Richard Dawkins to Visit Georgia’s Kennesaw State University on November 21

Atheists of the South, rejoice! It’s not often we’re able to coax icons of the atheist movement to the thick strap of the Bible Belt. Fortunately for us, a group at Kennesaw State University, KSU Atheists United (who have had their campus flyers vandalized in the past), were able to get the funding to host An Evening With Richard Dawkins.

Only 600 tickets were made available, which seems like a relatively cozy audience with good odds of getting a word in with the Horseman during Q&A.

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“Graveyard of the Gods” in Texas Clearly Rubbed Someone the Wrong Way

Because it’s Halloween, a few campus atheist groups have been setting up a Graveyard of the Gods, reminding students that there are other deities besides their own who were once worshiped, believed in… and forgotten. And whatever Higher Power you believe in will eventually join those ranks. At Texas A&M University — Corpus Christi, the [Read More…]

Arkansas High School Where Principal Asked Colleagues to Become “Prayer Warriors” with Her Now Has an Atheist Club

The City Wire‘s Ryan Saylor writes about the Secular Student Alliance group at Van Buren High School in Arkansas — the first of its kind in the state:



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After School Newspaper Misrepresents Atheists, the Secular Students on Campus Finally Have Their Voices Heard

Earlier this year, the student newspaper at Ferris State University (in Michigan) published an opinion piece that featured this jab at atheists:

I’ve always found atheists to be a rather unfriendly lot of people, what with their unsolicited “science-based” tirades and my-way-or-the-highway attitudes towards the rest of the world.

However, when looking at the way their opposition usually behaves it’s not hard to understand the bitterness. Still, you’d think they’d want to be more welcoming considering they’re fighting a battle they can’t help but lose (and this writer hopes they do.)

It plays right into the already-nasty stereotypes about atheists and the writer never gives concrete examples of what he’s talking about. Hell, he makes it sound like religious people never think they’re right…

Anyway, what made the comments especially hurtful was that there’s a Secular Student Alliance group on campus and he never bothered to talk to them first.



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A Famous Pastor’s Son Becomes an Atheist and Explains the Power of Community

Bart Campolo grew up the son of a famous Christian pastor but, like Rachael Slick and many others, he turned out to be an atheist. In fact, he’s now the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California, a position that took some people by surprise.

When he told his father he didn’t believe in God anymore, the reaction also came as a bit of a shock:

Following the family dinner, Bart sat his parents down and explained that he was now an agnostic humanist. His father’s response was surprising.

“You know me. I am not afraid you’re going to hell because the God I believe in doesn’t send people to hell for eternity for having the wrong theology,” Tony responded, according to Bart. “I’m sad because Christianity is my tribe, and I liked having you in my tribe.”

At the Secular Student Alliance 2014 conference in Columbus, Ohio, Campolo shared his story and explained the power of building community:



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