I first learned of Doe v. Acton-Boxborough in early September after attending a meeting of the Greater Worcester Humanists. Dave Niose, president of the American Humanist Association (AHA), was in attendance at the meeting. When he spoke to the group, he mentioned that AHA was filing a lawsuit against the town of Acton over the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Afterwards, I told Mr. Niose that I was from Acton and inquired about the lawsuit. He gave me a brief overview of the case and the kind of arguments they were going to make in court. Needless to say, I was pretty surprised to find out that my town was going to be at the center of such a potentially historic case.
It just so happens to be the day before Valentines day. So how about a love song for this week's Music Monday? Perhaps a song about loving reality and how that might affect how you love others? I can't think of a better song that fits this criteria other than The Flaming Lips' song "Do You Realize??"
Hey everyone! So things have been as busy as ever for us at CFI Transnational over the last few weeks. You may have seen the new African Amhericans for Humanism website and campaign launch, including billboards and ads all over the United States. Plus, we're still doing last-minute registrations for students who want to attend the Moving Secularism Forward conference, all while helping to sponsor ReasonFest and Darwin Week! Whew! But there is one thing I don't want you to miss.
I don’t know if anyone else is celebrating, but the last week or so has culminated into some pretty good news for the socially progressive crowd. In case you missed it, here is my account of the news.
I have been told on multiple occasions by at least two different people that if God asked them to murder me, they would do it without question. I suppose this is all in a day's work as a secular student activist, because my favorite instace of this was on Blasphemy Rights Day 2009 when a "mob of people" gathered in front of our school library, where I found myself in an impromptu debate in front of about 60 people. I always find it enlightening when people's convictions overpower social pressures. Interestingly, this was the first thing I thought of when I was sent today's Music Monday song of the week by a band by the name of Low called "Murderer".