Jessika Griffin is a fourth-year student at Indiana University studying public management and legal studies. She is also the president of the Secular Alliance of IU. Jessika was raised Catholic but has almost always lacked belief in a god.
On Saturday, Feb 9th, the Secular Alliance at Indiana University's outreach director and I attended Civic Day at the Indiana State House, put on by CFI–Indiana. You can see an itinerary for the day here. We learned a lot throughout the day but I have three main takeaways.
In early November a 7th grade teacher in a neighboring town emailed SAIU asking if a representative would like to teach his class about atheism and nonreligious beliefs for the world religions unit of social studies. I wasn't sure what I was reading at first. A 7th grade teacher, in Indiana (Southern Indiana even), wants to include atheism in their religion unit for social studies, and contacted a group of college students about it...!
I put all of the planning for SAIU's Heretic Hunt in our Social Director's hands. He came up with a list of things on campus to get your picture taken with, worth 1 point each, and we put up posters with various images on them for people to find and take down, worth 3 points each. Some of them were relevant, like a picture of the Milky Way on the door to the Kirkwood Observatory, some not so much, like a picture of a puppy on a bulletin board at the Indiana Memorial Union.
This post is inspired by a particular gentleman who stopped by our table at the farmer's market on Saturday. He described himself as an atheist and skeptic. I began to doubt his skepticism when he started talking about how the only presidents to be assassinated in office weren't masons, but that's a different issue. While he was glad that we, the Secular Alliance at IU, were active, he said he could never really support using energy on something like that.
The Outreach Director from the Secular Alliance of UI, Jessika Griffin, warns of false skepticism.