A Surgent Atheism

More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops
Laurie Goodstein, NY Times, April 26, 2009

A surgent rational humanism movement in this country is a good thing. This article brought a huge smile to my face. I hope that more people publicly “coming out of the closet” will embolden others to do the same. I hope what we are currently experiencing in the United States is a groundswell of atheism and a rejection of Bronze Age mythologies.

They are connecting on the Internet, holding meet-ups in bars, advertising on billboards and buses, volunteering at food pantries and picking up roadside trash, earning atheist groups recognition on adopt-a-highway signs.

They liken their strategy to that of the gay-rights movement, which lifted off when closeted members of a scorned minority decided to go public.

We still have a very long way to go.

Despite changing attitudes, polls continue to show that atheists are ranked lower than any other minority or religious group when Americans are asked whether they would vote for or approve of their child marrying a member of that group.

Perhaps I’ll rejoin the Skeptics and Atheists Meetup group in Portland.

Related posts:

A More Secular America
April 18, 2009

You Are Not Alone
March 31, 2009

I Am An Atheist
March 20, 2009

1 Comment

  1. Beverly Long said that when she first moved to Charleston from Toronto in 2001, “the first question people asked me was, What church do you belong to?”

    It’s interesting when people ask me about what religion I practice. When I tell them I’m an atheist they seem somewhat confounded, and don’t quite know what to say after that.

    One young mother said that her husband was afraid to allow her to go public as an atheist because employers would refuse to hire him.

    I find it deplorable the way people view and treat atheists. It was refreshing to read this article.

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