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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 CFI On Campus

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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CFI Student Leadership Conference Videos!

July 28, 2011 Cody Hashman

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.

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ISSA Freethought Library Update!

July 27, 2011 Rebecca Tippens

It's been two weeks, and ISSA's Freethought Library has more than doubled in size! Sure, that means we now have nine books instead of four, but progress is progress! I'd like to thank those who've donated thus far... This is, of course, for a great cause -- arming our members with the most fundamental atheist arguments, facilitating productive discussion and promoting further inquiry. In short, we need to keep these freethinkers freethinkin'! Get it? Got it? Good.

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