I have a question for all A/N members and Atheists everywhere. Are you disgusted and offended at how we atheists, not only us atheists in the U.S. but as a world wide community are treated???
We are now the new minority group targeted by bigots and haters, sure we always have been but until the past decade or so we were kept on the back burner while bigoted assholes were busy shitting on people of different color and thoughs who practice alternitive sexual lifestyles. It's a wonderful thing that they are beginning to open up to the fact that thoughs communities have rights as much as they do, it's been a long time coming.
Now, atheist are taking up that void and we are being focused on as the new kid on the haters playground. We are at a point now where it is time for us to either take action and stand up for our rights as those minorities did in the past or sit back and allow ourselves to take their shit.
Atheists everywhere, I ask you.... What do you want to do??? and if you decide you want equal rights, how do you want to go about it???

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Comment by Scott on July 29, 2009 at 1:12pm
Funny you should mention that! I was just watching the Richard Dawkins hate mail videos and it is obvious that the christian love of violence and their special brand of intolerance is alive and well! Another curious aspect of their attitude is they escalate in their violent rhetoric as the argument for atheism becomes more eloquent. I guess when you strike the right chords their tune rings loud and clear!
Comment by Ron Edwards on July 29, 2009 at 12:36pm
Thanks Scott and Cliff!! There probably are many in the insane christian fringes who would love burning non-believers at the stake if given the chance and we all know what the extremists of islam do.
I've found that in the area I live, when someone realizes or I tell them that I'm an atheist, they clam up with fear that you can see in there face and they say they don't want to talk about it. I find their reaction very interesting. It's as if they know the truth but are afraid to open up and speak their true feelings on the issue.
Comment by Scott on July 29, 2009 at 9:51am
At least we are no longer being burned at the stake! I agree that it is time to be more vocal. Keep in mind though, that it took two thousand years for all this hypocrisy to imbed itself in western civilization. It will take a substantial amount of time before this wears off, if in fact it does.
Comment by Ron Edwards on July 29, 2009 at 5:14am
Thanks all for your comments Mel, unholyroller and Kristy!! It is obvious that much has to done yet to overcome religious oppression, especially here in the states. Thanks Kristy for the link. I am always interested in how other countries are overcoming theism, I saved the page to my computer.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on July 29, 2009 at 4:06am
Sorry, meant to include the link to the "Freedom of Religion and Belief" submission.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on July 29, 2009 at 4:06am
Australian members of Nexus are already active in lobbying for change. We have submitted a substantial paper to the Australian Human Rights Commission calling for freedom from religion to be guaranteed when the government considers legislation on freedom of religion. We have also made a submission to the National Human Rights Inquiry.

We liaise with and support the Atheist Foundation of Australia in their campaigns and are discussing a similar liaison with the Australian Secular Lobby.

There are many members of this site who work tirelessly for change at the local, regional, national and international levels.
Comment by unholyroller on July 28, 2009 at 11:35pm
I'm in the babble belt and being out has cost me jobs. However, if I'm gonna walk the walk, I'm gonna thak the talk. I've always dispised hypocrits so am not doing that. So, guess I'll just be poor and true to my convictions. I just have to keep being the best I can be and try to prove that we non-believers can be moral, kind compassionate people.......unlike the majority of xtians I come in contact with. I hope I live long enough to se the end of the persecution, but considering where I live....I may be asking too much. I'm out n proud, but, it has cost me.
Comment by Mel on July 28, 2009 at 8:21pm
Atheists in my country are all out'n'proud.

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