A few weeks before the end of the semester my Center for Inquiry Club at Broward College teamed up with our campus’s Gay Straight Alliance to go sign-to-sign with the Westboro Baptist Church. Shirley Phelps herself, the wife of Fred Phelps, attended along with a nameless brown-haired man. I learned a lot from this experience and I would like to pass this knowledge on to my fellow skeptic peers.
Students, young people, and the "30 under 30" that some people reference (the idea that 30% of people under 30 are not religious, which I can't confirm the accuracy of right now, but is still relevant in this context) are part of a growing trend to include students in activism and secular organizations. Some organizations, like American Atheists, have done innovative things to get students involved. Offering free or reduced rates for organization membership, giving free or very inexpensive entry to conferences, and offering grants and scholarships to students for their hard work and dedication to our missions are all simple measures that attract students and make them feel important to our movement.
For the New Year I thought I would start from the beginning and share all of the Music Mondays for the year. I hope you enjoy. As always feel free to enjoy the official Music Monday Grooveshark playlist.
Student and community groups in our movement have made doing good a priority, and never has that been more apparent than this last year. Secular and skeptical groups are getting involved in making their communities a better place to live, no matter what your beliefs, and I have never been more proud to be a part of the movement than I am now.
Most of the religious holidays for the season are over, and now the internet and the rest of the world can go back to business-as-usual without having to hear about "The War on Christmas" and such. There were plenty of stories about conflicts over religious displays on government land, most of which I thought were reasonable requests for inclusion, but one of them is still sticking with me as we pass Decemeber 25th.