Atheist student clubs could gain foothold in public schools
Secular Student Alliance has 300 chapters on college campuses
Seventy-three students from diverse areas across the nation have requested SSA 'starter kits' since January of this year.
Student-led, SSA groups are growing. These clubs are relatively simple to set up and interest in secularism among young people is increasing. The SSA provides information and guidance to students and then organizes individual chapters. Religion News Service reports that these groups have grown from a dozen to 39 clubs in 17 states.
Seventy-three students from diverse areas across the nation have requested SSA "starter kits" since January of this year. According to the SSA web site, the kits include:
- A spiral-bound copy of our 70-page Group Running Guide - Additional materials on getting your group started - Neon flyers with contact information for your group - Thumbtacks to hang the flyers - Secular Student Alliance brochures, stickers and pens
"We create a page on our website dedicated to your school," J.T. Eberhard, the director of SSA's high school program. "This site will link to your Facebook group and e-mail address, as well as other pages on our site that offer information about who we are and what we can do for your group.
Eberhard believes that these clubs will be a positive experience for non-believing students. He also claims that they open up positive discussion avenues.
"The road behind the SSA is a rocky one. Staying organized with busy student schedules and a network spread all over North America has not been easy. But the first few years of the SSA's operations have demonstrated what the perseverance and tenacity of these students and their off-campus supporters can achieve," reads the group's official Web site.
"We are all deeply excited about the road ahead of us. It will hold its obstacles, but we are confident that we have the resolve to change the course of history."
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General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
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