Being atheist does not mean I obsess over religion

It seems whenever I check in on American atheist organizations' social media pages or atheist Facebook groups there is post after post centered on religion, whether it is about politics, religious fanatics or religious quotes on public property. I've always felt out of touch with this "obsession with religion" presented by atheist organizations because, having identified as atheist for over a decade, I've never obsessed over religion but rather just lived life.

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Lauren, you can try to open:

1. atheists’ minds to conservatism or Republicanism, or

2. conservatives’ or Republicans’ minds to atheism.

Learn from the responses you get. The energy you put into complaining is energy you waste.

Thomas, I think it was Lincoln who advised “keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. Leaders of organizations do that or they are poor leaders.

I'm confused. You expect atheist organizations to communicate with, as in reach out to, political parties? That's not the purpose of atheism.

The amount of communication depends on the number and degree of commitment of the members in the atheist group that claims to represent a political party.

In short, how much political power does Republican Atheists have?

Now to play the role of a true skeptic. You have made the claim. I do not believe you. Now please provide the links to prove it.

Most atheist groups care to not communicate with Republican Atheists. A few incidents that went south..

- Secular Coalition for America -

- Young Skeptics -

A post by Atheist Alliance of America

I do mean that Liberals are generally naive and Conservatives are generally cruel. I believe that to be so obvious and undeniable a fact that no hon. Gentleman will question it.

—Tom Sarbeck

Oh no, now I have that visual....

Thank you for the links. I hope I did not seem rude issuing the challenge. What I do see here is atheist having a very difficult time, and what does appear to be somewhat hostile attitude towards Conservative/Republican atheist that I was not aware of the extent of how much it appears here. I did not see where conservative/Republican atheist were specifically excluded from atheist organizations. I could see how they might feel unwelcome.   

I hope this is remedied with reason, and a good humanist out look. Thank you for drawing my attention to this. Cheers!

This reminds me of anti-choice groups, which claimed to be feminist, complaining of exclusion from the feminist DC Women’s March last year ( ).

And, for decades now, queer groups campaigning for inclusion in Catholicism.

A big tent can mean a big membership, but the community you create won’t be able to make change any more than you can, say, march after shooting yourself in the foot.

Well and wisely said, Josh.

Catholicism can be ignored; it cannot be reformed.

Pro-life groups should have been included in Women's March. Whether you agree or not, pro-life views have a place in feminism. Anywho, as I said in my article, being atheist does not mean I obsess over religion, hence it is understandable an atheist can work with theists if there is enough commonality. The same can be said for someone who is queer - just because someone is queer does not mean that queer rights is all he focuses on. Queer people have other interests as well, whether it's economics, business, national security, etc. It is important to view people as rounded individuals, not as boxed in one-sided people based on a label they use.




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