The Secular Student Alliance just hit the front page of Reddit with a request to have people join their Facebook group, in an effort to outdo the Campus Crusade for Christ. Prior to going frontpage, it was the highest voted in the Atheism subreddit, but immediately upon hitting the front page, the religious Redditors have been hammering it with downvotes which threatens to bury it outright, even on the subreddit.
If you have a Reddit account, I strongly encourage you hit that first link and upvote that post, to buffer some of the pushback this simple request is getting, and stop this request from getting buried outright. Reddit’s a (slightly problematic) democracy, and like a democracy, it’s important to get out the votes. Especially when some people are so defensive of their worldviews that they’re willing to build scripts and bots to bury things they personally don’t like. I’m not saying this is necessarily happening here, but it’s happened very often on Youtube, so it’s well possible someone’s stuffing the ballot boxes.
Update via JT Eberhard:
Here is the matching challenge!
org/20kmatch<—– This. Make this happen.
Details: becoming an annual member of the SSA ($35 for adults, $10 for students) counts as a donation. We’re trying to ride the more than double popularity we’ve achieved in the last 10 hours and hope to fill this match within the week.
Thank all of you so much for all the help and for essentially letting us hijack your blogs today!
Important things to put in the post:
1. Encourage people to like the SSA facebook page. We want more likes than Campus Crusade for Christ (or CRU as they are now called), the biggest college Christian org.
2. Encourage people to upvote the reddit post so we keep the influx of new traffic.
3. Encourage them to throw something in the coffers of the SSA either by joining as a member (they can be young, old, green, purple, doesn’t matter) or by donating. In order to support this generation of atheist activists we need the support of the previous generation. Wish there had been an SSA at your school? Here’s the chance to make it happen for someone else.
4. We have grown in # of affiliates 31% over last year, the high school program has more than doubled in ten months. We’re presently on 314 campuses. We rule. :P
Thank you guys so much!!!