Danville, IL Gets a Campus Atheist Group September 7, 2009

Danville, IL Gets a Campus Atheist Group

There’s a new campus atheist group forming at Danville Area Community College (in Illinois) and they’re already getting press!

[Nathan A.] Ingold, 27, of Danville, is a full-time DACC student in the new wind energy technician associate-degree program. When he returned to college after serving in the military and being in the work force, he noticed there were three Christian organizations on campus.

“It seemed like something was lacking, a secular voice. I thought we needed representation as well,” said Ingold, who got the idea to form his organization from friends who were involved in secular groups on other university and college campuses.

Beyond the existence of God or gods, the group will discuss issues like separation of church and state, social perceptions of nonbelievers and rational analysis of supernatural claims. It also will sponsor and participate in community service projects and charitable events. For example, Ingold and other founding members have discussed holding a campus blood drive for the American Red Cross, trick-or-treating for UNICEF and organizing a Relay for Life team next summer.

“It’s going to be a very charity-driven group,” Ingold said.

Good for Nathan! If you’re in the area or attend the school, the first meeting is Tuesday (tomorrow). The meeting information can be found here.

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  • Three?

    Last year I counted the stalls during the first week of classes on campus. I gave up counting when I got past /30/ religious groups (almost all of them christian).

    And not every group on campus even had a stall.

    Just how many different ways can you worship exactly the same dude?

  • Amy G

    It’s good to see that the press they’re getting is positive. 🙂

  • Jeff Cornelius

    You go Nathan! I went to the same (christian) high school as Nathan. It’s good to see that some others from there have let go of the dogma. Hope this group is a huge success.

  • Beyond the existence of God or gods, …

    Isn’t that redundant?

  • JJR

    The university where I work doesn’t have a campus secular group either, but oodles of Christian organizations. Luckily there is another university across town that has an active student Freethought group.

    I’m the Meetup.com organizer for the Atheist Meetup for our town. We share some membership with the student Freethought group across town, but not 100%. Others in our Meetup are either working adults or retirees.

  • ChameleonDave

    Isn’t that redundant?

    It certainly sounds redundant. It would probably be more clearly expressed as ‘Beyond the existence of Jehovah or other gods’.

  • The Cash Man

    I don’t know if I should start such a group on my ship.