Secular Student Alliance Urges Catholic Universities to Say Yes to Atheist Groups on Campus

The other day, the online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society posted about how Catholic universities should say no to atheist groups on campus.

I was frustrated by the piece because those groups do a lot for students at those schools. Among other things, they provide a safe space to question faith and encourage open discussion on religious matters. Cutting off atheist groups would probably do more to push people away from the faith than keeping them there.

Today, the Secular Student Alliance issued a press release (via email) urging Catholic schools to allow atheist groups to form:

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This is What the Secular Student Alliance Did for Me

This is a guest post written by Dave Churvis as part of Secular Students Week. Dave is Program Manager for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

I first got involved with Secular Student Alliance after transferring colleges.

When I arrived at my new home, Georgia State University, I knew that I wanted to find some fellow atheist students. I had heard of the SSA through Hemant’s blog, so I looked at the group’s website to see if there was already an affiliate at my school. There wasn’t, so I decided to form Secular Panthers, which later became Georgia State’s affiliate of the Secular Student Alliance.

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College Atheist Group Offers Secular Stoles for Graduating Members

The Students for Free-thought at the University of Michigan-Flint just did something I’ve never seen before: They created graduation stoles for their members to wear as they accept their diplomas:



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My Talk at Valparaiso is Sponsored by a Closeted Atheist Physician

Next Wednesday night, I’ll be giving a talk at Valparaiso University, and Jerry Davitch of the Post-Tribune did a nice write-up in anticipation of that event. The most interesting part, to me, is the bit about the person sponsoring the talk:



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Secular Students Attend Local Church Services for Fundraiser

The Secular Student Alliance at Clarion University (in Pennsylvania) took a hint from I Sold My Soul on eBay and held a fundraiser called “Send an Atheist to Church.”



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