Reading the news every day and seeing the United States sink further into the grip of irrational beliefs and religious dogma it can be easy for an atheist to get discouraged, but there is some good news to be found including the fact that it’s spurring our fellow non-believers into action:
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – When Richard Golden put the word out that he was starting a group for atheists in Walnut Creek, Calif., about a dozen people showed up.
Two years later, 80 are dues-paying members and several more drop in on twice-monthly meetings to chew on everything from particle physics to court cases.
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.
“Local groups are springing up all over the place,” said Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheists. Active groups have grown by about 90 percent over the past six years, she said.
Sometimes the most effective thing you can do is speak up and let your opinions be heard. It shows the rest still in the closet that they are not alone and it helps to put the lie to the many myths and stereotypes the True Believers™ spread about us. Keep up the good work.
Link via Atheist Revolution.