There’s a new campus atheist group at Purdue University Calumet (in Indiana), and while the article about them in the school paper is nice, there’s something very odd about it.
They quote Christian after Christian. In fact the whole second half of the piece is about how Christians aren’t protesting this group’s presence. Is that just a space filler or the meat of the story, I wonder?
Leaders of other campus religious groups are supporting the SSA’s membership, saying its presence will provide a good debate about secularity, Christianity and spirituality in general.
Mollie Ramstrom, an elementary education major, described herself as a “very strong Christian” at last week’s first SSA meeting. She regularly attends Intervarsity Christian Fellowship meetings, but she wanted to support Elliott, who has been to a couple meetings at IVCF.
“I just wanted to see what the group was about,” said Ramstrom.
Christy Klippel, a staff worker who facilitates leadership at IVCF, said the SSA is welcome at PUC.
“There is no bitterness about them having an organization,” said Klippel. “It would be welcome if its purpose is to have an open discussion about issues. I think it’s good.”
Raydon Haskins, of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, said he has no objection to SSA.
Well, that’s nice, I guess.
Not that Nikko Elliott‘s group needed their approval at all, but cordial relations are always good thing to have. Joint events tend to make for a wider audience, exposed to more skeptical ideas. A win-win situation for atheists.
In any case, Nikko got 19 people to come out to that first meeting (including the Christian). That’s an impressive number and with some good leadership, it should only go up!