Atheist Organizations Chart

There are dozens of national/international organizations out there for non-religious people. For a newcomer to the scene, it’s often hard to keep track of which groups there are and how they are connected to each other.

August Brunsman, Executive Director of the Secular Student Alliance, made a chart (a first draft, anyway) to help you out. Click on the image below to see it in full size:

Flow Chart

And now it all makes sense, right?

This chart will go through a few more machinations, I’m sure. But it just goes to show the complexities within the secular movement and why it’s often difficult to get the organizations to work together on anything. Everyone has their own niche.

However, as you can see, the Secular Coalition for America is a good start to bring about some unity! Hopefully, more groups will want to join that coalition in the future.


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  • http://blog.dmcleish.id.au Shishberg

    Is it too pedantic to point out that this isn’t, strictly speaking, a flowchart?

  • http://friendlyatheist.com FriendlyAtheist

    Hmm… let’s correct that. And then we’ll pretend that no one noticed. (Thanks for pointing it out :))

  • http://blog.dmcleish.id.au Shishberg

    No one noticed what?

  • http://friendlyatheist.com FriendlyAtheist

    Exactly.

  • http://atheistrevolution.blogspot.com/ vjack

    Do you have any inside information on why American Atheists remains unwilling to join the Secular Coalition? I am still curious about that, and I have a hard time wanting to support them until they join the Coalition.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com FriendlyAtheist

    I’m not sure what the reason is for AA not joining the Secular Coalition. However, I think that’ll change soon enough. AA has a political action committee (GAMPAC) that can endorse candidates, but it doesn’t have lobbying power.

  • Richard Wade

    This chart really needs to have a legend besides the five octagons on the right. (Which shouldn’t be inside the frame because they are confusing) Do the sizes of the rectangles represent membership size? When some rectangles are inside others does that mean they are owned, affiliated or just aligned with the larger rectangles? What do the colors mean? Why are some yellow, green or blue? Does the partial overlapping of the American Humanist Association green rectangle over the Secular Coalition for America yellow square mean some kind of special relationship? Why are some small groups connected by lines and others not to the “Universe of Local Groups?” And what is that? Is that a formal group? I never heard of it. Why is it a pink oval? What do the dashed lines between some groups mean? Does the up-down, left-right placement in the frame mean something? If Camp Quest is on there, should the Carl Sagan Academy be included?


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