Why More Graduate Schools Need Secular Student Groups

When I first become involved with the atheist movement, it was during college — the age when a lot of people I know first became activists. When I joined the board of the Secular Student Alliance, one of our main goals was to establish more groups on college campuses. We had fewer than 50 affiliated groups at the time.

While the organization’s mission has since changed (it’s now more focused on the quality of groups rather than merely quantity), that initial goal has been realized many times over. There are now more than 300 groups across the country:

It made perfect sense to want to create groups on college campuses. That was the age when students were more likely to want to meet/date/hang out with other atheists, they had the opportunity to get money from their school for their events, and they were really able to think critically about their own beliefs (without parental interference).

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College Atheists Push Back Against Hateful Christian Preacher in Very Clever Ways

Brother Jed Smock, the notorious campus preacher who spouts fire and brimstone wherever he goes, made a visit to Boise State University in Idaho this week — and the campus’ Secular Student Alliance was ready for him.

They made their “Bigot Bingo!” cards (complete with a square marked “So-whore-ity sisters”):

They had a board where students could check whether they considered Smock’s diatribe hate speech or not:

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MIT Secular Students Successfully Lead Charge for Non-Religious Invocations at Graduation

On Friday, students at MIT received an email letting them know that their graduation ceremonies would no longer have a religious invocation:



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This Clever Shirt Features an Acceptable Use of the Term “YOLO”

Here’s an opportunity to help a Secular Student Alliance affiliate raise some money while getting a reward of your own :)

The Secular Student Alliance at Old Dominion University (in Virginia) is fundraising by selling t-shirts online. The front of the shirt has a phrase that we all know and love…

… but I think that SSAODU gets a pass on using this decade’s most cringeworthy catchphrase because the back of the shirt is just so darn clever!

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This High School Principal Initially Rejected an Atheist Club, but He Deserves Praise for How He Handled the Situation

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: A high school student wants to form an atheist club. The administration tells him no.

Often, this ends in one of two ways: The student backs down, not wanting to get in any trouble, or the student informs a group like the Secular Student Alliance and it begins a long drawn-out battle (see: Pisgah High School).

But at Central High School in Aberdeen, South Dakota, there was a happy ending.

Adam, a student at the school, was told by Principal Jason Uttermark a few weeks ago that he couldn’t form an atheist club because the district had a policy against allowing any sort of religious club. After Adam informed the SSA about this, they contacted the principal:

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