Thursday, February 19, 2009

Winter Cruise Outreach Event

"Winter Cruise" is ETSU's name for an annual event where student organizations have informational booths, fundraisers, and general fun. The Atheist and Freethought Club had a booth giving away pamphlets and candy and was quite successful. We had several people show interest in the club, and we had one Christian argue with us (I would have liked to have had more). We got a few strange looks, too, but we had a lot of fun.

Our posters:





Note: We later realized the Treaty of Tripoli quote was inaccurate and changed it.


Our finished booth:






9 comments:

Ian Andreas Miller said...

Oh, I love it! I wish I could sit with you and take part.

Philo said...

It was a nice display; I'm glad it paid off. The really important thing is that people showed interest in the club; hopefully you'll get a few new memebers. But it's also nice to have a chance to argue with a Christian!

Cephus said...

Sorry, my only argument would be against your definition of agnosticism. *NOBODY* has any knowledge of gods, no matter what the loony theists might claim. In order to claim knowledge, you must have some objective basis to make that claim. Since no one has any objective evidence either for or against a deity, nobody can ever rationally make that claim. In that case, the entire plant is made up of agnostics and the word loses all meaning.

Philo said...

I think Cephus is right, although my reasons are a bit different. Knowing a person entails that the person exists. You simply can't know Santa, because there is no Santa. No matter how strongly you believe Santa exists, and however sure you are that you know what he's like, you don't know him. Same thing goes with god. And that means everyone's an agnostic, according to the definition on the poster.

But I don't want to be nit-picky, and I'm open to refutation!

oddinnuendo said...

I would LOVE to do this! I really wish I went to uni now...

I love the signage! Looks awesome.

gruntled atheist said...

Looks like a great time was had by all. Congratulations. Is that East Tennessee State University?

Microbiologychick said...

Yes, it's ETSU.

gruntled atheist said...

Thanks, Microbiologychick, for confirming. I live in the Cookeville area but my son went to medical school at ETSU. Nice campus, nice area, and looks like you have a nice group going. Good luck and have fun! I am a grandpa now so I won't bore you youngsters with comments anymore but I will read from time to time if that's ok.

C Woods said...

I wish I had a club like this when I was young. I had to search out atheist reading materials on my own (libraries didn't carry much back then) and only found a local Freethought group when I was about 35. Keep up the good work.

Please check out My Thoughts Are Free blog, too. I will add a link to yours on my lengthy list of Freethought Resources. http://tirelesswing.blogspot.com/

On 3/13/09 I will be posting information on the April 2009 event of "Blog Against Theocracy." I hope you can participate.