Secularist campus groups doubled in past two years
According to the Secular Student Alliance
Oct 20, 2009
The number of atheist or agnostic student groups on U.S. campuses has more than doubled in the past two years—from 80 to 162—according to the Secular Student Alliance (SSA), the national organization for the secular student movement.
PZ Myers, an outspoken atheist and associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota–Morris, suggested that the growth could be related to authors saying that it is OK to be “godless.”
Myers, who last year angered Catholics when he publicly tried to desecrate consecrated communion wafers, has a blog and often speaks at SSA-affiliate group meetings, where he urges students to go public about their unbelief and to foster a positive image.
Although SSA has four high school affiliates, most of the groups are on college campuses. Lyz Liddell, the alliance’s senior campus organizer, noted that college is a time when many people question their beliefs and break away from their religious background.