The Course of Reason

My Entry and Escape From Organized Religion

September 15, 2015 CFI On Campus

For reasons of safety, this post has been edited to maintain anonymity of the author. 

Year one of college. I was a naive freshman looking to join every club that threw itself at me. Tunnel vision clouded my senses and I ignored the possible consequences that could come. I thought I was immune to irrational thought. It turned out that I was wrong.

Wall demolition 

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2015 Leadership Conference Reflection: Alexis Avery

September 4, 2015 Alexis Avery

Before attending the CFI Leadership Conference, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and now I can say I had no idea how much of an impact it would have on my ideas on skepticism, activism, and involvement in the movement. I never realized how big of a community skeptics, secular humanists, agnostics, atheists, etc. have. During the conference, there were well-informed speakers who went up and gave us tips on how we can grow our clubs on campus and how we can make sure they continue to be active after we are gone. There were so many ideas that we could use on our campus—I was trying to write them all down! (After a while I realized that maybe I should just wait and ask to get a copy of the presentations.) During the breaks and meals I was so excited to meet new people from other college campuses. I was surprised whenever I met someone who would share the same excitement and enthusiasm as I had.

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2015 Leadership Conference Reflection: Aaron Bayes

September 1, 2015 Aaron Bayes

I have been a big fan of CFI since I started reading Skeptical Inquirer as a kid. When I eventually started a skeptics club on my campus, CFI was eager to help; they sent boxes of swag and connected me with amazing guest speakers. This summer, they were gracious enough to invite me to the CFI Leadership Conference at CFI headquarters in New York state. I really wanted to go, but I figured that it was too far away as I live in Vancouver, Canada. Imagine my delight when CFI offered to pay for my travel expenses! In my mind, it would have been both foolish and rude to decline.

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Humanists Against the Confederate Flag

August 26, 2015 Ned Borninski

On June 17, 2015, white nationalist Dylann Roof entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and shot nine members of that church’s black congregation. Upon being arrested, Roof was discovered to have made numerous online postings about his racial views, including photographs of him draped in the flag of the Confederate States of America. As such, the past few months have seen the reigniting of a debate which has been going on since our Civil War: is it right for southern states to continue waving their flag of secession and slavery?


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2015 Leadership Conference Reflection: Nicole Niebler

August 18, 2015 Nicole Niebler

What did I enjoy at the 2015 CFI Leadership Conference? So much! Seriously, I can’t quantify how much leadership training and information was packed into that weekend, and I think my lack of sleep over the weekend can attest to that. I don’t have the space, and you probably don’t have the time to read all of the things I’ve learned, so I’ll just share some of my favorite parts of the conference.

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