Tag Archives: Secular Student Alliance

Interview with Gavin Riley on the University of New Hampshire Secular Student Alliance

by | November 15, 2019

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Gavin Riley is a persistent student at the University of New Hampshire. Our focus here, today, is on the ways in which even for the best of efforts; the student groups and secular initiatives can fail. Our aim is to provide a lens on the honest failures and real successes of attempts… Read more »

“No, you’re not.”

by | May 17, 2019

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen — The Breeze reported on some of the experiences of a Secular Student Alliance student group on the campus of a North American school or JMU (James Madison University) started by Kate Hurley. Hurley was raised by Catholic parents. However, in early life, she came out as a homosexual and an atheist.… Read more »

An Interview with Karen Loethen — Previous Member, Meramec Secular Student Alliance — Part 2

by | March 31, 2018

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What are your main concerns for the secular community off campus, in society that is, now? Karen Loethen: Oh, Scott, so many. I’ll try to keep my capitalizations down to a minimum. Lol I have HUGE concern for the many ways that the religious right has put institutional religion into… Read more »

An Interview with Karen Loethen — Previous Member, Meramec Secular Student Alliance — Part 1

by | March 30, 2018

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is family background — geography, culture, language, religion/irreligion, and education? Karen Loethen: Thanks, Scott. I come from a small town in Illinois, just your basic homogeneously white, lower-income Christian small town. My family didn’t really practice religion much until I was in my younger teens. My own parents come… Read more »

An Interview with Kayla Bowen — President, SSA at Morehead State University

by | February 1, 2018

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is family background — culture, education, geography, language, and religiosity/irreligiosity? Kayla Bowen: I grew up very poor. My high school was at one point ranked one of the worst in the state of Kentucky. I attend Morehead State University now as a Psychology and Philosophy double major. I’m also… Read more »

An Interview with Professor Michael J. Berntsen — Faculty Advisor, University of North Carolina at Pembroke SSA — Part 3

by | January 25, 2018

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Jacobsen: What are the current biggest threats to secularism on campus? Professor Michael J. Berntsen: Anger and insulation. Most campuses have provisions for free-speech, but people’s anger and inability to listen to unpopular thoughts have threatened those policies. The main issue is that Americans have confused unpopular with controversial and illegitimate. For example,… Read more »