Secular Student Alliance Week 2013

I became involved in secular activism over a decade ago when I started a Secular Student Alliance chapter at my college. I later ran for and got elected to their Board of Directors and ended up chairing that board for several years. If I hadn’t gotten involved with them, I don’t think I would ever have started this website (or written any books).

The year I got involved with the SSA, we had under 50 college affiliates across the country. As I write this, there are around 400 chapters, including nearly 70 at the high school level. A number of campuses even run their own free conferences.

It’s just a staggering amount of growth in such a short time and we have to keep it going while the momentum is on our side.

Today marks the beginning of SSA Week 2013:

Even if you were never involved with a campus group, your donations will help all of those young atheists who think they’re the only ones who don’t believe in God at their schools.

And to top it off, any donations you make this week (including today) will be doubled thanks to a matching offer from Jeff Hawkins and Janet Strauss.

This is a no-brainer. Of all the groups I donate to, this is the one I prioritize. Helping students now means helping the entire movement in the future.

Please consider giving something to the Secular Student Alliance. You’ll be happy you did it.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Carl

    Just made a first-time donation, Hemant. I’m glad to support such a worthwhile cause for the future of atheism.

  • Neal G. Dunkleberg

    There’s a profound difference between something you know and something you merely believe. The American educational system, distorted as it is by the influence of religion, has failed for almost a century now to teach our children the skills of critical thinking. When those skills were taught, it was almost by accident! As part of the syllabus in public high schools students were taught classical Greek and Latin. Readings in those subjects included logic (from the Greek philosophers) and the means to apply that logic (by the Roman engineers). This in the days when only the elite experienced secondary education.

    The teacher bold enough to teach critical thinking skills today however, will soon be ‘corrected.’ Some little Johnny will stand up in Sunday school class and ask for objective evidence that a creator exists – then the feces and fan shake hands! First to the Pastor/Imam/Priest, then to the parents, then back to the teacher or some higher-up in the educational system. Very soon this competent teacher is seeking other employment.

    Gonna take a lotta push to change this. KEEP PUSHING!

  • Richard Wade

    My membership had just expired, so this is perfect timing to renew and upgrade. I’m proud to support the SSA, and I wish I could offer more than money.