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Texas High School Relents, Allows Atheist Club After Lawsuit Threats

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Austin, TX - After a contentious six-month struggle narrowly avoiding a lawsuit, James Bowie High School has decided to allow senior Nick Montana to form his club. The group in question? A secular student alliance, which would provide a community for nonreligious teens. Principal Stephen Kane had repeatedly refused to approve the group at his school, but school attorneys ordered him to relent after Montana reached out to two national secular nonprofits, the Secular Student Alliance and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The organizations declared the school's change of course a victory for atheist equality.

"We're thrilled that Nick gets justice, but it shouldn't be controversial for atheists to want to form communities of their own," said Jesse Galef, spokesperson for the national Secular Student Alliance. "America's youth is becoming less and less religious, and we're ready for some friction as society comes to terms with that."

NPR Featured One of Our Student Leaders!

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Dear Friends,

Earlier this month, NPR interviewed Daniel Muñoz, one of our student leaders at the University of Texas, for a feature segment on leaving religion. As the SSA's Regional Campus Organizer for Texas, I wanted to pass along Daniel's thoughts on not only growing beyond faith but also growing a secular community. Daniel's parents raised him Catholic, but at fourteen his growing understanding of science and philosophy led Daniel to reconsider the beliefs of his parents.

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Daniel at a counter-protest with his group at the University of Texas

Being able to find a secular community, both in-person and on the internet, greatly helped Daniel as he came out as a non-believer. As Daniel noted in the interview, “people my age feel so much differently about atheism than they used to because you can go onto the internet, you can hear what atheist thinkers have to say, you can be involved in a virtual community, you can see that we don’t have horns: we’re not crazy.”

As more and more Americans come out as secular, societal attitudes about atheism are shifting, especially among young people. Daniel shared that he and many of his peers don’t need to have any sort of relationship with a god, though he sees some value in parts of religion, such as the community. However, when it comes to forming his own morality, Daniel has a different view on religions’ value.

Dr. Sarah Strand speaks with Sacramento State University about Neurobiology and Religion

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The Secular Student Alliance at Sacramento State University brought in Dr. Sarah Strand to talk with them about "The Neurobiology of Religious Experience." Dr. Strand's presentation included discussions of how to induce an out-of-body experience and why people feel a sense of peace and connection (often interpreted as religiously significant) when they have an out-of-body experience.

However, as Dr. Strand explained, out-of-body experiences aren't evidence of a spiritual world. Because these experiences tend to induce a strong sense of pleasure, they instead provide the illusion of an invisible friend in a  world beyond our own, with religious meaning latching onto human characteristics developed earlier in our evolutionary history.

Campus Paper Reserves Column for Secular Students!

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gwgA year and a half ago at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the campus newspaper granted column space to the priest of the campus's Catholic Church. Scott C. Broussard, who was one of the leaders of UL-Lafayette’s Secular Student Alliance, didn’t think it was right that only a religious group had access to this public forum.

So, he requested—and was granted!—an adjacent column! Titled "Good Without God," the group has kept the column going since Scott started it. Covering topics from dismissing the notion that atheists are evil to what it was like to grow up godless, the column has helped to both grow their community and to normalize non-belief on UL-Lafayette’s campus.

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