Secular Student Alliance @ Sacramento State University

Dan Barker Tickets on Sale Now

Should Religion and Government Be Separate?


Dan Barker

Saturday April 20, 2013   2pm

CSU Sacramento, Mendocino Hall, 1005

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A former evangelical pastor and now the co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Dan Barker is an atheist and advocate of freethought and will be talking about the separation of church and state on April 20 at CSU Sacramento.

Welcoming a New Chapter of the FFRF

This event marks the inauguration of The Greater Sacramento Chapter of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a new addition to an organization that works as an umbrella for those who are free from religion and are committed to the cherished principle of separation of state and church.

Event Hosts

The Secular Student Alliance at Sac State (that’s us!) is hosting this event. We are an affiliate of the national Secular Student Alliance, an organization that aids high school and college student groups in the atheist, agnostic, humanist, skeptic, and freethought movement.


Daily parking passes are available in lots adjacent to Mendocino Hall.


This event is a fundraiser for the SSA at Sac State, to enable us to attend the national SSA conference in June. Your donations are welcome, and will help advance the group as we learn about leadership, marketing, community outreach, and more.

Tickets are $12 online, and FREE with current student ID (At the door only.  Subject to availability).




March 15, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Meeting This Week

Topic:  Is a society that bans religion still considered secular?

When: Thursday @ Noon

Where: Delta Room, Union 3rd Floor

March 14, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference 2013

When: 7pm

Where: Orchard Suite I, 2nd Floor Union

We are sending all interested members to the the largest secular leadership event for students in the nation! The Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is this June 21-23, and we want all Sac State SSA members, past and present, to join us.

Interested in going? Want to know how you can go for FREE? Just curious as to what this is all about? Then you belong at this upcoming Info Night! We will discuss conference info, travel arrangements, and anything else you can think of. 🙂

Attendance of the Info Night does not place you in any obligation to attend the conference, but we DO recommend you come by even if you are the least interested. We want you to have all the information possible.

Not on campus on Thursdays and need a ride? Call or text Dan at (916) 496-4210 for a ride. We really want you to come! 🙂

See you all there!

February 20, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Meeting Times

Weekly Meetings – Thursdays @ Noon in the Delta Room.  Great for current members, but ANYONE is welcome!  We will host guest speakers, hold guided discussions, and have events with other clubs.

Game Nights – Every couple weeks in the Union Game Room.  Perfect for new members and interested students.  We play games and socialize (Cards Against Humanity, Apples to Apples, Xbox, etc).

Planning Meetings – Tuesdays @ Noon (room TBA each week). This is for members who want to step into a more involved role both as a member of the SSA and as a leader in secularism at Sac State.

February 10, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments


We have some big announcements for this semester:

– Our new officers are Dan Pemberton (President), Connor Paxton (Vice President), Virginia McCormick (Secretary), and Lara Kaapuni (Treasurer)

– Starting February 7, our weekly meetings will be 12-1pm (room will be announced very soon)

– We are hosting a talk by Dan Barker on Saturday April 6 at 2pm.

– The Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference is June 21-23, and everyone should go. The club is applying for DOC Funding and SSA Financial Aid as well as doing fundraising to send all attendees. Get on the mailing list to stay in the loop.

– And biggest of all, the Atheist Student Organization at Sac State will henceforth be titles the Secular Student Alliance at Sac State. We have become a branded affiliate of the national SSA organization. This was discussed at our pre-planning meeting as well as the first meeting of the semester. One of our goals is to allow all prospective members to feel safe and welcome, whether they identify as atheist, agnostic, freethinker, or just a very general non-religious; and, we believe the billing of “ASO” was a unnecessary distraction and impediment toward that goal. We also hope that the club may grow into an serious prospect for CSUS students to build resume-ready leadership skills and volunteer opportunities. Many members may hesitate to put the word “atheist” in their resumes; that is anti-thetical and counterproductive to a club who desires to offer career benefits for prospective members. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to raise them.

January 30, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Game/Movie Night

Our first event of the semester! We will meet at 5:30pm in the Games Room on the first floor of the Union and play Xbox + other games until the movie starts at 7:30 in the Redwood Room.

This is a great opportunity for interested students to check out the club!



January 30, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

First Meeting of the Spring Semester!

Our first meeting of the semester will be on Tuesday January 29 at Noon, behind the Buzz Cafe, outside the Student Union.  We will have officer elections, and discuss upcoming events and activities.  There is a lot on the calendar for this semester!

After this week, a regular meeting time & location will be established.
Hope to see you all there!

January 26, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Atheism and the Case Against Christ

Our very own Professor McCormick has a new book out titled “Atheism and the Case Against Christ”.
Atheism and the Case Against Christ

The endorsements found on the publisher’s web site are really quite extraordinary:


“In my judgment, McCormick’s book is one of the best—if not the best—critique of the core of Christianity ever written.”
—Michael Martin, philosopher of religion, Boston University, and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Atheism


“Finally, a first-rate philosopher weighs in and utterly demolishes any hope reasonable people have for believing Jesus was resurrected from the grave. . . . No other book presents a better case. Nothing more needs to be said.”
—John W. Loftus, author of Why I Became an Atheist


Buy it here:

August 28, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The New Semester is Upon Us!

Come see our table in the quad all this week!  We’ll be discussing upcoming events and signing up new members.

Our official meeting time has yet to be determined, but check back for updates.

~ Dan

August 26, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment