Greta Christina Says Something Fantastic. Again!

Well worth reading:

We’re Telling Them They’re Wrong: Why Coming Out Atheist Is Inherently Oppositional

I think we need to acknowledge that, for us, coming out is an oppositional act. That’s not all it is, of course. It’s also an act of visibility, of community building, of personal honesty and integrity. It helps overturns myths and misinformation about us. It helps normalize atheism and make it seem less scary, both to believers and to incipient atheists. It makes it easier for other atheists to come out… which helps make our communities stronger… which, in turn, makes it easier for still more atheists to come out.
But it is also an oppositional act. Even in its mildest forms. Even when all we do is put up billboards saying something as innocuous as, “You can be good without God,” or, “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone”… we are saying, implicitly, “If you believe in God, you’re mistaken.”

Read the rest. And there’s a Part 2 coming up!

  • Igakusei

    Not only are we telling them that their belief in God is wrong, but our mere existence as healthy, contributing members of society is a massive slap in the face to some of their most fundamental theology. What will their kids think when they see atheists leading perfectly fulfilled lives?

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