Lyz Liddell on the young atheist movement

My boss, Lyz Liddell, has written a guest post for Skeptic Money on the young atheist movement.  If you’ve ever trusted me on anything, trust me now when I say you need to drop whatever it is you’re doing and go read it.  It will renew your hope for the future.

Here’s my favorite part.

The Big Comparison: Cru v. SSA
Let’s talk about culture wars.  In a lot of ways, Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) is the cultural competition for the SSA.  We have similar organizational models and we’re both based around a worldview.  So let’s take a look at how we’re doing:

Annual Budget:


It’s clear that Cru has the lead on funding.  And that helps them in a lot of other ways, including this one:

While Cru has the cash to fund three staff members per campus group, the SSA is running at about 33 groups per staffer.  Both take into account the supporting staff at the national level.  A rough guess of campus organizers to groups is that Cru has about 1:1, while the SSA is running at about 78 groups per campus organizer.  Oof!

But here’s the bottom line:

Cru has a massively larger budget, the majority of the U.S. population to draw from (76% Christian), an organized political voting bloc to give them politicians and laws and supreme court justices in their favor.  But they are losing in the cultural war.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.