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.