The Course of Reason

Keeping Your Group from Fading Away with the Summer Sun

August 4, 2011 Jessica Swider

We’ve passed the halfway point of summer. Class schedules are arranged, textbooks are ordered, summer internships are wrapping up and students are savoring the last weeks of vacation. The end is near. While this news may be good or bad, now is a crucial time to establish some building blocks for your campus group to work off of come fall. Below are a few important tips to keep in mind as you start packing your backpack:

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What We Learned at the SSA Conference

August 3, 2011 Dren Asselmeier

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.

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CSI-Con: Why You Need to Go and What You Will Miss if You Don’t

August 1, 2011 Dren Asselmeier

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

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Broadening (Losing?) Our Focus in the Skeptic Movement

July 30, 2011 Samuel Shore

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.

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Pastor Defends Spousal Rape, Upsets Everyone

July 29, 2011 Stephanie Van Dyk

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..."

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