The Corvallis Secular Society March 2013 meeting is tomorrow, Saturday the 16th. It will be from 2 to 4 pm at Corl House.
Below are links to articles of possible interest. They may provide topics for discussion.
37 percent of people completely lost
“Six percent of Americans believe in unicorns. Thirty-six percent believe in UFOs. A whopping 24 percent believe dinosaurs and man hung out together. Eighteen percent still believe the sun revolves around the Earth. Nearly 30 percent believe cloud computing involves… actual clouds. A shockingly sad 18 percent, to this very day, believe the president is a Muslim. Aren’t they cute? And Floridian?”
Moyers Moments: Four Perspectives on God, Atheism and Agnosticism
“Over the years, Bill has become well known for his thoughtful discussions on eternal questions about God, faith and reason. Here, we’ve collected memorable moments from his conversations with prominent agnostics and atheists to shed light on issues of religion and identity.”
Segregated Seating Row At UCL Debate Between Islam And Atheism
“An academic says he threatened to walk out of a debate hosted by the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) because organisers tried to segregate the audience. Professor Lawrence Krauss, one of the world’s leading atheists, was lined up to debate against Islamic lecturer Hamza Andreas Tzortzis at University College London on Saturday.”
Atheist Police Officer Sues Over Alleged Discrimination by Christian Superiors
Submitted by James Dearing.
“An atheist police officer in Puerto Rico filed a lawsuit on Friday for discrimination after allegedly being fired due to his refusal to participate in Christian prayer while on duty.”
IHEU attacks Islamic states over freedom of expression
“International Ethical and Humanist Union representative Roy Brown has again reminded Islamic States of their responsibility to uphold the right to freedom of expression.
“In Iran, we have seen protesters imprisoned and even sentenced to death, for “waging war against God”. But what strange logic can possibly equate criticism and peaceful protest with waging war? And since when did any government equate itself with God?”
It’s OK to criticize religious practices
“In 2012, a German court ruled that religious circumcision of male minors constitutes criminal bodily assault. Muslim and Jewish groups responded with outrage, with some commentators pegging the ruling to Islamophobic and anti-Semitic motivations.”