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Ask an Atheist at Sunrise Mall

Shop around while you represent friendly atheists! Come walk Sunrise Mall wearing one of these bright blue shirts. We don't approach people, we just walk around in pairs, smiling, and enjoying ourselves. It's all about being visible. We usually get more thumbs up than questions. But, sometimes we do get a real question - if you don't know an answer, say you don't know. Just be yourself. (We aren't the ones claiming to have special knowledge of anything!)

Don't have a shirt? Buy one from Judy when you show up, $10. Then it's yours to wear when getting groceries, washing your car or walking your dog at home!

It's so necessary to come out, which helps others feel more comfortable coming out as well! It's what needs to happen if we are to stop the push of religion into our laws and governments! Activism was never easier! 

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  • Judy S.

    Great group of "Askees" walking this time. Again, like last month, we all had way more conversations and people approach us than ever, ever before. It might be the billboards - don't know. Mainly positives like, "I love your t-shirt", or "I love atheism", or "I'm with you!". One very elderly lady HAD to tell me how she loves her Jesus (I wonder who they are trying to convince when they do that), and several who wanted to know what the t-shirts were all about since they had seen them all over the mall (we had 3 small groups). A few actual questions about what atheists think of this or that. The mall cop, who came out to us last time we were here, now has his own AaA t-shirt. Lots of people turn their heads to make sure they're reading the shirt correctly, especially behind our backs (I could see them walking behind others of us in our group). Great experience! Very easy activism, and so necessary. I'd love to have this group of folks walk with us every time! Thanks!

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Bryan R.

    Having just joined this Meet Up group, yesterday was my first event and it was fun. Everyone was nice and easy to talk to. I learned that it is important to be approachable. I had my kids with me as well as my laptop so I could get some work done. The problem with this, in hindsight, is plugging away at a computer leaves you rather non-approachable. But I did have a few conversations when I was with the larger group, and that was a lot of fun.

    It was great meeting everyone and I can't wait for the next one!

    January 12, 2014

  • Becky M.

    I didn't have much interaction during my shopping but there was some conversation after Toby and I rejoined the group. I'll have to come back for more next time. Nice meeting everyone!

    January 11, 2014

  • Becky M.

    Had a great time just walking around and presenting a positive face for atheism. All of the attendees were great, friendly people. So glad I have an Ask An Atheist T-shirt now!

    January 11, 2014

  • Tobin S.

    Had a great time meeting other Freethinkers. :)

    January 11, 2014

  • Adam

    I attended my first meet up at "Ask an Atheist" at Sunrise Mall and it went as well as I had hoped. The ratio of positive to negative response ratio was about 2:1 and the group I was with had the chance to talk with a catholic man who approached us. He talked about struggling with his son being a gay atheist, and how he believes his religion is keeping him sane. The experience was pleasant, stimulating, and sincere. He even offered to buy us a snack. I'm confident in the fact that he walked away with at least a small spark, a different perspective, in his approach to morality, his son, sanity, and understanding of us atheists. Looking forward to more meet ups and "Ask an Atheist"s.

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • Tobin S.

    I'll need an XL too. Sorry about being last minute... oops.

    January 10, 2014

    • Judy S.

      I always have all sizes of shirts with me. I keep them in the trunk. No problem!

      January 11, 2014

  • Adam

    One XL shirt please. Looking forward to it.

    1 · January 10, 2014

  • James

    Correct the spelling of this event, please: "Athest."

    1 · January 8, 2014

    • Judy S.

      Oh, for heaven's sake! How long would that have stayed like that if you hadn't pointed it out to me! Thanks, James!

      2 · January 8, 2014

  • Michelle B.

    This is really a maybe but positive intention to go...will solidify. Need a shirt..large I suppose.

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not too into wearing T-shirts that state something but I know someone who would just love this T-shirt. Is it possible I can buy one for a secular Christmas present?? Would probably piss off his wife but he does that on a regular basis anyway! ; )

    December 19, 2013

    • Judy S.

      Sure. I'll be at tomorrow's Meet n Greet, and at Sunday's HumanLight Party. Would either of those work out to get one? I live in Roseville - are you out this way, perhaps?

      December 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will be at tomorrow's event. I'll bring 10 ducats for a shirt! Thanks Judy.

      December 21, 2013

  • GaryA

    I will do my best to attend. Depends on transportation.

    December 20, 2013

    • Judy S.

      If you don't have a ride just let me know and we'll come pick you up.

      December 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We should have had this before the Holidays (more people are out shopping translating to more exposure/questions).

    December 19, 2013

    • Judy S.

      We did, Joshua. We were at Arden Fair Mall, watching all the people dressed in red and green carrying large packages to and fro. We had tremendous response. We do this every month. I hope you can join us!

      December 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd love to sometime. But my only avenue to stay connected with what's going on has, is, and will probably continue to be Facebook due to the ridiculous hours I work.

      December 19, 2013

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