My organization, Center for Inquiry–Grand Valley, had the amazing opportunity to host Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson at our school, Grand Valley State University. It was about a nine month process that started in late February 2013 when we got in contact with Dr. Tyson's agent to sign the contract, and ended when we finally hosted him on November 13th.
We are pleased to announce this week's Affiliate Group of the Week, the Secular Student Alliance at the University of California, Santa Cruz. This group has hosted past Point of Inquiry host, Indre Viskontas, CFI board chair, Eddie Tabash, and will soon host Julia Galef. The current president, Rob Carmen, answered a few questions for us.
Every year AHA tries to come up with a way to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It's not easy coming up with a unique idea that draws people in and encourages them to donate. This year we decided to combine our fundraising event with awareness for International Blasphemy Rights Day.
Syd LeRoy, director of CFI–New York City, recently alerted me to the heresy contained in Jay Z's most recent album Magna Carta... Holy Grail. The 9th track, "Heaven" is particularly critical of religion.
"We lost faith in the arms of love," Ben Howard sings in his 2011 single, "The Wolves." A catchy tune laying out his frustration with suffering and god.