I thought about posting this video as I would most other videos I like, but having watched it, I think it deserves a bit more attention.
David Silverman, president of American Atheists, speaks to the FreeOK2012 convention on what his organization has been about, what it is doing now, and a vision for the future of atheism in the United States.
Dave gets fired up in this video (truth be told, I think he's ALWAYS fired up!), and he has every reason to be fired up. Atheism is growing in the US, becoming more prevalent and with that, accepted and respected. We're the ones fighting FOR the Constitution when the Ten Commandment hawkers and the prayer-before-meeting promoters are fighting AGAINST it. Dave wants us to be proud of that, and I'm in total agreement.
Most of all, Dave has a clear and concrete idea of where he wants to see atheism go in the future. His concept is practical and workable and (dare I say it?) achievable.
I'll be honest: sometimes I worry about us, about how well we're doing and what religion might try to do when they truly realize that they're losing power and influence and they decide to lash out in reaction to our rising numbers and visibility. Then I see Silverman kicking O'Reilly's ass without blinking and standing up for atheism ... and I look at my own no-tolerance attitude and that of others around here ... and I think we have a pretty damned good shot at this.
But enough of my yap. Have a look at the video ... and be proud to be an atheist.