This video is a real eye-opener.
Jordan Balderas tried and eventually succeeded in forming a secular group in his high school, but before he was allowed to form this group, he faced discrimination from school officials, teachers and fellow students. He says he had to petition 13 teachers, fill out several permission forms (both online and off) that were ignored, call school administrators every day for weeks, and endure his flyers being torn down by fellow students.
He was even asked to remove the word “atheist” from his flyers because it was deemed too controversial and might upset people. He complied with their wishes, and his flyers were torn down anyways.
After watching the video, I couldn’t help thinking that we should be supporting smart, articulate students like Jordan Balderas rather than holding them back. His group welcomed religious and non-religious students. They were doing nothing more than sharing their ideas with one another, and yet he had to endure discrimination based on his lack of religious affiliation or belief.
I wonder how many more secular groups never get off the ground because they give up or are harassed into silence. I don’t think I would have had the courage or motivation to go through what Jordan did when I was in high school.
Yet all these students want is to be treated the same as their religious brethren.
They deserve that.