With help from the Secular Student Alliance — a national organization of more than 300 college-based clubs for freethinking students — high school atheists clubs are springing up across the country, the Religion News Service reports.
JT Eberhard, director of SSA’s high school program, says he hopes that both atheist and religious students having clubs will help foster a dialogue.
“I also hope it will let the atheist students know that you can be an atheist and its okay,” Eberhard told Religion News Service. “You are still a good person. We want to say: Here is a place where you can feel that.”
There were about a dozen clubs of this ilk at the beginning of the 2011-12 academic year — a number that increased to 39 in 17 states by the start of summer break. The clubs are student-led, and SSA only provides information and guidance upon a student’s request.
I really hope that I get the opportunity to see a SSA club start at the middle school I teach at.
(Source: The Huffington Post)