A new poll found that Americans who describe themselves as “religious” has dropped from 73% to 60% over the past seven years. And in that same time, those who say they’re “atheist” has risen from 1% to 5%. And polls show more and more high school kids don’t believe in God — which makes you wonder what they shout out during sex with their teacher. Not only are some kids getting more comfortable with the idea that God is an ancient myth concocted to control the masses with promises of a blissful afterlife, they’re beginning to start atheist clubs in their schools. Or at least trying.
A group called the Secular Student Alliance is starting to get requests from teens who want to startatheist clubs at their high schools. These are kids who happen to believe that life can be lived fully and ethically through reason, and that studying is much more effective than prayer for, say, preparing for an American History final.
There were only about a dozen atheist clubs at U.S. high schools at the beginning of last school year but now there are 39 in 17 states with lots more in the pipeline. Just this year, the Secular Student Alliance has gotten 73 additional requests for their club starter kits.