The 2014 Center for Inquiry Leadership Conference was an amazing experience, first and foremost. Rarely have I had the opportunity to work with and talk to so many secular folks. The conference was really focused on providing us the tools to do whatever our organizations need to grow and to affect change, or simply to be the kind of affinity group our campuses need while also fostering discussion and community amongst attendees. I want to say thank you to CFI for giving me such an amazing opportunity to pick the brains of students and community leaders in the secular movement and an opportunity for others to pick my brain and see what I’m thinking. To the readers of this post, if you are ever debating whether to go to the CFI Leadership Conference, don’t; don’t debate it, go. You will not regret the experience and I’m here to tell you why.
"Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten” - unless you declare yourself an atheist in rural South Carolina where Ku Klux Klan rallies are regularly scheduled and every death in the community is god’s necessity for another angel.
Freethinkers Union, an alliance of student freethought groups in South Korea, sent out this press release earlier today to spread the word about their letter welcoming Pope Francis to their country:
When I walked through the front doors of the Center For Inquiry at almost midnight, I had no idea what to expect. An intern had told me that I would be spending a few days with a few people who share my values and convictions. To be honest, I was laughably skeptical. How could I not be? I come from a town where praying over your lunch is expected and everyone is terrified of Obama coming to their houses to take their guns.
To this day, there is an overwhelmingly negative perception of atheists by the religious, and the public. This notion is propagated by religious believers, and the media. For most of my life, I was unaware of the sinister connotation to the word atheist, held by so many millions of Americans.