August 27, 2013
New ‘Secular Safe Zone’ Program to Defend Atheist Students
With bullying an increasing concern in the nation, one overlooked minority group is about to get help: atheist students. The Secular Student Alliance announced today that it is kicking off the 2013 school year by launching a new program called the Secular Safe Zone. Modeled after the LGBT safe zone programs, the project trains mentors in student communities to create safe, neutral places for students to talk about their doubts without fear of religious bullying.
“There’s no question that atheism is on the rise among America’s youth, but secular students still face an uphill battle for acceptance,” said Secular Student Alliance spokesman Jesse Galef. “We’re calling on supportive role models nationwide to stand up for these students. Even just one teacher defending you against bullying can make all the difference in the world.”