Not only does Louisiana Tech University now have a Secular Student Alliance affiliate group on campus, I think it’s pretty nifty to say it was founded by two women, Hollin Vicedomini and Rachael Drella.
An article by Meredith Maines in the student-run campus newspaper describes why the girls founded it:
“Basically, I went to Diversity Day and saw there was not a group for secular students,” Vicedomini said. “I felt there was a need for [a secular group] on campus since [secular students] did not have a place they could turn to.”
Of course, the student population welcomed the group with open arms…:
Vicedomini said she and co-founder Rachael Drella, a sophomore physics major, were not surprised to find their informational posters provided by the SSA torn down. In turn, they designed new posters, minus the bold atheistic headlines, using instead the euphemism “freethought society.”
“[The term] ‘free thought’ is more inclusive,” Vicedomini said. “If you can support your argument with reason, then you’re a free thinker.”
In the vein of “free thought,” secular students favor rational inquiry and speculation over religious thinking, as explained in the society’s definition of a freethinker.
I do enjoy the atheistic posters the SSA provides our groups (they’re not offensive), but if “freethought society” brings in the bodies for a fuller discussion, so be it.
Best of luck to the new group!
On a side note, the article mentioned that I am the chair of the SSA (this is true) and the co-author of I Sold My Soul on eBay.
Either someone didn’t read the cover of the book carefully enough… or Jesus wrote the book with me.