Thank you for taking the time to read this discussion, it's actually the first time I've posted a discussion that wasn't based on an article I read online.
I'd like to start out this discussion by pointing out some facts:
These facts are great news for atheist activists everywhere. They mean that we're winning our equality. But as every cloud has a silver lining, that saying also works in reverse, in essence meaning that every silver lining comes with a cloud. While I too rejoice in our growing population and our rising influence, I also see it as something of a double-edged sword.
Here's my reasoning; no matter how many moderate christians we deconvert, no matter how many people we convince of our equality, there will always be those who deem us as inferior simply because of our beliefs (or lack thereof). Just ask many religious americans who do not follow the christian faith.
And as we grow in numbers and influence, those that seek to deny us of the equality that is truly ours will escalate their attempts to do so. They may even become more extremist in their attempts to do so.
My purpose in starting this discussion and writing this article is not to convince the activists among us (myself included) that our cause is hopeless or to dissuade closeted members of the atheist community from revealing their true selves. My hope in starting this discussion is to make sure activists everywhere are aware of this fact and are ready to deal with this inconvenience.
The great civil rights movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have always faced resistance from those who refuse to be educated and from those who refuse to step out of the darkness and into the light.
I encourage activists everywhere who read this to use this discussion to discuss new ideas for furthering our cause and dealing with the inevitable resistance. I also hope that the American Atheists organization check back on this discussion periodically to see what kinds of ideas are being conceived of.
In conclusion, I thank you all for your time and I look forward to the day when we can truly be one nation, indivisible.
the religious memeplex is the virus, not the person-carrier. The choice to become more violent is a defending mechanism of that memeplex. This kind of competition is at all degrees of magnitude between different mediums that contain information.
On one hand, you are saying that atheists are more and more numerous, and on the other hand you are afraid that the remaining fundamentalist believers could win over us. Did I understand well? Maybe are you afraid that they will do here and there some terrorist attacks? They will be insignificant and disproportionately weak compared with the rest and saner population. The world goes less and less violent and this trend started centuries ago so don't worry. Reason will prevail over absurdities.
One reason they deem us inferior is they can't point out the good we do. We usually don't plant an atheists flag with every donation we give. My wife and I are actually trying to create a sort of online humanist church. We want to help the poor. We've found a humanists elementary school in Uganda to support. Check out our website https://sites.google.com/site/humanistchurch/home/what-humanist-do-...
There's a link to the school on it too. But yeah we get marginalized because we are easy to stereotype. We need to be a bit more vocal that we are good people.