There will be no game night tomorrow. Hope everyone is staying warm!
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For discussion, see facebook.com/groups/seculardiscussion We are a community of and for nonreligious students, faculty, and staff at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
We are primarily a student group, but we also welcome members of the greater Bloomington community.
Mission: There are four important parts of our mission: 1.) Education—to inform our campus and community about what it means to be atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, humanists, and skeptics, and to dispel any myths that may exist and represent our beliefs and worldviews in a positive, public way. 2.) Service—to provide helpful service to our campus and community in different forms and uphold the humanist ideals of treating others with respect and kindness and helping those less fortunate than ourselves. 3.) Activism—to work for separation of church and state and to keep faith out of politics, and instead lobby for the use of reason and naturalistic thinking in public debate and decisions on policy. 4.) Community—to provide a safe, friendly place for nonreligious, skeptical and freethinking persons to be free to "question everything." We are open to discussions about anything with anyone—if you are from a religious, philosophical, political, or other group, we'd love to organize a meeting to have a respectful debate or discussion about a topic that interests you. If you want to learn more about who secularists are and what they're like, you're welcome to come and meet us!
There will be no game night tomorrow. Hope everyone is staying warm!
Our first event of the semester will be a Game Night next Thursday (the 18th)! Returning SAIU member? Come join and learn what we have going on this semester! New and want to see what we’re all about? Come on by! We’ll make a Facebook event soon with the time and location.
Due to it being finals' week, there will be no Game Night this Thursday. We'll be back next semester with more events! Good luck on your finals, and have a good break!
Turns out it's a bit too busy of a week, so we're postponing tonight's Game Night to next Thursday. See you then!
Our Game Night tonight is being postponed due to conflict with the First Thursday event... We'll be back soon with info on rescheduling! Have fun at First Thursday!
We're excited to relaunch this fall after being inactive for a bit! We've got awesome new student leaders and some really cool events we can't wait to tell you about. Don't miss our fall callout tomorrow at 8:30 pm in the IMU Oak Room!
Leaving your religion? Looking for a better conversation on religion, reason, and skepticism? Stop by the Student Involvement Fair today from 2–6pm in Dunn Meadow to find out more!
What do you think happens after you die? Come find Secular Aliance at the Student Involvement Fair! See what other folks at IU think on our afterlife board. We're in Dunn Meadow at table 143.
"Now the Duke Chronicle reports that some freshmen have elected to skip reading Fun Home. Apparently the issue started on the “Class of 2019″ page in late July. According to the Duke Chronicle, incoming freshman Brian Grasso wrote on the private page, “I feel as if I would have to compromise my personal Christian moral beliefs to read it.”
Grasso’s post sparked a discussion about the novel. Some of the students were unhappy because, as a graphic novel, the book offers some explicit drawings of events in the story. Another freshman, Jeffery Wubbenhorst, called the novel “pornographic.” In an email, Wubbenhorst wrote:
“The nature of ‘Fun Home’ means that content that I might have consented to read in print now violates my conscience due to its pornographic nature.”"
Some incoming freshmen are objecting to a book that was on Duke's summer reading list, with some saying the graphic novel is too explicit.
"Signers of the letter included many secular and women’s health advocacy groups, such as Planned Parenthood Federation of America, American Atheists, and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. But the list also mentioned civil rights organizations such as Human Rights Campaign and the NAACP, as well as a number of religious groups such as the Union for Reform Judaism, Unitarian Universalist Association, Sikh Coalition, United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries, and United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society."
“RFRA was not intended to create blanket exemptions to laws that protect against discrimination.”
"Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner approved a measure aimed at reducing the number of unvaccinated children in the classroom. But because Rauner didn't sign the bill until after many students had received their routine checkups or started school, the new requirements won't go into effect until Oct. 16 — the day after students must receive their vaccines or file objections. That delays the law's full impact by a year."
Families with religious objections to immunizing their children soon will have an additional hurdle to clear if they want to enroll students in public or private schools.
"Putting these pieces together, the story is this: On the one hand, we don't need God to be good — either as a matter of philosophical foundations, or as a matter of human psychology; on the other hand, many people believe that we do.
The result is distrust of atheists. And unless people correct their assumptions about the relationship between ethical behavior and religious belief, we're not likely to see an openly atheist presidential candidate make it to the White House anytime soon."
Many Americans say they would not vote for an atheist for president. It's based on incorrect assumptions about the connection between ethical behavior and religious belief, says Tania Lombrozo.
Satanic Temple unveils Baphomet statue, protesters say 'Satan has no place' in Detroit
Dozens of protesters gathered in Detroit to protest the unveiling ceremony of a controversial bronze Baphomet statue by the Satanic Temple. When the one-ton goat-headed statue was finally exposed, supporters welcomed it, and cheered "Hail Satan!"
"Atheism as a belief system has peaked and its share of humanity is shrinking, demographic studies indicate. Win/Gallup’s 2012 global poll on religion and atheism put atheists at 13%, while its 2015 poll saw that category fall to 11%. Other figures suggest the changes have deep, broad roots."
Globalized data shows hardliners on all sides losing, and points to emergence of open-minded pro-science, pro-spiritual outlook
Hello everybody! How has your summer been going? And a more important question, are you all getting ready for the school year?! We have great things in store, so be sure to keep an eye out for our call out in a month or two!
And have a great rest of your summer!
Gathering in Columbus offers community without God to secular students
Ambra Prescott was raised in an evangelical Christian household. But even as a child, she said, she questioned what her family believed. “I almost got kicked out of Sunday school multiple times for...
Congratulations to our new officers! Corey Embry and Steven Dora are our Co-Presidents, Killian MacFeely is Treasurer, Hannah Stalder is Secretary, and Sam Darko is our Compassion Consultant. We're looking forward to our best fall ever!
Big Fish and the Resurrection of Jesus
Last weekend, people all over the world celebrated Easter, a holiday which reminds us that we are all so very bad that a man had to be tortured and killed in our place…because apparently that’s what we deserved. Never mind if you think torture is wrong, or that the death penalty should be reserved…
Find out more about our new series from the student who is leading the project at saiu.org.
The Secular Alliance at Indiana University is a genuine student community. We don’t just explore issues using reason and questioning, as we also act on our secular humanist beliefs by helping others and supporting one another in times of need. Our group welcomes both religious and nonreligious peopl…
As we learn more about the physics of early organic reactions, we have more reasons to suspect claims that life is "too complex" or "it couldn't have happened." We may never know exactly how life began on this particular planet, but we will surely have a better understanding of possible—even probable—pathways.
Conditions there favor the generation of longer nucleic acid molecules.
Noticed some racism on a certain bridge on campus? We're banding together to be stronger than hate and forming a Progressive Coalition. Join the Feminist Student Association, Secular Alliance, SPROUTS, and SKY to paint over hateful messages on the Jordan bridge today at 3pm!
We need to be a part of a community to strengthen ourselves and those around us who share our values, and it just so happens an opportunity to be a part of an awesome group is coming up in an hour! Join the Bloomington Sunday Assembly at the Monroe Country Public Library in an hour at 1pm.
900 E 7th St, Rm 577
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