High school non-theist groups are getting dedicated support from a national organization but their schools are flipping out. What does this mean for the future of atheism?
High school student Brian Lisco just wanted to form a student club. A senior at Stephen Austin High School in the Houston suburbs, Lisco wanted to meet with like-minded students; students who shared common interests, who could talk about ideas they found interesting, who could give one another support.
But his efforts were consistently thwarted by the administration at his high school. His requests to form a club were stalled for months, and obstacle after obstacle was put in his path.
Because the group he wanted to start was an atheist group.
His story is being repeated, with variations, around the country.
Thus begins my latest piece for AlterNet, High School Atheists Are Organizing — Why Are Schools Pushing Back? To find out more about the Secular Student Alliance’s new dedicated program to support high school atheist groups — and about the resistance these groups are meeting from high school administrators — read the rest of the piece. Enjoy!