Secular Student Alliance

The mission of the Secular Student Alliance is to organize, unite, educate, and serve students and student communities that promote the ideals of scientific and critical inquiry, democracy, secularism, and human-based ethics. They envision a future in which nontheistic students are respected voices in public discourse and vital partners in the secular movement’s charge against irrationality and dogma.

The Secular Student Alliance is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit. They work to organize and empower nonreligious students around the country. Their primary goal is to foster successful grassroots campus groups which provide a welcoming community for secular students to discuss their views and promote their secular values.

They support their affiliates in a variety of ways, including supplying literature and outreach supplies, group-running guides, hands-on assistance, discounted access to prominent speakers, and monetary project grants.

For individual students, they cooperate with other national nontheistic organizations to get discounted students rates for large events and provide travel grants to help the students attend. They hold regional summits and a national conference each year to give students leadership training and the opportunity to network and problem-solve with their peers.

The Secular Student Alliance devotes the majority of its resources to supporting its affiliate groups. They only offer this support to groups that further our mission. They have developed a set of standards to help campus groups determine if they should seek affiliation with them.

The SSA is an amazing group. I hope all atheist/agnostic students will join! Check out their website to see if there is a chapter group near you! And if they isn’t, you can start one!

An SSA member ship is free for students (Although donations are much appreciated) and they’ll even send you a membership card for free!

The SSA Annual Conference is coming up in just a few months! With 2 locations (Las Vegas, Nevada and Columbus, Ohio)! I am attending for the first time this year in Columbus and I am very excited!

Check out their website for full details! There’s tons of cool stuff for you to see!

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Separation of Church and State

The Separation of Church and State. It is a concept as old as the United States. In my opinion this concept is just as important as the freedoms guaranteed to us in the First Amendment. Religion has absolutely no part in our public schools.

One thing that really makes me mad is when people want to “teach the controversy”. I hate this argument. Why on Earth would be teach kids about something we know is wrong? We teach them evolution because we know it’s right. So why would we teach them, for example, the fairy tales from Genesis? We shouldn’t “teach the controversy” because the religious side of the “controversy” is dead wrong

Maybe if there were factual evidence to support the wild myths in Genisis we would “teach the controversy”. But there isn’t. In fact the scientific side of the “controversy” proves that these fairy tales are completely wrong! So we should continue to only teach evolution. Because it’s fact

And another reason why we shouldn’t “teach the controversy” in public schools, is because religion has absolutely no place in public schools. That is why we have separation of Church and State! That is why we have the Establishment Clause! Now sure, the First Amendment guarantees Freedom of Religion. But that also mean we have freedom from religion. I don’t care what screwed up religion you practice, but keep it to yourself. Keep it in the privacy of your home and place of worship. Do not bring it into my public schools. Not everyone believes in your fucked up religion! So keep it the hell out of public schools! 

We teach facts in school. Not fairy tales (Unless you happen to major in mythology in college hahaha). Public schools are a place for knowledge, intelligence, and facts. Religion hates knowledge, intelligence, and above all, FACTS

So enough of my rant, let me ask you, what do you think about “teaching the controversy”?

Freethought Today

“Freethought Today” is the newspaper from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. If you are an atheist or agnostic, you definitely want to read this newspaper. It appeals to atheists of all kinds!

It is a monthly newspaper printed by the FFRF. By becoming a member of the organization, you earn yourself a subscription to the newspaper. The annual membership fee is $40 (Or $25 if you have a valid student I.D.) I highly suggest this newspaper to all atheists and agnostics.

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The front page of an old “Freethought Today” issue.

In the recent March 2013, the front page article was about a middle school in Jackson, Ohio where there was a picture of Jesus hanging above an entrance way. The FFRF filed a law suit to get the picture taken down. 

It makes me very happy to see organizations such as the FFRF fighting to maintain the separation of church and state. We wouldn’t advance if the line separating church and state were not there. But I will talk more about this in my next post.

In Conversation with Richard Dawkins – Hosted by Stephen Law

Professor Richard Dawkins in conversation with Dr Stephen Law, senior lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London, discussing the major issues of importance to humanists and atheists at a time when opposition to rationalist thought appears to be on the rise. Filmed at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, on Friday 15th February 2013.

If you like Richard Dawkins, you will enjoy this.

FFRF’s “Out of the Closet” campaign

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a campaign to encourage atheists to “come out of the closest” publicly and announce their atheism. I think this is a great idea from the FFRF.

There are a lot of atheists who are afraid to publicly admit that they are atheists (agnostics too). The FFRF wants these freethinkers to come out and announce it!

FFRF, the largest atheist/agnostic association in the United States, debuted an “Out of the Closet” personalized public relations campaign last fall featuring real nonbelievers, their views and their faces on bus signs and billboards.

They are asking you to create a billboard with your picture and a quote. A winner will be chosen to be an actual billboard.

I believe everyone to check out this site! If you are “In the Closet” about your atheism, I encourage you to create one of these billboards. If you have already “come out”, then please pass the word on to a friend who hasn’t. This is a marvelous campaign. Help spread the word about it and the Freedom From Religion Foundation!

Click here to create your own billboard!

Here is the template for a "Virtual Billboard"

Here is the template for the “Virtual Billboard”

Richard Dawkins vs. Creationist Wendy Wright

So I was recently watching a YouTube video of Richard Dawkins having a friendly debate with creationist Wendy Wright. As I started watching, Wendy seemed like a very intelligent woman. But as the video progressed, it became apparent that she was anything but intelligent. She rejected scientific fact as Richard threw it at her.

At one point she said something along the lines of “…there are no intermediary species that prove humans evolved from apes…” and immediately Richard pointed out four intermediary species that prove we evolved from apes. She simply disregarded these irrefutable facts and proceeded to change the topic.

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I could not believe the amount of ignorance them seemed to radiate from Wendy Wright. How this lady ever became a CEO is beyond me. I am surprised she even graduated from elementary school.

Here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia article on her:

“Wright was interviewed by evolutionary biologistRichard Dawkins for his 2008 program The Genius of Charles Darwin, in the episode entitled “God Strikes Back”. In the interview, she states that no transitional forms have been found between different animal groups(naming specifically birds and mammals, although biologists do not claim that mammals are descended from birds). During the interview she requested “overwhelming evidence” while simultaneously ignoring the evidence evolutionary biologists provide. Dawkins named several examples and asked her to visit any museum to see the evidence, but she held her position that they were mostly illustrations of things that don’t exist.”

I highly suggest watching this video (The one I watched is actually 7 parts of around 10 minutes each). Not only can you see how amazing Richard Dawkins is, you will also get a good laugh out of the ignorance and stupidity that emanates from Wendy Wright.