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RELEASE: Atheist Students Organize at Generic University

11/18/2008
For Release: Immediately Upon Receipt
Contact: Student Name, ###-###-####, [email protected]

Atheist Generic Students Form Secular Alliance

GENERIC, ST - Atheist students at Generic University are banding together to form a campus group without God.

"Generic University has 17 groups for religious students, but none for nonbelievers. That is going to change," says Student Name, president of the fledgling club.

Name registered the Generic Secular Students as an official student organization on 11/15/08. It is the first specifically non-theist group to exist on Generic's campus, with goals including education, community service, political activism and social community for its members. Name says the group will provide a haven for those students who feel isolated by their lack of belief in a higher being.

"Religious students have some kind of support community that comes with their belief, through a church or temple or similar group. We hope to provide that support for atheists on Generic's campus," said Name.

There are 24 members currently active in the group, and Name says she receives more inquiries almost every day.

"There are definitely atheists out there. I look forward to showing Generic University and Generictown that we are here, and that we are perfectly good, normal people even though we don't believe in a god," said Philosophy Major, a third-year philosophy major and vice-president of GSS.

Major attributes the group's rapid growth and success in part to help from the Secular Student Alliance, a national non-profit organization that supports nontheist student groups. "They sent us flyers, a Group Running Guide, and a bunch of materials to help get our group started. It's made a huge difference," Major said.

The Generic Secular Students meet on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Blank Room of the Student Union. Meetings are free and open to the public.

To find out more about the new group, visit www.genericsecularists.com. For information on the Secular Student Alliance, visit http://www.secularstudents.org

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