Contributions

Reflections From Freethinking Pen Pals: Part 2
November 6, 2014


This guest blog post is by Michael Cluff, one of the pen pals with CFI’s Freethought Books Project. The Freethought Books Project provides donations of freethought and secular literature to inmates. We also have a pen pal program that matches up freethinking volunteer pen pals with inmates looking for a connection with someone who shares their worldview.

“I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
Living in the hopeless, hungry side of town.
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
but still is there because he’s a victim of the times.”

– Johnny Cash, “The Man in Black.”

Reflections From Freethinking Pen Pals: Part 1
November 4, 2014


This guest blog post is by Addie Lass, one of the pen pals with CFI’s Freethought Books Project. The Freethought Books Project provides donations of freethought and secular literature to inmates. We also have a pen pal program that matches up freethinking volunteer pen pals with inmates looking for a connection with someone who shares their worldview.

I decided to become a pen pal with the Freethought Books Project because I’ve always enjoyed writing and receiving letters. It is a dying art that I would like to keep alive as long as possible. It has always been important to me to find people who have a different world view and I’m always looking learn something new.

Of Gender, Language, and Clarity: A Rebuttal (Guest Post)
September 9, 2014


This is a guest post by Amy Frushour Kelly, coordinator of CFI-Long Island. 

In his September 2, 2014 blog post, Tom Flynn argues against the use of the singular “they” as a gender-neutral pronoun. He reasons that “[w]hether an individual is cisgender, is transgender, or occupies any intermediate point on that spectrum, the person in question remains an individual — that is, unitary. Whatever gender identification you, the reader, might embrace, there’s only one of you. … The problem is that adopting a plural pronoun to denote a single individual invites just such misinterpretations.” Tom goes on to explain his point: the nonspecificity of a formerly plural pronoun to denote a singular.

Does a Crime in a Place of Worship Deserve a Harsher Penalty?
April 2, 2014


A bill currently under consideration in New York State would increase penalties for crimes committed in “a place of religious worship,” as incorporated under state law. Criminal penalties would also be increased for cemeteries or other places of burial.

An Update From the Freethought Books Project
January 13, 2014


Since we announced in December that CFI is relaunching the Freethought Books Project, the support we’ve received has been huge! I wanted to take a minute, between reading letters and sending packages, to share some of the work we’ve done so far. 

What Would You Do With Your $11,000 in Lost Wages?
April 5, 2013


Equal work deserves equal pay.

The National Women’s Law Center is asking people to join their annual Blog for Equal Pay Day blog carnival. Their prompt (the title of this post) stems from the statistic that on average women make 77 cents for every dollar men make, amounting to just over $11,000 in lost wages each year.

The Interfaith Movement and Where Secular Folks Fit In
December 13, 2012


Reading an article put out a few weeks ago by the Center for American Progress, I was surprised to learn statistics showing that Catholic universities have a higher percentage of Muslim students enrolled than does the average four-year institution in the United States.

To secularists, this data should be surprising. Why are religious minority students finding private Catholic institutions more welcoming than public secular ones?