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Re: [atheists-453] FW: Atheist Revolution - Atheists, You Are Not Alone

From: John K.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 12:56 AM
Jen points out a dilemma that affects the entire non-theist community; the fact that we're not a community.  A couple of years back a column in CFI magazine pointed out how few non-theists belong to any organization.  Based on the 14% - 16%  number of us out there only about 2% to 3% belong to any organization.  We are practically invisible and being so we allow misrepresentation of ourselves to be left unchallenged.  The anger Jen experienced was probably born of fear. If we were more visible we might find many out there who are skeptical about religion and dieties.  

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Subject: [atheists-453] FW: Atheist Revolution - Atheists, You Are Not Alone

Atheists, You Are Not Alone

Posted: 19 Apr[masked]:58 AM PDT

The political right in the U.S. loves to portray college campuses as hotbeds of secularism where Christianity is under constant assault by depraved liberals. The reality is quite different. Being an atheist, even on campus, can be a lonely and sometimes frightening experience. Atheists need to know that they are not alone, and there is a need to humanize atheists which extends even to such supposedly enlightened environments. This was why I was so happy to see Jen McCreight's (Blag Hag) letter in Purdue's student newspaper and to hear that it received many positive responses.

There are a handful of goals around which I can imagine the entire atheist community uniting. Improving the experience of atheists by promoting atheist civil rights, reducing feelings of isolation common to atheists in heavily religious environments, and replacing anti-atheist bigotry with reality-based information are among them. Letters like Jen's are a great way to get the ball rolling.

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