The cause of secularism in the United States is one about which most of us in "the movement" feel passionate. Religious dogma poisons LGBT equality and attempts to set back rights for women. Prayer at public high school commencements and nativity scenes on town hall front lawns send the message to non-believers and those of other faiths that they are institutionally undervalued. "In God We Trust" on our money and "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance are minor, yet lingering reminders that atheism is looked on with disdain by many Americans.
This post is by a 2012 CFI Leadership Conference attendee.
After a good deal of time to rest and reflect, I am excited to report back on the amazing success that was the 2012 Center For Inquiry Leadership Conference: An intensive weekend for leaders of affiliated groups who share in their mission of promoting science, reason and secular values. From open to close, it was clear that the organizers of the conference were dedicated to providing the tools necessary for the assembled participants to be more effective leaders in the future.
This post is inspired by a particular gentleman who stopped by our table at the farmer's market on Saturday. He described himself as an atheist and skeptic. I began to doubt his skepticism when he started talking about how the only presidents to be assassinated in office weren't masons, but that's a different issue. While he was glad that we, the Secular Alliance at IU, were active, he said he could never really support using energy on something like that.
Happy half Christmas!!! For your half Christmas present I have compiled the Music Mondays since the last half-year recap. As always, if you get a chance, send your suggestions for future Music Mondays to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a comment below, or @tweet us at @CFIOnCampus. Your suggestions, along with future and past songs, may end up in the official Course of Reason Music Monday Grooveshark playlist or Spofity playlist that anyone can listen to.
I'm a Vandals fan and have quite a few of their tunes in my disorganized library of MP3s going back to the advent of MP3s (or at least it felt like the advent-remember listening to .wav clips on AOL? I do). I was jamming to my Pandora playlist of NOFX radio today when "People that are Going to Hell" by The Vandals came on. I rocked out, as usual, but then I looked up the lyrics because I realized it might be a good song for #MusicMonday. Turns out it was kind of the opposite of what I figured the song was about.