October 24, 2006

Atheist Groups are Growing

I want to keep this good news vibe going just a bit longer, so here is some more. The atheist community is growing! You don't need me to tell you that - all you have to do is look at the new atheist blogs springing up around the internet. But this article from the Contra Costa Times and reprinted in The News-Sentinel shows that there is at least some recognition that our numbers are increasing.

Since this article focuses on atheist organizations, it cannot answer the question of whether this trend is fueled by more people rejecting religion or more atheists joining organizations devoted to atheism. Either way, I consider this good news.
"Horrified by escalating religious violence and alarmed by the Bush administration's 'faith-based initiatives,' which make government money available to religious organizations, atheists are coming out of the closet - and organizing."
Yes, creating and mobilizing atheists is one of the few things the Bush administration has done extremely well. I suppose we should thank him for that.

Are you a member of any atheist-oriented group? I belong to the ACLU, Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. There are many other worthy organizations out there, and I'll probably join more eventually. Joining such an organization shows that we are there, that we are capable of organizing, and that we are interested in making sure that our rights are honored. The more of us who join at least one such organization, the harder it is for politicians to continue to ignore us.

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