Forward Freethought Tuition Scholarship Awardee: Belen Padilla

Belen PadillaThe Forward Freethought Tuition Relief Scholarships is funded by generous FFRF benefactor Lance Bredvold. This year, the students were selected by Black Skeptics Los Angeles, an African-American humanist-atheist community-based organization.

FFRF has previously partnered with BSLA in its annual “first in the family” humanist scholarships for outstanding secular students of color.

In an article in Freethought Today, scholarship recipient Belen Padilla said, “I identify as an atheist as I ponder that if there is a God, why does he make innocent children that he claims to “love” survive traumatic situations such as my domestic violence? Also, if a God controls our world, why has he forced injustice of racism, gender, LGBTQ+, and allowed overall inequality to roam our world?”

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