so i have bin seeming different versions of the atheist a all around boards about the net and i just have to ask why? is it because the Christians have the cross so is it like fuck you we have a symbol as well now? what is the point? to me it is like saying look at me im l im a atheist neener neener . i could be wrong and im willing to admit this but i would defiantly like to why there is a need for a symbol in the atheist community. maybe i do not get it? input is welcome

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Comment by Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! on May 19, 2011 at 11:57am
@Napoleon Bonaparte we dont use the same A as the anachists. And since Dawkins et al have chosen a nice scarlet A, and have already sold and distributed thousands of them...I think A it is.
Comment by Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! on May 19, 2011 at 10:55am

 For me it is the announcement of solidarity with fellow Atheists. And there is a bit of the

(juvenile perhaps) in your face to those in society who fear life without their dogma (xtian and muslim in particular). On the rare occasions that it starts a conversation I do try to take advantage of the opportunity to plant the seeds of doubt and perhaps start the journey of discovery for someone else. Of course I come from a tradition of symbolism that serves to create an "esprite de corps", and if you will, a stronger tribe.

  I agree with most of what John said in his post however, we are living in an era when theists are actively trying to inact laws based on the religious beliefs. Symbolism and solidarity seems to be very important in countering their attempts. To a certain degree the "new atheism" IS a movement complete with media campaigns and political activism.

Comment by paul babcock on May 18, 2011 at 6:09am
Among other reasons for it, it is a way of showing that one is out of the closet, so to speak, as an atheist. Like gays plenty of atheists feel persecuted to the extent that they fear coming out about it. Wearing an "a" is a way of showing that one had come out. Gays went thru a similar thing and it was quite successful for them. Wearing an "a" is a nonintrusive way of declaring to the workday that one is an atheist and open about it.

I don't wear an "a" for the simple reason I don't wear any jewelry. However on the occasions that I wear my "New Orleans Secular Humanist" tee shirt, I often get a good response from it.
Comment by John Camilli on May 18, 2011 at 4:20am

I think that's exactly what it is: I think atheists are trying to give a face of some kind to their movement. But I think it's a mistake to think of atheism as a movement; as something to which people need to be converted or swayed. All I seem to hear from atheists is how stupid religion is, and how superior science is, and how theists are evil dogmatizers that need to be shut down. But all that will do is replace one oppressive system with another. Like every regime that overthrows another, atheists are on the march into the captial to topple the statues representing religion, metaphorically of course. But I have always looked at that process as a sad one. Why do we need to silence the ideas of others? Why do we need to destroy them just because we don't agree?

 

Atheism should be about allowing everyone to have their own belief system, regardless of whether it makes sense to others, so long as its not being forced on anyone.

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