That’s a Committee? January 20, 2010

That’s a Committee?

St. Cloud State University in Minnesota is home to a new campus atheist group (an affiliate of the Secular Student Alliance):.

They were recently featured in their campus newspaper:

“I hope that this is something that stay alive on the Campus,” [co-founder Sarah] Maddox said.

SSA’s goal is to work as an umbrella organization for students who are without religion. SSA works with atheists, agnostics, humanists and other non religious students.

“The official mission statement is to create a sense of community for every loosely related irreligious group,” Maddox said.

SSA is a non political group. Maddox said members included every aspect of the political spectrum including liberals and conservatives. SSA does take a political stance for separation of church and state, however.

Larger college atheist groups (like all groups) have subcommittees which work on various projects. Some committees handle marketing or publicity, others work on events, others work on finances… but the article in question mentioned one I’d never heard of:

SSA has a committee that works with Campus Crusade for Christ.

A committee specifically formed to work together with the Christian groups? 🙂

At first, I wasn’t sure how to take that. It could be a great thing (they’re committed to cooperation!) or a depressing thing (they need a subcommittee for that?), but hey, the more cooperation, the better.

As it turns out, according to Sarah (via email), it’s the Debate Subcommittee that is handling the event with Campus Crusade.

You can check out SSA at SCSU’s website here.

By the way, the national SSA group is now at 200 affiliates! How exciting is that?!

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  • Reginald Selkirk

    St. Cloud State is in Michelle Bachmann’s congressional district.

  • Campus Crusade for Christ* seems to have a habit of teaming up with campus atheist groups for “Does God Exist” debates. We have had 2 of these in Ottawa over the past few years. C4C does the organization, pays for the venues and even subsidizes transportation and accommodation for the atheist side. I don’t expect they are doing it to be nice, and I am left wondering what their agenda is.

    For anyone who is interested, here is an audio recording of the 2009 debate:

    *In Canada, at least, they have dropped the “Crusade” from their name, and are now just “Campus for Christ”.

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