Weekly update for Jan 26

We will discuss the ubiquity of prayer at our meeting on Thursday Jan 29 at 7pm in room 3219 of the Memorial Union. As many of you may have noticed, President Obama’s Inaugural Day began and ended with prayer. In his inaugural speech, President Obama said “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers” (USA Today). He also included at least one each Muslim, Jew, and Hindu in his prayer service (US News note the description of Rev. Sharon Watkins’s sermon). However, all four religious leaders who spoke at the Inauguration were Protestants (Beliefnet). What do you think about President Obama’s choices of words and religious speakers? What do you think about the number/type of prayers offered at the inaugural events? Does this say anything about our President, or about our society?

Sunday Feb 1 is another Sunday Brunch 11am in the Heritage room of the Union Drive Marketplace on campus. Brunch is all you can eat for $8.75 for students and non-students.

Please see the AAS Google Calendar for more upcoming events, such as seminars and workshops from the Wesley Foundation and the belated Winter Solstice Soiree from the Iowa Secularists.

We are getting ready to order AAS shirts for this semester. The shirts are light blue with “The ISU Atheist and Agnostic Society” on the front and “The deepest sin against the human mind is to beleive things without evidence. – Thomas H. Huxley” on the back (see the AAS shirt page for images). They are $15 each and help to fund AAS events. Please email isuaas at gmail dot com with your name, phone number, and shirt size no later than Monday 2 Feb so we can get the shirts ordered quickly. Apologies to those who already put in requests – we didn’t get enough requests to place an order, so you will need to resubmit your request.