International Blasphemy Rights Day, held each year on September 30, is a day to promote the rights to freedom of belief and expression and stand up in a show of solidarity for the liberty to challenge reigning religious beliefs without fear of murder, litigation, or reprisal. The event is administered by CFI as part of its Campaign for Free Expression.Campus and off-campus groups around the world highlighted freedom of expression by putting on events, hosting art shows, chalking, holding banned book readouts and lectures on censorship, watching "blasphemous" movies like Life of Brian, and inviting people to write on free expression boards, among other things.
I put all of the planning for SAIU's Heretic Hunt in our Social Director's hands. He came up with a list of things on campus to get your picture taken with, worth 1 point each, and we put up posters with various images on them for people to find and take down, worth 3 points each. Some of them were relevant, like a picture of the Milky Way on the door to the Kirkwood Observatory, some not so much, like a picture of a puppy on a bulletin board at the Indiana Memorial Union.
Service is a vital part of what we do in the secular community, it's an excellent way of defeating the negative stereotypes surrounding atheism that are frequently perpetuated on the internet and elsewhere. So when the Foundation Beyond Belief (along with help from an incredible number of secular groups) announced that it would be supporting the Leukemia Lymphoma Society with an ultimate goal of raising 1 million dollars, we here at the Illini Secular Student Alliance were thrilled to take part.
Most people have in some way been touched by cancer. In my own family, my grandfather succumbed to bone cancer, and both my grandmother and mother have had bouts with breast cancer. When I heard about the Foundation Beyond Belief’s challenge to secular groups to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, I knew I wanted my group, Secular Student Alliance at Presbyterian College, to be a part of it.
"One Sunday Morning" is one of those songs that you listen to while you are cleaning your house because it's soothing, long, and unsurprisingly appeared on your Wilco Spotify radio station, but you never really get a chance to sit down and listen to it. It is a beautiful song and makes Sunday morning chores tolerable (heh, it's still better than church). It also has hard-hitting lyrical content—many Wilco songs do—when you get a chance to pay attention.