliefs. Some common secular identities include atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, freethinker, and secularist, though you are encouraged to identify however your beliefs are best described.

This year, we invite you to celebrate Openly Secular Day in two main ways:

  • By contacting your representatives to tell them you’re a Secular Values Voter.
  • By engaging in interfaith activities that foster mutual understanding across religious and philosophical divides.
  • Learn more, and get involved, at the Openly Secular Day webpage!

     

    It's Reaffiliation Season!

    Get excited—it's CFI On Campus re-affiliation time! Please have an officer of your group fill out the affiliation form so our campus organizers can be sure to have up-to-date contact information. The form doesn't take more than a few minutes and it helps us better serve your group!

    Update Your Group's Affiliation

    Questions? Contact a campus organizer at oncampus@centerforinquiry.net.


     
    The Course of Reason

    The Other F Word

    July 16, 2018 Kayla Bowen

    A lot of skeptics think that fat activism is based on pseudoscience because they think fat activists are trying to equate being fat with being healthy. For those unaware, fat activism is advocating for the equal treatment of people whose bodies are fatter than what is considered socially acceptable because fat people tend to be treated differently in medical, legal, and social settings as a result of their weight. If you even YouTube “fat activism” most of the results will be photos of fat people accompanied by a scathing commentary, and if you really want to see how much fat people are hated in society, just visit r/fatacceptance where one Reddit user posted “fat people shouldn’t have rights. Who’s with me?”

    Read more... 0 comment

    Is There Room in Atheism for Trans People?

    June 15, 2018 EJ Sorrell

    I’m just going to come out and say it: atheism has a problem with transgender people, especially in online circles. Atheist and secular communities have had issues with diversity for as long as they have existed, and while the demographics have shifted slightly over the years, atheism as a movement is still predominantly white, straight, cisgender (i.e. not transgender), and male. Those who hold marginalized identities, like people of color, women, and LGBT+ folks have consistently been driven away from atheist spaces due to harassment and prejudice.

    Read more... 0 comment

    The Challenge of Freethinking Among Nonbelievers

    September 6, 2017 Andy Ngo

    For the 2016–2017 academic year, I served as a leader for Freethinkers of Portland State University, a student group with a similar mission statement to the Center for Inquiry. In the beginning, I naively assumed that the areligious ethos of ultra-progressive Portland and the PSU campus would be fertile ground for mobilizing students in secular activism. Instead, I learned quickly that the staunchly nonreligious social environment nearly rendered our group irrelevant.

    Read more... 0 comment

    Reflecting on a CFI Outreach Internship: Vicki Smith

    August 23, 2017 Vicki Smith

    My last semester at Central Michigan University, I received an email about the summer internship opportunity with the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, NY. It would be lying to say I immediately wanted to apply—in fact, I originally was not going to, as I felt a biochemistry major had no business applying as a non-profit intern. I was also about to graduate and move to Wisconsin from Michigan over the summer; the timing did not seem ideal. As I prepared my secular on-campus group before graduating, making sure leaders were in place and ready to take over, I realized I was not ready to let go of what had become a huge part of my identity while at university. Sitting at the library, all my campus group files organized, I decided I had to at least apply. I would worry about the details later since at the end of the day, I knew this was something I was passionate about and would make happen.

    Read more... 1 comment

    The Orlando Selfie

    June 29, 2017 Andy Ngo

    On the morning of June 12, 2016, I took this selfie after spending the past few hours at a popular Portland gay club. I just finished a grueling finals week at Portland State. Still having the medley of Rihanna and Beyoncé tunes in my head, I casually snapped this photo to memorialize the occasion where I could wear a Barbie pink tank top and white skinny jeans without care or concern.

    While reviewing my phone notifications, my eyes widened as I read the headlines coming in: “Orlando mass shooting; club shooting; active hostage situation.” The severity of the situation didn’t quite hit me while I drove home. Exhausted and perhaps desensitized to gun violence in America, I told myself I would read the news later. I couldn’t imagine how profoundly affected I would become in a few hours.

    Read more... 1 comment
     

    Digital Resources

    Point of Inquiry CFI Forums
    Google+