After standoff, NC high school approves secular club

Kalei Wilson. Photo courtesy of Cash Atheos

Freshman Kalei Wilson will establish a chapter of Secular Student Alliance at Pisgah High School in Canton, N.C. Photo courtesy of Cash Atheos


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(RNS) A North Carolina high school will allow the formation of a club for nonreligious students after a four-month standoff. The Secular Student Alliance, a national organization for nonreligious college and high school students, announced Monday (Feb. 17), that lawyers for Pisgah High School in Canton, N.C., have said the school will permit freshman Kalei Wilson to establish a chapter of the group. “We are thrilled to see this victory for Kalei and all of the students at Pisgah High School!” said August E. Brunsman IV, executive director of the alliance. “We fight everyday to ensure students’ rights aren’t infringed upon, and are pleased with this response from Haywood County Schools.” Wilson, 15, and her older brother, Ben, 17, asked school administrators for permission to start a club for nonreligious students in October. According to a letter of complaint sent to the school by the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union, the students were repeatedly stalled and rebuffed. Pisgah High School has several Christian-oriented extracurricular clubs and denying its nonreligious students made the school noncompliant with federal law requiring equal access. Reached at school by text message, Kalei Wilson said she is excited to found the club and knows of about a dozen students who say they would like to join. “To me it means change and improvement in the school,” she said. “I hope to teach them more about equality and the separation between church and state.” YS/AMB END WINSTON The post After standoff, NC high school approves secular club appeared first on Religion News Service.

2 Responses to “After standoff, NC high school approves secular club”

  1. Rob

    UPDATE:
    The 15 year old has now received so many threats from christians that she has been frightened into changing her mind. And yes, this proves once again, and probably not for the last time, that true morality is only achievable in the absence of religion.

    • Rob

      btw, the threats were anonymous, of course, so there is no proof it was christians who made the threats. We just doubt very much that it was:
      Jews,
      Hindus,
      Buddhists,
      Muslims,
      Sikhs,
      Atheists,
      Agnostics,
      The government,
      Any imaginable combination of the above.

      Nope, we’re pretty sure every single threat came from not regular christians, but only the more devout ones. The ones that “really mean it”, if you know what I really mean. Hitchens may be dead, but he continues to be right: religion poisons everything.

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