In late 2011, Republican hopeful Ron Paul had his sights set on winning Iowa. Unlike most GOP candidates, however, the bulk of his volunteers were not old white men or Christian housewives--they were college students.
Today's Music Monday comes by request from Trent in Des Moines, Iowa. I couldn't be happier with this song. I think it is beautiful, and inspiring, and talks about death in a not scary way. I love it and I hope you do, too. Thanks, Trent!
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.