Natalie Kaufman is an active member and volunteer for the University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers and Inquirers. She is currently studying Psychology/Philosophy at UNI.
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.