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Press Release: Secular Student Alliance Commends DNC, but Requests Apology


Columbus, OH

In the wake of the DNC email leak scandal, the Secular Student Alliance collected nearly 600 signatures to ask the Democratic National Committee to apologize for Brad Marshall’s email where he suggested to politically attack Bernie Sanders for his suspected atheism.

The Secular Student Alliance is the largest student-focused organization in the country representing atheist, agnostic, freethinkers, and otherwise identifying secular students across the country.

On Tuesday August 2nd, the Secular Student Alliance sent their signatures and a letter requesting that the Democratic National Committee apologize to atheists for Marshall’s email, and to affirm that atheists have a place in their political party.

On Marshall, Patrick Sean Barnacle, the Secular Student Alliance’s Associate Director stated, “We were happy to hear that this sort of political attack was found inexcusable by the organization, but the millions of atheists and other nonbelievers have never received a formal apology by the DNC. Those who identify as ‘no religion’ are the largest growing cohort in the United States. They deserve a place in both political parties.”


About the Secular Student Alliance:

The Secular Student Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that empowers secular students to proudly express their identity, build welcoming communities, promote secular values, and set a course for lifelong activism. We envision a future in which secular students lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, thrive as valued members of society, and provide visionary leadership committed to humanistic ideas and critical inquiry.
For more information contact:

P.S. Barnacle
Associate Director, Secular Student Alliance
614-441-9588 x 108

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