A discussion with a fellow atheist/secularist, Cody Hashman, (who I’d like to give thanks to for posting my article on the issue of Muslim prayers in Toronto schools on The Course of Reason blog) has brought up some interesting points about how we should argue for secularism.
This past Monday, UNIFI President Cory Derringer and I gave each other an (god, I hate using this word, but) "epic" high five. And despite a few confused glances from around the room, we didn't care what anyone thought. Because we deserved it. It was our way of celebrating that we had not only successfully collected our goal number of names, but just survived at all UNI's freshman orientation.
Earlier this summer, I attended the 2011 Center for Inquiry Leadership Conference in Amherst, NY. During this conference, the question arose of whether Atheists should participate in Interfaith events. Many people said yes, because we should put our differences aside and work towards a greater goal. Few said no, because, as CFI intern Cody Hashman said, “we need to preserve our own resources and focus on building our own architecture.” Is this a yes or no question, though? I think not.
Chris Burke from the Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers of Waterloo shares his feelings about school activities that use religion to justify discrimination against young women.
This year's recipient of the Best New Group award went to the Secular Students and Skeptics Society at the University of Colorado at Boulder!