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SSA eNews No. 14 - Challenges & Opportunities

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Secular Student eNews
11/09/2006

In this issue:


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Answers in Genesis www.answersingenesis.com offers a $50,000 scholarship to Virginia's prestigious Bible-based Liberty University. All you have to do is research the website's articles and latest book, and prove evolution wrong! Check out the contest at www.answersingenesis.org

Philip Paulson, an atheist and Vietnam veteran, died this month while still fighting to remove a Christian cross on government land overlooking San Diego. Read the L.A. Times article here.

Check out Jesus Camp, the incendiary documentary about evangelical summer camp. These children pray, exorcise, and are indoctrinated with pious predilections.

Joe Foley ca. 2006
Joe Foley has just been elected to the Secular Student Alliance's Board of Directors and will be our new Treasurer. Welcome Joe!

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SSA chair Hemant Mehta writes about atheist issues on his blog, the Friendly Atheist. User comments are welcome and suggestions are always appreciated. Visit the site at www.friendlyatheist.com.

Meet us on Myspace! The SSA invites you to join the other 387 Freethinking students and secular activist groups to become our Myspace friends. Our page includes our eNews blog, pictures of our affiliate students around the country, and some of our most supportive secular organizations. Check us out, send a message, post a comment, and become our friend!
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eNews Team

Editor In Chief: Lyz Liddell

Editors: Campus Organizer, August E. Brunsman IV, Nic Hall, Hemant Mehta, Jessica Sharon

Introduction

We're speaking out and causing a stir!

Freethinkers are in the limelight this month. This months eNews addresses how we secularists are raising our voices and reaching new ears. Check out freethinking philosopher, historian, and author Richard Carrier's new blog, and watch some of the most popular videos on YouTube covering atheist issues and sentiments (our interview with the creator of one of these videos is below)!

Also, we bring your attention to some great secular opportunities: a humanist internship, a great web resource, a holiday art contest, and a scholarship for disproving science!

We love to hear your feedback. Please send us comments at [email protected]. If you'd like to write an article for an upcoming issue, please email us as well. We hope you enjoy the issue.

SSA & Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard Joint Conference



Save the dates: April 19-22, 2007! The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard has graciously invited the Secular Student Alliance to hold its annual conference as part of the Chaplaincy's 30th anniversary gala and symposium. Speakers will include notables such as Salman Rushdie, Amartya Sen, E.O. Wilson, Steven Pinker, Humanist Philanthropist Louis Appignani, Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine, Lori Lipman Brown, Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr., and Ambassador Carl Coon.

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Welcome New Affiliates!


We're growing every day! Since the release of the last eNews, the Secular Student Alliance has added four campus groups to our official count. Please join me in welcoming the following new affiliates!

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One of the most popular videos on YouTube.com is titled 'Atheist' and was created by Canadian film student Zachery Kroger. This popular video has been featured on many media channels and has been rated as one of the most discussed videos on YouTube. The SSA's Campus Organizer interviews the creator about his simple but powerful film. You can see and discuss the video on our website.


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Religious Attitude, Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part account. The author wishes to remain anonymous. You can read the first part of the account in the SSA eNews No. 13 - Odds & Ends.

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Joe Dixon is a New York-based comedian who has appeared on Infidel Guy Radio and at presentations across the nation. Listen to the SSA's podcast interview with Joe at http://www.secularstudents.org/node/472. Here, he explores some of the reasons he's an atheist…or at least, some of the reason's he's not Christian!

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Group Spotlight: Raiders for Rationalism

What are SSA affiliates up to? Here is a look towards Raiders for Rationalism at Middle Tennessee State University, led by president Levi Collins. Article by.

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KU's SOMA wins SSA Best Affiliate Award

SOMA
In a Best Affiliate, we are looking for a strong sense of community, having multiple events, and excelling in the areas of the other Best awards, namely, Best Service, Best Website, and Best Media. I hope you will join me in congratulating the winners of the 2006 Best Affiliate Award, the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics at Kansas University!

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Philosopedia - The Readable Source for All Things Philosophy

Philosopedia logo
All SSA students should know about PHILOSOPEDIA, the free online encyclopedia. A great source for information on famous philosophers of history, it's also a reference for modern freethinkers, humanists, novelists, and more.

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Freethinkers: Celebrate the Holidays with Art!


CALLING ALL HUMANISTS, ATHEISTS, AGNOSTICS, AND OTHER FREETHINKERS: What do we have to celebrate this holiday season? What do you hope for in the future? HumanLight (www.humanlight.org) is hosting a HumanLight card and ornament design contest for secularists of all ages as a way to positively answer these questions and more with artistic expression.

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Lost: Amazing Scientific Achievements of the Ancient World

Antikythera Machine

The Antikythera Machine--a 1st century BC computer used to calculate the future positions of the sun and the moon--gives us hints about where we might be had science been as valued as revelation by certain Christian scribes.



Job Announcement: Seeking Paid Intern(s) for Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University


The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University is seeking one or more part-time paid interns to assist the Chaplain and the Board of Directors with alumni relations and development. Sound like a job for you?

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