Monday, August 29, 2005
And then I found Jesus
[IEOR dude Ananth Krishna]'s drift away from religion brought him to the only atheist student group on campus, Students for a Nonreligious Ethos. Krishna, now the co-president of the group, says the absence of religious rhetoric is a major draw for the group's nearly 700 members.
At meetings, all students, regardless of their religious affiliation, are welcome to participate in debates as long as religion doesn't make an appearance in their logic, Krishna says.
"You can go there knowing you're not going to be hit with religious dogma," he said. "Nothing is going to stop you from talking about, say, cloning, because it says so here, here and here in the Bible."
What an shame to IEOR folks everywhere. Creating a group to hide from religious rhetoric on a campus where it is almost never raised... I'd like to see the decision tree that justifies that effort.
"It's (students') first time away from home, so there are questions of ethnic identity, issues of sexuality," [sociologist Bill McKinney] says. "All have to do with understanding who they are and what they're doing on earth."
I dunno what goes through your mind when you're thinking about getting laid, but a sociologist seems to think I'm strange for not wondering about who I am and what I'm doing on earth. Or Earth, for those of us who engage in the use of proper nouns. But what are proper nouns doing on Earth? And do they think about it when they want to get it on with, say, adjectives?
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