An unlikely party will be sitting at the table when the United States Department of Education hosts its interfaith initiative: atheists. The Secular Student Alliance, a national nonprofit dedicated to organizing nonreligious students, announced today that they were invited to take part in a special planning session September 24th as part of the national gathering for the President's Interfaith and Community Service Challenge. The planning session, which also includes organizations like Hillel, Campus Compacts, and the Hindu Seva Charities, aims to determine the best ways for campus service projects to include all worldviews.
"We're honored to be included in the President's call for interfaith and community service," said Jesse Galef, spokesperson for the Secular Student Alliance. "There are thousands of nonreligious students eager to work alongside their religious friends to make the world a better place."
The Obama Administration has had a history of reaching out to secular students, a practice which has provoked some religious leaders. When President Obama invited atheists to a White House interfaith discussion in 2010, Bishop Harry Jackson Jr. accused him of widening the tent too much, saying "I think we're being set up — for people of living faith who believe in a born-again experience who follow the Bible — to be seen as knuckle-dragging Neanderthals who need to come into the 21st century."
Written By: Jesse Galefcontinue to source article at secularstudents.org