It's "A" Week on Facebook!

All this upcoming week (March 18-24), it’s time to sport this beautiful “A” for Atheist (or another of your own or another’s devising). in celebration of “A” Week!

“A” Week is a chance for atheists to proudly make our non-belief known to our friends and families. I have a special fondness for “A” Week (as I explained near the end of the interview I gave last week to Amy Childs) since it was through “A” Week that I began to meet my thousands of atheist Facebook friends who have provided me with such an indispensable community of unbelief always at my fingertips for the last two years. So much of the great stuff I aggregate on this blog comes through the links and resources they provide. If you’re an atheist without much real world or online support for your atheism outside of, say, blogs, I really recommend you take the chance and open up your Facebook experience to the thousands of friendly atheists out there.

The Sunday “A” Week started two years ago was Easter and I had been so bummed to see my Facebook feed turn into a veritable church service filled with “He is Risen” this and “He is Risen” that. Later that week, late one night I went to “A” Week’s Facebook page and started friending people who had liked the page and put up the “A”. By the morning I had hundreds of new atheist acquaintances, many of whom have grown to become friends in the last two years. By the end of the week, my Facebook feed was filled with atheist memes and great articles on atheism and secular politics.

So put up the “A” and express your pride in your atheism. And if you want to know where to start friending receptive atheists, you can start by friending me. And I will direct you to others who will be glad to friend you or accept your request.

Get plugged in.

And if you are looking for stuff to share with those who do not understand why it is so important for atheists to make their non-belief a matter of personal statement and identity, I recommend you share with others any of the following posts I’ve written explaining why atheism and community among atheists matter:

The “A” Word

Who Cares About Atheists?

You Might Be An Atheist Even If You Hate The New Atheists

Asking Richard Wade About Anger In Families Divided Over Religion

Your Thoughts?

(skywritten “A” via Helen Arrol)

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • John Morales

    If “It’s “A” Week on Facebook!”, then either the other 51 weeks aren’t, or it’s an otiose claim.

    (Do it or don’t, but like the claim of “the Christmas spirit” being due at Christmas, I find it ridiculous to claim it for a particular calendrical period)

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/xblog/ Greg Laden

    Easter is very tricky, being all non-callendric and all. It would take a highly trained ephemerist to do this, but it would be nice if A week always started on Easter.

    (Tomorrow isnt’ Easter, is it? I’m pretty sure it is not.)

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

    No, tomorrow’s not Easter. It moved to April but “A” Week stayed in mid-March.

  • Dan Shields

    Hooray for As!!

  • http://anythingbuttheist.blogspot.com Bret

    Why is it capitalized?

  • demonhauntedworld

    Facebook friend request sent!


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