The best damned group on campus since 1991!
Campus Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists (formerly Campus Atheists and Secular Humanists) is a registered student organization at the University of Minnesota. We strive to create a community for atheist, agnostic, humanist, and other freethinking individuals. Attendance and membership are open to the public and encouraged amongst students and the community, regardless of religious or political ascriptions.
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What We Do
CASH has a three-part mission statement:
Community – End the isolation experienced by nontheists by fostering a socially and intellectually engaging community.
Education – Advance the knowledge of the University community by contributing to the marketplace of ideas.
Advocacy– Promote tolerance and understanding; address negative stereotyping, misconceptions about, and discrimination against nontheists.
Why We Do It
The University of Minnesota’s sociology department found, in their “American Mosaic Project” survey, that atheists are America’s most distrusted minority. The study notes that the general trend of increasing tolerance of religious diversity does not extend to those with no religion. CASH provides a “safe harbor” for this often-overlooked minority. Many CASH members come to the U from small towns where the church is the center of community life and any critical discussion of faith is taboo; these people particularly value the community we create.
How We Do It
CASH co-sponsors panels, speakers, and workshops with a diverse array of faith groups on campus, including the Muslim Student Association (MSA), the Hindu Student Society (HSS), Mars Hill Students, Christian Believers On Campus (CBOC), Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC), the University Pagan Society, Hillel, the Interfaith Student Partnership, the Diamond Way Buddhist Meditation Group, Baha’i Association (BA), Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, University Unitarian Universalists, the Queer Student Cultural Center (QSCC), SHADE, al-Madinah Cultural Center, and MacLaurin CSF. Our co-sponsored events are aimed at promoting understanding and tolerance, encouraging dialogue about faith and reason, and educating the campus community about various worldviews. CASH also sponsors numerous lectures and other educational and social events of interest to the entire campus community. Topics include religion, culture, history, philosophy, science, and politics.