The O Project was conceived by Hamish MacPherson in 2005. Its mission is twofold:
- To champion the contributions that humanists and other non believers make to wider society in the fields of social justice, equality and human rights.
- To promote good relations and cooperation between believers and non believers.
This isn’t about trying to convert people to atheism; rather, the project aims to increase good relations and respect between religious and non-religious people.
There are atheists who think religious thinking warrants no respect whatsoever. In many cases, they are correct. But I do think you can respect certain aspects of various religions as well as many of the people who believe in religions.
Currently, The O Project is working on an endeavor called 100 100 100:
- First we will gather the names of 100 SUPPORTERS of the aims of the O Project, both humanist and religious
- Then we will get 100 BELIEVERS AND HUMANISTS engaged in dialogue
- Finally we will get 100 humanist VOLUNTEERS – taking on new voluntary work
Check out a video discussing the type of dialogue the project aims to support (It includes an excerpt from a posting I wrote a while back):
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