August 13, 2011

The Importance of Atheist Community

AtheistsI talk a lot about politics, and I've made no secret of my belief that it is time for atheists to pursue real political power in the U.S. and other countries that are also hostile to reality. Our numbers are far greater than many realize, and we desperately need organization to exercise our voice in important matters like separation of church and state. But political power is not the only reason we need a strong atheist community.

The next time you hear one of our fellow atheists saying that we do not need any sort of atheist community or atheist movement, I encourage you to share these words from Daylight Atheism:
This is the most important function that "out" atheists can serve. Many freethinkers, especially the young ones, face unimaginable hatred and hostility just for having the courage to assert their rights. And we can't stop all of it, but we can stand in solidarity with them and let them know that they aren't alone. We can provide a safety net for those who are weighing whether to declare their identity, and by so doing, make them more likely to take that step and further expand and strengthen our community.
Now just imagine how much more effective we can be at serving this function with a bit more organization.

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