Reflections From Freethinking Pen Pals: Part 2November 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 1November 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.
Now Accepting Applications: 2014 CFI Outreach Summer InternshipsMarch 4, 2014
CFI is looking for two Outreach interns. Apply now!
Affiliate Group of the Week #28: American University Rationalists and Atheists (AURA)February 20, 2014
AURA (American University Rationalists and Atheists) was created, like many of our campus groups, as a forum for non-believers on campus and a place to have open conversations about religion. They have regular discussion meetings, bring in speakers, and even had a kind of “Atheist Church” event. They are using the CFI Speakers Bureau as a resource to find more future speakers to host at AU. Read on for more from the group’s current outreach coordinator, Benjamin Cook!
Affiliate Group of the Week #27: Gulf Coast State College Center for Inquiry On CampusJanuary 30, 2014
We are pleased to announce this week’s Affiliate Group of the Week, the Center for Inquiry On Campus at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida. This group impressed us when they re-affiliated (something all groups do each year) and sent a long list of activities they had planned for the coming semester. Jake Brown, the group’s president, answered our questions about their past, present, and upcoming events.
An Update From the Freethought Books ProjectJanuary 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.
Why is the Right to Blaspheme Important to You?September 29, 2013
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.
The Course of Reason On Air Session 3: Blasphemy Rights and the Campaign for Free ExpressionSeptember 5, 2013
Why is blasphemy an important issue for the non-religious? Why do we, of all people, care about promoting free expression? How is the defense of free expression a humanistic endeavor?
Join the discussion next Monday, September 9 starting at 9:00 PM EST. A live stream of the event (a live online Google Hangout with video) will be posted to the Google+ event page, where campus organizers Sarah Kaiser and Cody Hashman will be joined by student leaders and CFI Office of Public Policy director Michael De Dora to discuss International Blasphemy Rights Day, coming up on September 30, and how and why we can promote free expression.