The AP Government students of Van Wert High School will be
submitting a weekly editorial to inform the public on a variety of
issues. They have been encouraged to research, take a position, and
defend their reasoning for having such thoughts. The purpose of these
editorials is to provide awareness and knowledge for the community and
to be thought provoking. The views expressed in these editorials do not
represent Van Wert High School, and are written solely by the student
Nihilism, or the belief in nothing, refers
usually to atheistic thoughts and ideas. Our country for some time now
has been making a trend towards these thoughts. Currently the fastest
growing religious affiliation is no religious affiliation.
has drawn the populous of this country away from their churches and into
their science books for the answers to the universe? Based off of
polls, many suspect that this isn’t actually what is happening. Yes,
numbers are changing, but it isn’t that more people are moving in the
scientific direction; rather, it is that atheists, agnostics,
secularists, and so on, are now willing to openly identify as such. In
the past, such people were vilified or given a default label for those
with “Lost faith.” They now are a respectable alternative belief to the
religious institutions of the modern day.
A more interesting rise,
however, is the fervor with which this new generation identifies itself
as non-believing. The most vehement opposition to the religious
institutions comes from areas where these groups are the strongest,
namely in the deep south, and the “Bible belt.”
unprecedented just 15 years ago is happening today: atheist, humanist,
agnostic, and other non-believing groups have begun to emerge in our
high schools; ironically, as a result to a Supreme Court decision fought
over the rights of Christian groups forming in public schools, Westside
Community Schools V. Mergens (1990).
While this case decided that
the Christian groups could meet on school grounds it also paved the way
for secular groups as well. Most importantly, it allows for students to
congregate before or after school to further investigate their beliefs
without fear of discrimination or violence.
Regardless of one’s
personal position on religion and secular beliefs, it is my hope that
ALL would be in favor of peace and toleration.