Thomas J. Coleman III
Thomas J. Coleman III is currently a Psychology major attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He works as the Assistant Project Manager at his school conducting cross cultural research studying spirituality between the USA and Germany. He is a board member for the Chattanooga Freethought Association, as well as a founding member of the UTC Secular Student Alliance and Hamilton County for Separation of Church and State.
Identification, or how one identifies, is a reflection of our particular place in time and culture. While many people lack a belief in God and identify as atheists, others do not due to a variety of reasons involving personal or cultural factors. This shows us that the reality of identity in general, and non-belief identity in particular, is complex.
What can you do to support equality for people of all religions and us people of none? Speak up; let your school, community, and country know we are here. Who are we? The "we" that can and do support the separation of church and state (SOCAS) come from a wide variety of backgrounds; even many believers support a secular government.
Are you merely a "religious none", or are your beliefs and non-beliefs a little more complex than simply being labeled a "none"? In the social sciences, research on atheism and non-belief is parading its way into the mainstream. Chances are you have come across a magazine article or news broadcast talking about the "religious nones" within the past year.
For those who missed it, a brief overview of the CSICon experience, from a student perspective.