SSA affiliates and members are doing awesome stuff on their campus all the time. We brag about their work here on our website through the Brag It Up series. If you or your affiliate group has done something awesome, Brag It Up!
Street preachers can seem ubiquitous on college campuses. It can be difficult to know how to respond to them because and they often show up without warning (although some do publish their schedules on their websites). Despite this, our affiliate groups can and do take advantage of their presence on campus, and often in really creative ways; we see everything from street-preacher bingo to counter preaching!
The Secular Student Alliance offers a lot of resources and options on how to counteract the hate these preachers spew. Not only can our affiliate groups neutralize the effect they have, but can often also turn it around into getting their group positive attention on campus and even draw new members!
Our affiliate group at Iowa State, the Atheist and Agnostic Society, turned a campus preacher into a positive for their group. The have an Ask an Atheist table every week, and on September 25, when an evangelist preacher set up in front of their campus library to preach, the Atheist and Agnostic Society (along with their campus LGBT group) countered the preacher with signs, singing, hugs, and so much more!
“We were able to successfully make it clear that the narrow, exclusive, and hateful rhetoric that Mr. Short represents is NOT a common opinion on Iowa State's Campus,” said Christjahn Beck, president of ISU’s Atheist and Agnostic Society.