Come out of the closet already?
Come out of the closet already?
It's because atheism is often frowned upon. Can you imagine being raised in a strickly Catholic family and telling your parents you don't believe in God? Do you think that is easy to do? Do you think that maybe some people are shunned from their families because of conflicting beliefs? Of course. I even have trouble talking to my dad, even though he is accepting that I don't believe, I know it breaks his heart that I don't believe in Jesus or God. I know some people who have gotten kicked out of their homes because their parents didn't want someone who was 'not a Christian' living under the same roof. This is why this campaign is important. It's not obnoxious, it's a matter of awareness.
I just assume most people are atheist. I guess that's pretty ignorant of me. Perhaps ironic.
Atheists have been too docile. It is time that we stood up instead of standing aside while bigots strip humanity of its basic rights. If stating my disbelief makes me an extremist, and if questioning the status quo's makes me a radical, then I am proud to consider myself both. I support this campaign, and if you are an atheist, agnostic (whatever that means), or a freethinker, so should you.
Whether you agree with how extreme he leads his life or not, fellow atheists, he has a point about taking things into our own hands. I have always been a person to respect the views and ideas of another person but I will not stand idly by when I'm having my own ideology stepped on. Especially when my ideology is well founded.
America, where I live, was founded on many principles of equality, one of which being 'separation of church and state'. This alone should be enough but it has not been. Prayers were held in schools, people were ostracized or belittled, and in some states I cannot hold office based solely on my beliefs. Is this right? No! And it occurs only because we allow ourselves to be ruled over my an ideological group that cannot respect our rights as human beings and citizens.
I'm joining this campaign and I'm doing so unapologetically. This isn't a question of beliefs, its a question of rights. As a Christian, do your morals say that it is okay to treat someone as if they are less of a person?
I know that a lot of atheists dislike Richard Dawkins because they think he's an extremist; a fool; a pretentious little man, but I like him. Atheists need to learn that when they're avoiding 'rocking the boat', people think there are far less atheists then there truly are. Atheists need to be proud of being skeptics in a religious world. Don't be afraid to 'be a dick' as some other commentator said. I've been treated so badly at times I've told someone I'm an atheist, and I then shied away. I now realize that I should be as proud as those Catholics, those Buddhists, those Muslims- and stand up.
So all atheists are intelligent, enlightened beings, whereas all believers are narrow-minded fools. What's worse: religious people are all evil creatures, true obstacles to the happiness of poor, innocent atheists. Yeah, sure...
From the page: "Atheists have always been at the forefront of rational thinking and beacons of enlightenment, and now you can share your idealism by being part of the OUT Campaign."
I like Richard Dawkins. I am not religious, never have been, and could only be called a believer for a short period around 5th grade. I like the idea of support for other agnostics an atheists, especially considering the very religious area I live in.
I don't like the wording and tone of this site, though. It is obviously trying to parallel the plight gay people face when trying to come out in an unaccepting environment with that of atheist and agnostic people sharing their beliefs and I don't think the two can accurately be compared that way.
One is a choice. The other isn't. Neither are things that should be forced into the metaphorical closet, but one really isn't something you shout about unless you are looking to step on some toes.
Be content with yourself, don't try and recruit, don't try to persuade, or convince others. Don't be a dick. Atheism can consume people's lives just like religion does others.
And there really isn't anything worse than an "evangelical" atheist.
I think that moncrey should visit this link, because they're not making a reasonable argument. "THEY DO NOT KNOW what forces at work that are beyond our comprehension," is pointless to say. Atheists do not necessarily claim that God does not exist, they simply claim to not believe it. Almost all of them will admit that things are "beyond our comprehension"!
I must agree with vashsunglasses. That statement was the same as saying "all atheists are smart" or "all Christians are stupid."
GeneralError says "Atheists should take pride in what they believe, and do not need to flaunt it. They certainly do not need to convert others." This is not about conversions, it's about admitting something that you already believe. I'm an atheist who does not try to convert others, but I do agree that we should make ourselves known because too many atheists are afraid to admit their beliefs, and knowing that there are others like them could help them to admit something that they believe.
The reason I'm giving this site a thumbs down is that, while I'm an atheist that fully supports other atheists "coming out," I do not believe that Dawkins is so great, and I don't think that "coming out" should be associated with any person.
I don't agree with this site, the cause is good, but atheism is not a campaign. Atheists should take pride in what they believe, and do not need to flaunt it. They certainly do not need to convert others. This site draws parallels between atheism, gay pride, rascism (this is sort of true), and other out-groups, this is not the way to bring about change.
From the page: "Atheists have always been at the forefront of rational thinking and beacons of enlightenment" Ego stroking much?
I really dislike atheists who are loud about their beliefs. This isn't because it offends MY beliefs. THEY DO NOT KNOW what forces at work that are beyond our comprehension. The forces are obviously there whether or not you call them god. I call them time, energy and consciousness. I feel like atheists are against religion and therefore are attacking god, but "god" and religion are not one and the same. Religion creeps me out. If religion is a set of beliefs that are followed by a large group that feel deep connection to eachother because of this belief, then atheism must be a religion. Thats how I see it. I'm an agnostic.