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Ask an Atheist at Arden Fair Mall

Visibility!  It's all about letting people know atheists also shop, enjoy Cinnabon and smile.  We walk in twos and threes. Join us as we wander the mall, maybe shop a little, eat a little, whatever, wearing our bright blue "Ask an Atheist" t-shirts.  If you don't have a shirt yet, you can buy one there for $10 from me, Judy.  I have all sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

We don't generally get actual questions, but sometimes we do.  If you don't know an answer, just say you don't know.  The idea isn't to proselytize, but to just be available and approachable.  Make eye contact.  Smile.  Keep your answers very short, let them go on about their shopping.  We have no brochures, we accept no donations, we're just being visible to dispel the myths about atheists.  It's the most important thing we can do right now for our fellow citizens, believers and non.  If you're a bit shy, you can tag along with some talkers.  One more blue shirt really helps, even if you're a quiet one.

And there's no better time than these hectic holidays when some people are already grumbling about forced traditions they don't really like, questioning why a tree has anything to do with a baby being born, charging gifts on credit they can't afford, and fighting crowds.  Some people might find the idea of atheism a breath of fresh air.  You may not know how you affect people, but being visible, walking in pairs in these bright t-shirts does get to people.  It causes some of them to start thinking, maybe that evening, maybe a week later, but it gets people's attention.

Then, once you own your own Ask an Atheist t-shirt, we encourage you to wear it everywhere.  It dispels myths, it lets other atheists know they are not alone, and it lets believers know they don't have the monopoly on views in this country.  It all helps.

See you there, 1:00, second floor, West end by Sears and Cinnabon.  Stay as long or short as you like, but I'm suggesting we walk in pairs until 2:30.

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  • Judy S.

    We were noticed. One lady scowled wanting to know what the t-shirts were about because she'd seen them all over the mall. Another older lady chucked and said, "I like your shirt." One believer was pleased to tell us what atheism is all about, without asking us real atheists if he was correct in his assumptions. (He wasn't.) Another atheist was pleased to see us and asked about SacFAN. We had fun, and let people know we're just regular people who shop at the mall. Thanks to all who joined in today!

    December 15, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Another question came up later in the day while i was still wearing my Ask an Atheist t-shirt. There was a polite group of folks at the coffee shop who started asking multiple questions. One specific that I attribute my answer to the wisdom and teachings of Christopher Hitchens was,"I get that evolution is fairly well documented and the big bang is intact science but, where did what was here before the big bang come from in the mind of Atheists?" To this i was able to utilize the "arrogance" explanation. Eg. While i may be referred to as arrogant, i'm not arrogant enough to make up in my mind where everything came from and i'm not arrogant enough to offer the pretense that i know everything and i believe many many other atheists feel the same with regard to what was present prior to the "singularity" prior to the big bang.

      1 · December 18, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Can't wait till the next Ask an Atheist event!

      1 · December 18, 2012

  • doug

    Few people actually stopped to talk, but a lot of them did look at the shirts. Some may think of atheism tonight or while attending a Christmas church service. Especially when the collection plate comes around.

    2 · December 15, 2012

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