December 28, 2008

Welcome to New Readers

Illustration of a scribe writingImage via WikipediaReadership is growing here at Atheist Revolution, reflecting increasing interest in atheism, skepticism, secularism, freethought, and related subjects. I'd like to take a moment to welcome the new readers and to share a few quick bits of information that may help you enjoy your time here. I don't know about you, but I rarely bother to read the "About" or "FAQ" sections that so many of us bloggers obsessively include in our headers unless I have questions. So I'd like to offer you a condensed version of the highlights:
  • This blog is written by an atheist and is directed at a primarily atheist audience, as well as others wanting to learn more about atheism, skepticism, secularism, and freethought. There are many excellent pro-religion blogs out there; this is not one of them.
  • If you have questions about why I post what I post, check out the About page. It gives you some information about me, about this blog, and explains that I do write about topics besides atheism from time-to-time.
  • Comments from readers are encouraged, appreciated, and considered an important part of this blog. I use the IntenseDebate commenting system because I believe it does the best job of facilitating discussion among readers. I cannot respond directly to every comment, but I am reading them (and so are other readers).
  • This is not a news site. If you are new to blogs, this means that you should not be surprised to find that you are getting my opinion. Don't expect purely objective reporting here because you will not find it here.
If You Are a Religious Believer

Welcome! Religious persons visit this blog for a variety of reasons. Some are genuinely curious, want to learn more about atheism, and are interested in open dialogue with atheists. Others are beginning to doubt their faith and are trying to understand how atheists manage to live happy and fulfilled lives without gods. I welcome such believers and wish them all the best in their exploration. If some of what you encounter here seems a bit harsh at times, please understand that this is largely a reaction to being the most hated minority group in the United States and struggling against a Christian culture that often fails to acknowledge our basic human worth.

Another segment of religious believers visits this blog as well. These believers are here to argue, insult, or proselytize. They are not welcome here. If you are such a believer, you are strongly encouraged to read the comment policy carefully.