Petition to Facebook
Ask Facebook to change "Religious Views" to "Worldviews" in the About section
As an Atheist Humanist, I, as most people, have a lot to say when it comes to my worldview. However, my entire paradigm is void of religion. Religion doesn't factor into a single part of my worldview, yet I and the nonreligious are bombarded daily by religious posts and comments, religious legislation, religious stigmas, religious education limitations, religious relationship limitations, etc . . . I am sure there are many of you reading this right now that are already coming up with 5 more things that I didn't mention in that miniscule list. My, and Equality's plea is simple, please allow us to describe who we are, whether we have a religion or not, by asking us what our "Worldview" is, not what our "Religious views" are. Because honestly, when I share my views on religion it typically pisses people off. Isn't that kind of negative experience exactly the type of thing that Facebook is trying to move away from these days (per their advertising campaigns and CEO appearances)? As I continue to wrestle with the relationship that I have with Facebook and if I should I continue using their platform as a result of their intentional exploitation of it's users' information, I just can't ignore some of the things that still need to change before Facebook's platform can be welcoming to all people, not just those who identify with a religion. Thank you to Facebook and the worldwide community for being a part of this Change!
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Petition to Adventure Christian Church, Kuai Mu Institute for Christianity and World Cultures
Post the video of “The Great Debate”
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Update: We won! ACC has posted a response and the video! Original text follows: On October 12, 2013 Adventure Christian Church hosted a debate between Dr. David Marshall, founder of the Kuai Mu Institute for Christianity and World Cultures and Dr. Phil Zuckerman, Professor of Sociology at Pitzer College and author of numerous books on humanism and secularism. Titled "The Great Debate", the question at hand as “What provides a better foundation for civil society: Christianity or Secular Humanism?” Sounds interesting, right? Unfortunately, those of us not able to attend in person will never know since the church has apparently refused to post the video. This, despite promising both verbally and in writing to do so. This is unconscionable. The point of debate is to take on issues that are controversial, open the conversation, and digest the outcome. In the digital age it is possible for many people to participate in this form of intellectual pursuit by viewing debates like this even when they’re not able to attend. Today, online video is an important part of the conversation and the church is suppressing it. What’s more, Adventure Church has used their video presence to respond to several points from the debate in isolation. They’ve taken the time to record, edit, and upload 3 videos responding to particular arguments presented in the debate without posting the debate itself. The church is abusing their power as possessors of the video footage and transforming and open debate into a one-sided non-conversation. Let's ask the church to post the video so that all of us on both sides of the debate can watch, enjoy, and learn. Please sign and share, and keep sharing until the church posts the complete video on their Vimeo page as promised.