Just read the story of Jonestown and the mass suicide and murder involving over 900 people and over 200 children. A lot of stuff bothers me about that story
The political power wielded by a small group in San Francisco to strong arm people trying to expose problems with Jim Jones is scary and disheartening. Atheists need to come up with some equivalent political machines that rival the ones the fervently religious are able to mobilize. My local paper was highlighting a story on how the extreme religious right in Israel emboldened by their political power is expressing their intolerance more frequently. (An eight year old girl was spit on and taunted on her way to school).
I am not knocking on doors to support a political candidate like the disciples of Jim Jones did. Although I have made a small monetary donation to this cause, I am not going to give up all my possessions in support of the cause like the Jones crew did.
Hopefully something useful can be achieved by uniting atheists over the internet. The first step would be educating all the religious people that atheists are not bad people and that it is wrong to discriminate against them based on their orientation. Removing the prejudices that prevent an otherwise perfect candidate from holding office because of atheism would be a noble social accomplishment.