Vicki is a graduate of Central Michigan University. She majored in biochemistry and minored in environmental geology, but found herself drawn to the secular movement through her on-campus group Dogma-Free Society: A Chapter of the Secular Student Alliance where she was president for three years. Her passions include eliminating negative stigma for atheists and other non-believers, keeping church and state separate, and increasing scientific literacy and evidence-based inquiry. She is a summer 2017 intern for the CFI Outreach Department!
My last semester at Central Michigan University, I received an email about the summer internship opportunity with the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, NY. It would be lying to say I immediately wanted to apply—in fact, I originally was not going to, as I felt a biochemistry major had no business applying as a non-profit intern. I was also about to graduate and move to Wisconsin from Michigan over the summer; the timing did not seem ideal. As I prepared my secular on-campus group before graduating, making sure leaders were in place and ready to take over, I realized I was not ready to let go of what had become a huge part of my identity while at university. Sitting at the library, all my campus group files organized, I decided I had to at least apply. I would worry about the details later since at the end of the day, I knew this was something I was passionate about and would make happen.
“Find yourself a good Christian man,” my grandmother once told me. I giggled to myself a little. She has no idea I am an atheist and as such I have no intentions of marrying a Christian man, or any religious person.
Is it wrong of me to say that – to turn someone down based on their faith?