Apr 10, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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The rise of the religiously unaffiliated (aka "nones") is not a victory but an opportunity. While millions of Americans, especially younger Americans, are setting aside their religious identity, we still need them to stand up and be counted as secular Americans. Perhaps the greatest success story about people raising their voices as secular Americans is the secular student movement. In 2007, the Secular Student Alliance had fewer than 100 campus affiliate groups, now we have over 400 groups at high schools and colleges around the country. Organized secular students play an invaluable role in making sure there will be proud secular voices in society tomorrow, but they are also some of the most engaged and creative activists making a difference today.
August Brunsman is the executive director of the Secular Student Alliance. He has served in that position since 2001, and started getting paid for it in 2004. He also worked as a programmer for the Institute for Humanist Studies from 2001 to 2004. In 1997 he co-founded Students for Freethought at the Ohio State University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2001 majoring in psychology and minoring in mathematics and cognitive science.