On September 30th, I had the opportunity to participate in International Blasphemy Rights Day for the first time. Our campus group for atheists, agnostics, skeptics and freethinkers at the University of Northern Iowa, UNIFI, sponsored an exhibit in one of our campus’s central meeting hubs. We set up boards with signs telling stories of people that had been affected by blasphemy laws—people that were persecuted for things they had said, did or published in regards to beliefs and religion. Also included in the exhibit were three public boards with the question “Why is freedom of expression important to you?” where anybody could write down their answer. I was very glad that I could volunteer and be a part of this cause.
Every once in a while, it is good to say, "hey, we appreciate you," to someone. Hemant, we at CFI On Campus appreciate you. To show our appreciation, we give you this.
I've been thinking a lot lately about my identity and my orientation. This is something that a lot of us think about round about our late teens and early twenties, and so it seemed highly pertinent to this blog to talk about the critical thinking that I've been doing around these topics.
Participants are challenged to convey, in less than 140 characters, why the right to criticize religion is important. Seriously guys, no using ellipses, no "part 1, part 2" nonsense. Just ONE TWEET about blasphemy. Do you think you can do it?
The prizes include cash and free subscriptions to Free Inquiry, as well as recognition on CFI's website.
"Algorithm" is a scary word. You probably just threw up a little bit, a little fear puke, from reading it just now. Also, it is hard to look at. The first part is easy: "Algo." That is easy to look at. But then your eyes hit that second part and just sort of get lost in a tangled mess of letters that have no business hanging out together. To what black magic does this dark word refer? The goal of this post is to kind of answer that question, and to make algorithms less scary for you.