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Re: [bostonatheists] Speaking of the discussion board:

From: Will
Sent on: Monday, April 22, 2013 10:13 AM
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From: Zachary Bos <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sunday, April 21,[masked]:30 AM
Subject: [bostonatheists] Speaking of the discussion board:

Member Amber Lynn Hampton has initiated a VERY important discussion,
at http://www.meetup.com/bostonatheists/messages/boards/thread/32936512:

"Yesterday (March 27th), Todd Stiefel spoke on The Take Away. He
pointed out critically the discrimination atheists are enduring at
this time, which many of us may have experienced personally. In a 2012
Gallup Poll, almost half the population would vote against an atheist
if they were running for candidacy for presidential position in the
US. Which is interesting since more and more US citizens claim they
are "nones" in the census. Yet atheism is not chosen as well according
to Stiefel in his interview yesterday. So what makes atheists the most
disliked minority according to the interview and what are your
thoughts? How can we, in Boston, bring more awareness on the matter to
advocate further in equality while not becoming fundamentalists or
patronizing/alienating other groups?"

This question -- how can we improve social acceptance of atheists and
atheism -- has a new urgency, poignancy, after the events of the past
week. That's why the Secular Coalition for Massachusetts will be
focusing a lot of its efforts in coming months on education and
outreach, starting with meetings with elected officials to let them
know that we're here (and expect not to have our views associated with
violence or amorality).

You can reply to Amber's post at
http://www.meetup.com/bostonatheists/messages/boards/thread/32936512.

- Z



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