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”.
Welcome to another interview on the Course of Reason! This is the second installment of my series where I interview people who are making a difference for science, reason, and secular values. Thanks for listening!
Photo credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring
The image above is home. It is the place where all but five hundred of the over ten billion humans have lived and will live their entire lives. It is the only place we know of that contains our scale of life. This place is amazing to us, for it gives us physical locations of shelter, warmth, chilling, cyclical seasons, and the chance for us to learn about its inner-most workings.
If you've recently been hiding under a rock (or not reading r/atheism), you might have missed the amazing story of 16-year-old Jessica Ahlquist and her recent lawsuit to remove a prayer banner in her public high school. Just last week, a federal judge ruled in her favor and it looks like the school district will take down the banner rather than continuing to futilely challenge the Constitution with taxpayer money.