Freethought Today · Vol. 27 No. 10 December 2010

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

Meet a (Pastafarian) member

Name: Andrew Cederdahl.
Where I live: Columbia, S.C.
Where and when I was born: Augusta, Ga., 1989.
Family: My mother and dad and my sister, Stephanie.
Education: I’m a senior political science major at the University of South Carolina.
How I got where I am today: I would not be where I am today without the love and support of my family and friends. My mother and father have always supported my ambitions, even if they had reservations about them or did not agree with them. I appreciate their unconditional love. The world needs more parents like them, parents who provide moral guidance while appreciating independence and creativity. These traits are the perfect ingredients for raising well-rounded, freethinking children into productive adults. I owe most of my success to them.
Where I’m headed: I am currently going through the law school application process. I hope to do public interest work for progressive nonprofit groups, including those that work for the separation of church and state.
Person in history I admire: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, because she was a firebrand who worked tirelessly for women’s rights despite the immense patriarchal sentiment of her time. Most importantly, she never compromised her principles, which were integral to building momentum for the passage of the 19th Amendment and the foundation for much of the modern feminist movements.
A quotation I like: “I’m not convinced that faith can move mountains, but I’ve seen what it can do to skyscrapers.” — Unknown
These are a few of my favorite things: Politics, diverse music, Net-flix, 1990s Nickelodeon cartoons like “Rocko’s Modern Life,” the philosophy of morality and ethics.
These are not: Fraternities, 9/11 truthers, New Age religion, chiropractors, political correctness.
How long I’ve been a freethinker: Six years.
Why I’m a freethinker: Because I’m concerned about truth and progress. The only justifiable approach to finding the truth and creating progress is with pure reason, as opposed to tradition, superstition and dogma.
Best way I promote freethought: I serve on the board of directors of the Secular Student Alliance. I started the USC Pastafarians. I also debate on topics such as “Is it ever rational to believe in miracles?”
Listen to his interview on Freethought Radio:
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