New atheist group launches at TCU

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by TODD UNGER

WFAA

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM

FORT WORTH -- A new student group at Texas Christian University aims to let students discuss freely their atheistic or agnostic views on religion.

"Freethinking Frogs" is being founded by Alexis Lohse.

The transfer student said she wanted to establish an organization "that was agnostic and secular," so that students with those beliefs would have a place free to discuss and challenge conventional religious thinking.

"We want to encourage debate," she told WFAA in an interview.

The group has already drawn interest from dozens of students and has held a couple of meetings.

Some students WFAA talked with were hesitant about how the group would be perceived on a predominately Christian campus with 140 years of tradition.

"There are some kids [...] who might not want their beliefs challenged," said student Michael Smith.

The school itself says it is treating the group's application process like any other, and will make a decision shortly on making the organization official.

Right now, TCU has more than 20 student organizations that are religious in nature.

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