"Organization promotes freethinking"

September 25, 2009 at 8:08 pm (MiSFiTS)

From http://www.thenews.org/features/orga…king-1.1914096:

By Jess Nall Staff writer
Published: Thursday, September 24, 2009

Updated: Thursday, September 24, 2009

William Zingrone, assistant professor of psychology, started the Free-Thinker Society.

A new campus organization promises to give students a forum to explore and even question their religious beliefs.
Known as The Free-Thinker Society, the club was developed by William Zingrone, assistant professor of psychology.
“The purpose of the society is to promote the idea of reason in everyday thinking versus unquestioned acceptance of religious dogma,” Zingrone said.
The Free-Thinker Society is perhaps the first secular campus group in Kentucky, Zingrone said.
He said more than 150 free thinking campus organizations are affiliated with the Secular Student Alliance and he plans to make Murray State one of them.
“On most campuses in the U.S., the secular population is grossly underrepresented,” Zingrone said. “There are usually many religious organizations and often none or one secular group.”
The society is open to everyone, atheists, agnostics, people of faith and everyone in between, he said.
“We just want to provide a forum for those people to come and talk about what they are thinking, questioning,” Zingrone said.
Zingrone was part of the Free-Thinker Society while at Northern Illinois University and he said the group had great success.
“We never had any negative response and we were involved with one of the religious organizations on campus,” Zingrone said. “Their members would come to our meetings and we would go to theirs.”
Charles Wentling, junior from Louisville, Ky., is the vice president of the Free-Thinker Society.
Wentling said he thinks students should take advantage of the opportunity to broaden their horizons. “We have a lot of religious organizations on campus, why not have a nonreligious one as well?” Wentling said. “I wanted to interact with people who thought like I do.”
During the first meeting, the group elected officers, discussed possible events and brainstormed ways to promote the group. They also elected Zingrone and Ian Norris, psychology professor, as faculty advisers.
The society will have their next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Wells Hall room 317.

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