I was elated to hear President Obama recognize "non-believers." Now we need to move forward to ensure we are never left out of the mainstream political conversation. It is a great time to be a freethinker. Looking at the various meetups for freethinkers, atheists, Brights, etc., many of them have been started in just the last 18 months or so. Seems we are getting together and comparing notes in a much more public fashion. I see and hear many people "coming out" as never before. It was quite empowering for me when I finally began being open about my non-theist beliefs.