This last weekend, Campus Organizer Debbie Goddard, intern Cody Hashman, and I went to the Secular Student Alliance annual conference in Columbus, Ohio. I had never been to an SSA conference before and I had a great time getting to know so many (over 200!) student leaders who are passionate about secularism and freethought. The Secular Student Alliance staff and volunteers did a great job putting the conference together and I am grateful that they invited me and my colleagues to participate. So, a big thank-you is in order, first of all.
The CSI-Con video is out and it is awesome! Former CFI On Campus intern and current Point of Inquiry producer and media-mega-man, Adam Isaak, created a video for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry conference, and I have to share it with you. I know that we all have been trying to avoid the word "epic," but I would argue that this video is epic.
There's a great post over at The Friendly Atheist's blog this morning where Hemant talks about his experience being on the "Diversity in Skepticism" panel at TAM 9. Apparently, the conversation became particularly focused on the diversity of skepticism present at meetings. The crux of the discussion was, as he put it, "If we truly advocate skepticism, and we want to apply it to all areas of life, then why do we always seem to limit our conversations to the paranormal or science? Why don’t we ever talk about the Drug War, or Gun Control, or Abortion, or the entire panoply of topics for which there’s available data and plenty of false information spread about them?" Hemant concludes that the movement has much to gain from bringing skeptics uninterested in our current focus into the fold.
Here's something that will make you choke on your drink. So put it down and take a breath first.
The following was published in a local Alaskan paper. It was written by Pastor (pastor!) Ron Hamman, writing about a case of spousal rape:
"The next question we need to ask is to whom does the body belong? While in our day of feminism it is asserted that a woman’s body is her own. Biblically speaking, this is only true prior to marriage..."
From June 23-26, secular student leaders from North America traveled to the CFI–Transnational headquarters in Amherst, NY, for the 2011 Student Leadership Conference. There were many informative and inspiring talks ranging from high school activism to the controversial topic of interfaith participation. A few of the talks were videotaped and CFI is now making them available for the public to view. The following are the first three video to be released and include a high school panel featuring the new Volunteer High School Outreach Coordinator, Jessica Alhquitst, among other high school acivists. The remaining two videos are by Skepchick founder, Rebecca Watson, and law professor, Dan Kahan.