In January, I created a petition calling on atheists to show their support for feminism and diversity. That petition, with more than 2,000 signatures, was delivered to the leaders of the largest atheist and secular organizations.
The petition also attracted over 400 comments from people who wanted to further explain why they were signing. Most of these comments were excellent, and I want them to be seen more widely. In this post, I’ll continue spotlighting some of my favorites.
A person doesn’t need religion to have morality. If the arc of the universe bends toward justice, then atheists and humanists should be the first to stand up and speak out for the equality and value of every single person.
Atheist humanism should be about moving forward to a better future, not remaining mired in sexist, patriarchal nonsense.
Feminism and atheism are not mutually exclusive ideals. Quite the contrary. They compliment one another as both seek to act humanely to ALL people, regardless of sex, race, creed, or color.
A small number of hateful people have been very outspoken and actively harassing those in the movement who dare to speak against misogyny. It’s time we all stood up and said enough is enough.
My interest and enthusiasm for participating in the skeptics and atheist communities has been chilled by the blatant sexism and ongoing attacks against women in these organizations. It is hard for me to understand how this has continued for so long.
Ignoring minority concerns is for theocrats.
It is abhorrent that my female friends, and my female heroes have to fear for their safety when attempting to work with ostensibly ‘enlightened’ atheists who are more concerned with keeping us white men in charge than they are with addressing any actual problems either within the movement or without.
Tolerance, acceptance, recognition of diversity and basic human respect are the foundations of not only a successful movement but also vital components of human flourishing. Any movement that ignores social justice eventually marginalizes and renders itself obsolete.
Because a movement that marginalizes or ignores whole segments of the population “so as not to distract from the cause” is not a movement worth preserving.
Otherwise, good luck being the White Men* Who Don’t Believe In Certain Things club, because such a ‘community’ would be pretty much irrelevant–consisting of the people least affected by the harmful effects of religion and its institutions.
*cisgendered, often hetero, almost always middle or upper class