Last week, a now-familiar sight returned to the GW campus. Along with the robins and songbirds of spring, a group of born-again Christians arrived to preach from a soapbox on a sidewalk off of our main quad, Kogan Plaza. From about 10:30am to 5:00pm, this group, which consisted of about a half dozen older male members of the church heckled a sizable crowd of students, calling them sinners, and telling them to repent and find Jesus. The group, which preaches primarily on college campuses, had been here last semester too, but returned today in honor of "Sin Awareness Day."
A month ago, Bangladesh was barely on my radar. I think I may have encountered a few Facebook pictures with the relevant information. You know, human rights violations, Islamists being violent, and irrational. I'm sad to say that I've grown desensitized to the topic. Nothing they do surprises me anymore. There is no tragedy beyond their capabilities. If it is horrific, they have probably done it, and probably to children. But when I saw the call for a global protest about the atheist bloggers, some passion within me lit up. So we protested in Columbia, Missouri, USA, pissed and loud about the human rights violations in Bangladesh.
Dessa is a badass. And the self-described atheist is on tour promoting her newest single "Warsaw." While she may best be known for her participation in the Minneapolis based indie hip hop collective Doomtree, Dessa has an extensive collection of solo tracks including today's Music Monday song of the week, "Poor Atlas" from her 2010 album A Badly Broken Code.
The image below came across my Facebook newsfeed this morning.
Recently, I was asked to participate in an interview to talk about my journey from Islam to Atheism by someone who has had a lot of interest in my group, the Wayne State Secular Student Alliance. I've done interviews before, but it seems a little surreal that people care about what I have to say.