Thoughts for Atheists at Graduation

The following piece was written by Edwin Kagin for American Atheists Magazine (May/June 2008). Edwin serves as both the National Legal Director for American Atheists as well as the Kentucky State Director for AA. (I broke the piece up into several paragraphs for slightly easier reading — the original consisted of two long ones.) Good [Read More...]

Moment of Silence Irony in Action

Illinois schools used to allow teachers to observe a moment of silence if they chose. Not many teachers did this. Probably because it’s just a waste of time. State Senator Kimberly Lightford didn’t like the idea of teachers deciding what’s best for their classrooms, so she sponsored a bill to make the moment of silence [Read More...]

Tips for Students Wanting to Start a High School Freethought Group

It is the end of the school year, but high school students wishing to start an atheist group next year may want to start thinking about it this summer. Stephanie Kirmer, who ran a high school freethought group in Kansas (Kansas!), offers some advice to these activist students: Another problem you may run into is [Read More...]

High School Principal Quits Over Gay/Straight Alliance Group

I don’t know whether to be angry or not. Eddie Walker, principal at Irmo High School in South Carolina, is resigning at the end of the next school year. Why? Because a Gay/Straight Alliance group is being allowed to form at his school and he can’t deal with it. In a letter sent to the [Read More...]

High School Freethought Groups

High school freethought groups are so important in helping young people develop their skills in critical thinking. It’s one of the first places you can openly talk to other people about your atheism. It’s also tougher than starting a group in college, when you’re likely to have a few more like-minded people around you. Lucia [Read More...]