|Sent on:||Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:25 PM|
Jim, I am not sure why the cathedral was chosen for the event. I can't think of any other public event that has been staged there. I don't doubt the good intentions of the local Roman Catholic organization in sponsoring the ceremony and I also recognize the realpolitik of the public relations tactics that religious groups use to protect their special status in our civic lives.
You pose some pertinent questions for those who would organize an event. I am not a member of the Boston Atheists but have attended a few of their meetups and am on this mailing list. My first thought is that it shouldn't be billed as an atheist event although I would list any sponsoring groups or Boston Atheists if they were the sole sponsor. I would prefer no ties to any religious institution no matter how inclusive they are (I am anti-theist as well as atheist) but others are more accommodating than me. I agree that a poorly organized, poorly attended public event could be detrimental to efforts to advance the idea of secular ceremonies as the norm for such tributes.
I am new to activist atheism and Zac and Josiah have stated their initiative. I can offer time and effort.