For Immediate Release
Contact: Kelley Freeman, (614) 441-9588 x101
Atheist student questions presidential candidate about church-state separation
LAS VEGAS and COLUMBUS, Ohio - Student Daniel Little from the Secular Student Alliance at the College of Southern Nevada confronted presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton at a town hall meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 20, 2015, asking her current opinion on the separation of church and state.
“We love to see our students involved in the political process,” said August E. Brunsman IV, Executive Director of the Secular Student Alliance. “It’s great that they are raising awareness of the issues that are important to them and we’re extremely proud of Daniel for doing so.”
Little’s question referenced the seven states whose constitutions still bar atheists from holding public office, an issue that has been raised by Openly Secular, a coalition of which the Secular Student Alliance is a partner.
“I was really nervous about asking my question, but none of the political candidates really talk about us [atheists, agnostics, secular Americans]. I don’t really hear any representation or coverage that pertains to issues we care about, which is why I wanted to ask that to a potential president,” said Little.
According to a recent Pew Study, 53% of the country would be less likely to vote for a candidate if the candidate was an open atheist.
“It’s important for non-religious Americans to be out and visible. We live in a religious and socially pluralistic nation. Politicians have to pay attention to secular Americans as much as anyone else,” Brunsman continued.
The Secular Student Alliance is an organization that empowers secular students to proudly express their identity, build welcoming communities, promote secular values, and set a course for lifelong activism. Its support for grassroots organizing enables students to shape a future in which they thrive as valued members of society and provide visionary leadership committed to humanistic ideals and critical inquiry. The Secular Student Alliance is a 501(c)(3) and does not support or oppose candidates for public office. More information can be found at http://secularstudents.org and @SecularStudents on Twitter and Facebook.com/SecularStudents.
The clip in question can be listened to at http://bit.ly/ClintonSOCAS.
For more information contact:
Communications Associate, Secular Student Alliance
(614) 441-9588 x101