That's a great article -- I like what he has to say. Thanks for the post.
Potential Lessons for the Atheist Movement
Perhaps we atheists have been too quick to reduce our goals to a manageable number than inevitable alienates some. Seeing what OWS is doing has certainly made me question my own process. I wonder what ideas I have discarded prematurely because they were unpopular or I lacked the imagination to see how they might work.
And maybe we have been too quick to segment our own movement. I like how we've rolled out the atheist banner in an attempt to instill a sense of shared identity and to normalize the experience of those struggling to find their place. At the same time, we may have been too quick to dismiss agnostics, freethinkers, and others who are not interested in the atheist label.
Many of us - this is absolutely true of me - are thinkers rather than doers. We pour over ideas, craft arguments, brainstorm, and even conspire. We are far less likely to take to the streets and express ourselves. We complain about megachurches, but when was the last time we picketed one? We are fairly good at defending our own when they need us, but we are reluctant to risk ourselves.
It is not my intention to suggest that what we have been doing hasn't had value. I merely suggest that OWS might have something to teach us if we are willing to learn.
A short video on Occupy. I like it. Occupy TV Ads? The Branding of Occupy Wall Street
I like it! Thanks for the post!