Last night I gave my talk about the Creation Museum. The highlight was making PZ jealous because I had crazier creationists in the audience asking me questions. Despite the talk being full of the mind numbing garbage the “museum” promotes, I try to end on a high note. What can we do to fight these ignorance spreading groups when they’re so organized and well-funded?
We need to become organized and well-funded ourselves.
There are plenty of worthy secular organizations out there, but I’m going to be biased and promote my favorite – the Secular Student Alliance. It’s easy to say something like “Students are the future.” People are more likely to change their minds about religion before they become set in their ways, have children, and all that jazz. And the young leaders we train will likely go on to other important leadership roles, both inside and outside of the movement.
But students aren’t just the future. Students are the present.
We have over 300 college and high school affiliate groups across the US. Each of those is its own grassroots community, working to promote the ideals of scientific and critical inquiry, secularism, and human-based ethics. Our students are challenging unconstitutional religious legislation, creationism in their schools, and negative stereotypes about atheists. I know when I founded my SSA affiliate group at Purdue, it created a community where I finally felt comfortable talking about my atheism – it was an oasis in a sea of oppressive Christianity. And that’s why I’m now Vice Chair for the Board of Directors of the SSA. I’m happy to volunteer my time to help these student groups flourish.
If you want to help secular students across the country, please consider donating to the Secular Student Alliance today. And if you need even more motivation, there’s currently a $250,000 matching offer going on. That means any donation you make is effectively doubled!
We can win the battle against the Creation Museums, Focus on the Families, and Rick Santorums of the world.
PS: You could also start running for office – even if it’s piddly positions like Town Dog Catcher. We need to start being an active part of the political process, and I don’t mean just writing letters. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it – those of you who were at the pub celebration after the event know why. Thankfully I have 11 whole years to come up with my presidential campaign slogan and running mate.