Last year, I began outlining a book that talked about the unique struggles of high school atheists. We hear so much about college groups and what they deal with, but only rarely do we hear about high school atheists and the obstacles they face: Coming out to your parents, dealing with religious administrators, overcoming the fear of isolation, trying to start an atheist group at school, taking those courage first steps away from your parents’ faith… [Read more...]
In the summer of 2009, I had an idea that I couldn’t get out of my head. I was a campus organizer for the Center for Inquiry On Campus at the time, and we were about to host dozens of secular college leaders from around the world for our annual summer leadership conference.
The students who came to the conference each held within them a personal story about how they had gotten there: perhaps their flight from dogma came through a moment of clarity late at night while reading a website analyzing the Bible; maybe they had experienced religiously-inspired misogyny or discrimination in their youth and chose to forge a new path; perhaps they had lived through years of their prayers going unanswered and had concluded that God does not exist. [Read more...]