ASK: Can atheists be 'more active' - or not - in promoting atheism

Should we promote atheism - or is promoting it and challenging religion 'offensive, ineffective or counter-productive' as some suggest?

And if so how can we do more than we do now in trying to raise the issues, among fellow atheists and believers alike, to raise the awareness - in understanding the good sense of atheism and secularism, with rational criticism and reasoned opposition to religion - supernaturalism and god-belief.

 

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  • Sue M

    There are now loads of atheists scattering all over the place, dealing with the many aspects of religion and how it affects our lives - Why not come together on the website & get to know each other with your ideas and stories.

    August 22, 2013

  • Rodrigo Da S.

    Sorry guys but I won't be able to make it ! But I am very excited to join in . But I will keep posting ideas on the massage board .have a nice discussion
    Regards Rodrigo

    November 16, 2012

  • Rodrigo Da S.

    Hello Everybody ,
    I think this is a great question wich I don't have the unswer but I think we must find a way to aproch people without been dwelling on religion cause it is like touching the core foundation of people's lives.
    Perhaps we can try to bring the attention to the beauty of nature and science instead !

    November 16, 2012

  • Priscilla R.

    Feel gutted for not being able to attend, however I am keeping one eye on the message board! Always refreshing to know that members keep coming and enlightening us!

    November 15, 2012

  • Sue M

    Hello Michael
    I hope you have researched or will look at the vast amount of diverse and creative material that is now available, serious and funny, on all aspects of religion - otherwise you may be spending a lot of time repeating much of the work and creativity that has been done over the last few years. Improving on the existing work would be worthwhile but just replacing it could simply divert attention from some of the brilliant websites, videos and special interest sites, some of which members have linked - e.g. on our forums, and directory sites such as www.secularsites.freeuk.com There has been such a plethora of creativity over recent years, I think we are in danger of finding it difficult to manage and find the best and not drown in a flood of information and entertainment - to our detriment.

    I look forward to meeting you.

    November 14, 2012

    • Michael B.

      Yes, Sue, I have a wealth of youtube video links from various atheist contributors, which I will be embedding in the website. As well, I am setting up a youtube channel to bring together the many other atheist channels. I will link to anything that has already been said. Iamasecretatheist.com will remain a site that conducts surveys and questionnaires, and provides statistical information on the results. I will enable others to create surveys too. I have other ideas that I have not seen on other sites, which I will be bringing forth as the site develops. Remember, as per my email to you last month, this site will work in conjunction with a postcard campaign, distributed initially to universities, posing the question: How much do you believe? and asking for the sender to fill in a response and post it. I will provide a pdf of the postcard on the website, in multiple languages, so that others can print it out and distribute it themselves.

      November 14, 2012

  • Michael B.

    I am building a website (Iamasecretatheist.com) which I hope will be a positive, irreverent, satirical place for “secret atheists” and others to congregate. I am incorporating surveys into the site, which will collect statistics on responders in order to determine how many people hide their atheism from others and why. There will also be a place for secret atheists to share their experiences with others.
    I am hoping to find enthusiastic people who are able to contribute content and ideas, as I do have a full time job as a web developer, and cannot spend much time each week on maintaining the project. At this time, I am looking for someone who can regularly write "atheist horoscopes" with some understanding of zodiacal nonsense and an ability to inject liberal amounts of tongue-in-cheek humour.

    November 14, 2012

    • Michael B.

      I also have a Questions for God feature which will allow visitors to submit questions and receive answers from god. I need someone with a strong understanding of the bible, who can formulate questions and responses that reveal the truth about the silly silly book. In future, I would like to add other gods in a dropdown menu so people can ask questions of Allah, Zeus, Thor, etc, but I will start with the Christian one, as he is probably the most familiar to Britons. I also need people who can help create surveys and questionnaires for use on the site. A regular feature of the surveys page will be a questionnaire called “How Good is Your God-dar?,” where respondents must look at pictures of famous people and determine whether they are theists or atheists.

      1 · November 14, 2012

    • Michael B.

      If anyone has web design experience I would be happy to speak with you (as I am a computer programmer, not a designer). I am ruminating on an idea for an online sim game called “Vatican City,” where the player is Pope, and must manage the church, keep parishioners oppressed and stupid, sensor art, literature, science, and other such fun. I do have graphical ideas about the game, but I need someone who can make the design happen. I can do the rest.
      I will be attending this Friday’s meeting, so I hope to hear from people who can help out with my project.

      November 14, 2012

  • Desmond M.

    you ask what can we do and should we do it ?
    I think it is essential that we get rid of this out of date rubbish that was invented 3,000 years ago by people who knew nothing about the world they lived in and has been taken up by those who believed it to be true and have passed it on from generation to gerneration .

    religion has started so many wars which are the most evil passtime of mankind and it still goes on today in Afganistan Syria and many other places without religion we could all live in peace ,
    I myself have written a book about the scourge of mankind that is on sale at Amazon Barnes and Noble and other places and now I intend to publish it myself to show the world the truth about this ancient mythology that fools so many people today

    November 11, 2012

  • David L.

    People are social creatures at heart. Generally, folk like to "belong". More and more people feel disenfranchised by main stream religions. They see, on the news most nights, how religion is used to justify horrific violence.
    Atheism needs to be represented as a valid life choice. It is more than a lack of God. It is the acceptance of rational thinking. Let's promote it as such.

    Excuse me if this is a silly question but... is there a nationally or globally accepted "symbol" for atheism? Christians have, among many symbols, their cross, and it's a powerful and recognisable image. Is there an atheist equivalent?

    October 23, 2012

  • Sultan A.

    I think it is almost if not vital that we need to be more active in promoting atheism. Since it is the most natural and rational perspective of life then it needs to be strongly brought to the fore front whereas religions need to be in the defence.

    October 16, 2012

  • Mahin G.

    I am really glad that atheism is now more active than years before and I do everything to expand it in my environment.

    Mahin

    1 · October 5, 2012

  • paul m.

    We are out there, The invisible masses. Of course we need to be visible. For a long time I have thought about local " Ask the atheist" meetings. These would be in a small hired room after a local flier and small ad campaign had taken place. The room would have a table and plenty of chairs and at least 3 atheists singing from the same sheet. Anyone can come in and ask what they will no matter how silly. We can, if they are popular, make them regular but my idea is that we do it in several places at first. We do not have anything like this happening at the moment. If you think this is a worthwhile way of getting out there then let me know.

    1 · October 5, 2012

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