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.
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