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Texas A&M University-Kingsville, TX – Atheist students at Texas A&M University-Kingsville are dispelling myths about non-believers by participating in this year’s Ask an Atheist day.
The Secular Student Alliance at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will be in the central plaza pavillion behind the Student Union Building on Thursday, April 18, from 10am to 2pm. The group is inviting both students and non-students alike to come talk to or ask the members of the group questions about atheism.
“Participating in Ask an Atheist day will help us to reach lots of students who wouldn’t otherwise meet anyone who didn’t believe in god. It’s a great way to show that we’re good people,” said UnitedCoR’s Executive Director Chapa, President of the Secular Student Alliance at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Ask an Atheist Day is a national celebration started by the Secular Student Alliance in order to dispel myths about atheism. According to the national Secular Student Alliance headquarters, over 160 groups participated in Ask an Atheist day in 2012, and they anticipate even more groups participating this year.
Atheism has made headlines recently, with over 20,000 atheists attending last year’s “Reason Rally” on the National Mall. Recent studies have shown that as many as 30% of Americans under age 30 are not affiliated with any religion, otherwise known as “nones.”
However, despite their growing numbers, atheists still experience discrimination and bullying. For example, nine states have laws on the books that bar atheists from holding public office, and research showing that 48% of Americans would not vote for a qualified atheist candidate for president.
“If you’ve never met an atheist before, how will you know what we believe? We want to open the door to start a dialogue,” said UnitedCoR’s Executive Director Chapa, President of the Secular Student Alliance at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
The Secular Student Alliance at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is also part of the South Texas Coalition of Reason. For more information about the SouthTexas CoR, visit http://www.southtexascor.org