November 26, 2008

It Is About Reducing Isolation

isolationI've got news for the Christians who are upset about atheist billboards, atheist bus advertisements, atheist greeting cards, and the like. It is not about trying to take "Christ" out of Christmas at all. In fact, it isn't really even about you and your jealous little god at all. It is about letting millions of atheists know that they are not alone. Nobody likes feeling alienated from the culture in which they live. These various campaigns are simply about normalizing the experience of countless atheists.

If the idea of atheists feeling free to be themselves threatens you for some reason, tough shit. We are here to stay, and we are not willing to keep our opinions to ourselves any more than you are. We are going to be more visible in the next few years, and you can expect to hear more from us.

We live fulfilled, ethical, and often joyful lives without any need for monsters, ghosts, or gods. It is unfortunate that you haven't been able to do this yet. We hope that you will be able to do so eventually. We also understand how you feel about us. Many of us were once Christians, and we know what you have been taught about us. This allows some of us to empathize with you and even experience compassion for your struggle. But we will not apologize for our existence, and we will not stop working to promote education, reason, and skepticism.