“So you’re an atheist…but your family celebrates Christmas! Why would you do that? How can you celebrate that? It’s about Jesus!”
“Well, why do you celebrate Halloween?”
“I…well…you’ve been asked this before, haven’t you?”
CFI On Campus is excited to bring back our Affiliate Group of the Week series on the Course of Reason blog! This week we're highlighting the Furman University Society of Free Inquiry (SoFI). We met three of their officers at last summer's CFI Leadership Conference, and were impressed with their enthusiasm and passion for the student freethought movement. Director of Public Relations Kristen Murdaugh gave us her thoughts about her group, the secular movement at large, and more:
November 9th, 2014 marked what would have been the 80th birthday of the late, great astronomer, educator, science popularizer, and wonderer Dr. Carl Sagan. Carl taught us to look up to the heavens and let our imaginations run wild. But, he also taught us to only accept conclusions about our universe that are supported by the strongest of observational evidence, and to achieve these conclusions via one of the most beautiful tools we have available to us: the self-correcting mechanism known as the scientific method.
This article was originally posted on illinissa.com by a member of the Illini Secular Student Alliance.I'll admit it. I found out about Brittany Maynard from a click bait title on my Facebook feed. Hers has all of the parts of a perfect viral story: beautiful 29 year old with lethal brain cancer decides to legally end her life through the Death with Dignity Act in Oregon. Maynard's story is bringing back to life the debate surrounding the idea of physician-assisted suicide and the ethics of terminal patients willingly ending their own life instead of suffering through their disease.
It's mid-October. If you're a leader of a CFI On Campus affiliate group, you're probably finishing up the planning for a Halloween event or Carl Sagan Day, counting down the days until Thanksgiving break and maybe, possibly, studying for midterms. What you're probably not thinking about, but should be thinking about, is what your group will be doing in the spring.