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Chris Stedman at University of Florida (Presented by Gator Freethought)


In April 2013, Gator Freethought at University of Florida was able to host Chris Stedman thanks to the Speakers Bureau from the national SSA. This article summarizes the experiences of that event for the group.

Chris Stedman, author of the book Faitheist, visited our campus last month to talk about the intersection of religion, non-religion, and the LGBTQ community. During his overnight visit, he spent an entire day on the University of Florida campus discussing religious privilege and some common blights of the LGBTQ community and the non-religious community at large. The morning event consisted of an open, round-table discussion where students, faculty, staff, and visitors could come and talk freely with Chris and the other participants. Later that evening, he gave a small talk, followed by a Q and A session about his religious experiences and sexuality, hitting on some key points and ideas from his book.

In Response to Mounting Violations, National Orgs Vow to Protect Atheist Students' Rights


Younger Americans -- increasingly nonreligious and not shy about it -- are about to have new support in speaking out against intrusions of religion in their educational environment. The Secular Student Alliance, an organization devoted to empowering nonreligious students, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting state-church separation and freethought, announced a joint initiative today to connect students with legal assistance when their rights are violated.

"No student should ever be subjected to religious discrimination from their school, but they don't always know where to turn for help," said Andrew Seidel, a staff attorney with the Freedom From Religion Foundation. "With today's partnership, we're telling students that when push comes to shove, we have their backs." 

A Second Religious High School Forms an SSA


Have you heard of The Westminster Schools? It's “a Christian, independent day school for boys and girls which seeks to develop the whole person for college and for life through excellent education" based in Georgia.  Their school motto is "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."

Well, as of this month, they also have a Secular Student Alliance on campus!

Westminster Schools SealHow did secular students at Westminster Schools convince the administrators to allow a group?  Student leaders Caroline Oelkers and Aaron Smith tailored their proposal to the school's climate:

Members of Tarrant County College - North East Campus Secular Student Alliance Brag It Up!


SSA affiliates and members are doing awesome stuff on their campus all the time. We brag about their work here on our website through the Brag It Up series. If you or your affiliate group has done something awesome, Brag It Up!


Tarrant County College North East - Secular Student Alliance was able to set up four local speakers for their meetings, and one for Darwin Day free of cost. They had speakers come talk about raising gender-conscious freethinkers, community building, misconceptions about non-believers and neuro-science. Their Darwin Day event featured the paleontologist in charge of a local Archosaur dig site. Over 100 students came for this speaker.


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