It's my second week as a CFI On Campus intern, so I thought I'd tell you all a bit about myself. My name is Stef McGraw, and I'm a senior philosophy and Spanish double major at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. I'm currently the Vice President of my campus group, the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNIFI).
Sometimes the content of a song is less important that the face that the song can and does exist. While I do not want to delgitimize the quality of music from today's Music Monday artist–it is quite good and I listen to them often–the reason it is being featured is because of the inspiring fact, that against all odds, it could be heard and heard live.
Center for Inquiry On Campus (and its predecessor, the Campus Freethought Alliance) has been connecting students with knowledge, resources, and other leading secular activists and scientists for over fifteen years. We believe that it is our job to inspire students and to educate the secular leaders of tomorrow so that they can expand on the limits of our knowledge and bring reason to the coming generations. A big part of how we fulfill this mission of being a jumping-off point for young freethinkers is by holding our annual student leadership conference. It is a chance for students to come together in real life and relate leadership experiences, share how-to tips, make connections, and inspire each other. Several students who attended the 2011 Student Leadership Conference have offered to share their stories so that others can get an idea of what to expect, why it is important, and how you can help. This is one of those stories.
This morning the Titans for Reason, the secular pro-science student group at California State University – Fullerton, found their on-campus office space vandalized, apparently by a religious individual or group.
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. -Psalm 14:1
Sometimes theists say this to me. They mean to call me a fool. Of course, it’s not them saying it; they are merely quoting the bible. If I weren’t properly medicated, that sort of thing might hurt my feelings. I used to just tell myself, “Nah, it’s not true, Seth. You’re not a fool.” But maybe I am a fool. After all, it says so in the bible.