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.
On September 30th, I had the opportunity to participate in International Blasphemy Rights Day for the first time. Our campus group for atheists, agnostics, skeptics and freethinkers at the University of Northern Iowa, UNIFI, sponsored an exhibit in one of our campus’s central meeting hubs. We set up boards with signs telling stories of people that had been affected by blasphemy laws—people that were persecuted for things they had said, did or published in regards to beliefs and religion. Also included in the exhibit were three public boards with the question “Why is freedom of expression important to you?” where anybody could write down their answer. I was very glad that I could volunteer and be a part of this cause.
Every once in a while, it is good to say, "hey, we appreciate you," to someone. Hemant, we at CFI On Campus appreciate you. To show our appreciation, we give you this.
I've been thinking a lot lately about my identity and my orientation. This is something that a lot of us think about round about our late teens and early twenties, and so it seemed highly pertinent to this blog to talk about the critical thinking that I've been doing around these topics.