You should have seen the U.S. senator’s eyes widen when I told him that there was a national atheist conference with 550 participants and a waiting list of 600 in DC last month (Atheist Alliance International). I’m often asked on lobby visits, “How many people do you represent?” During my first two years as director of the Secular Coalition for America, there has been an incredible increase in numbers of nontheists throughout the United States who affiliate with organized groups.
So, when it comes to clout in Congress, and in society … yes, size does matter. And the active and “out” status of affiliated nontheists does matter.
The more people willing to be open about their atheism, the more influence we can have.
And if you’re in Washington, D.C. next June 9th, you can visit your representatives with Lori during the SCA’s second lobby day, amusingly named “Secular Activists Voices to Educate Day” (SAVED).
The first SAVED event brought a small, but highly motivated and influential group of citizen lobbyists into Congress. We are still using the contacts made through those visits in our lobbying.
If you’re available and interested in meeting your reps, contact Lori here. A meeting isn’t guaranteed, but the SCA can at least try to set one up. Even if it’s just with staff, it’s a chance to get the atheist viewpoint heard by someone who pays attention to what goes on in the rep’s own district.
(via Rant & Reason)
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