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San Antonio AFA Discusses More than Just Religion


This article appeared in the SSA eMpirical No. 15 - Student Voice, Part I.

This article, by Derrick Treviño, is reprinted with permission from The Ranger, www.theranger.org.

Atheists, Freethinkers and Agnostics met Oct. 27 at a forum for religious and nonreligious people to express their views.

Many interesting facets were expressed during the meeting that opened the door for concerns of the separation of church and state.

Seven states, including Texas, have an old amendment that prohibits an atheist, or person not believing in God, to hold public office.

To run for public office, an application requesting religious affiliation is required. If atheism is answered, then the person is immediately disqualified.

"When people think of atheists, they think of a rabid anti-theist that wants to tear down organized religion," said business management freshman Eli Burton.

The group was started as a resource for expression by Hope Perez, a photography and history sophomore, and Luis Soto, a former student of this college and now a philosophy junior at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Soto felt a need for representation of the nonreligious as there are other religious groups for students.

Perez told those in attendance that roughly 10 percent of the population is atheists.

"Christians get persecuted also, but the difference between them and us is, we aren't trying to convert anybody," Perez said.

The group meets at 1:30 p.m. every Friday in Room 537 of Moody Learning Center. For more information, go to the Web site www.freethinking.sotoman.info.

This article appeared in the SSA eMpirical No. 15 - Student Voice, Part I.

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