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I’ve often made mention of the Secular Student Alliance, an outstanding organization that supports atheist student groups on high school and college campuses throughout the country. Not only does the SSA offer literature, monetary grants and hands-on assistance in organizing, they also stand up for atheist students’ rights when bigoted school administrators try to stop them from forming clubs, which happens very often. (Obligatory full disclosure/self-promotion: I also happen to be on the SSA speakers’ bureau. Want to invite me to speak at your school?)

For its superb work in cultivating the next generation of atheist activists, the SSA deserves our support. And this weekend, you can help them out and get something out of the bargain too.

Fellow blogger Jen McCreight is on the SSA board of directors, and this weekend, she’s running a blogathon – the blog equivalent of a telethon – in which she’s soliciting donations to support the SSA by pledging to write a minimum of one original post every 30 minutes for a full 24 hours, starting at 7 AM this Saturday. I assume that the inevitable hilarious sleep-deprived ramblings are part of the attraction.

But wait, there’s more! She’s also raffling eight copies of Michael Shermer’s book The Believing Brain, signed by the author, to anyone who donates $5 or more. Plus, the people who make the ten largest donations before midnight on Friday will get to choose a topic for her to write about during this marathon session.

If any of this is appealing to you, then please consider donating on her ChipIn page. Support a good cause and help build the secular community!

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DAYLIGHT ATHEISM Adam Lee is an atheist author and speaker from New York City. His previously published books include "Daylight Atheism," "Meta: On God, the Big Questions, and the Just City," and most...