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

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

An Interview with Professor Michael J. Berntsen — Faculty Advisor, University of North Carolina at Pembroke SSA — Part 2

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What personal fulfillment comes from it? Professor Michael J. Berntsen: Raising awareness and seeing people embrace new ideas motivate me. Since I became advisor, 42 faculty and staff members as well as 14 students have trained to be Secular Safe Zone allies. These training sessions offer a chance … Continue reading

An Interview with Professor Michael J. Berntsen — Faculty Advisor, University of North Carolina at Pembroke SSA — Part 1

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Was there a background in secularism for you? What were some seminal developmental events and realizations in personal life regarding it? Berntsen: While I spent my early teenage years as an active youth leader for St. Cecilia Church in Rockaway, NJ, I started questioning religion once a … Continue reading

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