How Would You Change American Atheists?

With a new leader, American Atheists is in a transition state.

Communications Director Dave Silverman wants to know what suggestions you have for Frank Zindler and the AA board:

We have a new leader and a new direction, and it’s your turn to say what you like/ dislike about the organization. Let Frank and the Board know what you think! We want to know!

So let him know!

My first suggestion? Get AA to join the Secular Coalition for America.

And then update that website of theirs…


[tags]atheist, atheism[/tags]

  • http://gretachristina.typepad.com/ Greta Christina

    My suggestion:

    For the love of all that is beautiful in this world, don’t discourage atheists from voting. The fact that we don’t have many atheists running for office (and none in the Presidential election) does not mean that the elections will not affect us and the issues we hold dear. There is an enormity of difference between an elected official who has religious beliefs but also believes in the separation of church and state, and an elected official who actively promotes the de facto theocracy our country is moving towards.

  • David D.G.

    What Greta Christina said. (Except for the use of the word “enormity,” which means “great evil” — though, on second thought, that sort of applies here, too!)

    ~David D.G.

  • bernat

    I would get a better acronym. Associating atheists with alcoholics :/

  • http://www.bolingbrookbabbler.com William

    Let the members vote for their leaders. AA is no longer the mouth piece for Madalyn O’Hair.

  • Kate

    YES, don’t discourage them from voting. A solid attempt at a MAJOR public image overhaul is needed…get going on that, as well.

  • http://skepticalmonkey.com Ted Goas

    Ask all atheists to consider a form of agnosticism, perhaps militant agnosticism. We gawk at theists who claim ‘to know that God exists, listens to prayers, performs miracles, etc.’ Why are they so sure he exists that they base their life upon a series of unprovable ideas?

    Well, what makes us atheists so sure we’re right? I think atheism has a more convincing argument, but in the end I don’t know and I’m ok with that.

  • Maria

    Ask all atheists to consider a form of agnosticism, perhaps militant agnosticism. We gawk at theists who claim ‘to know that God exists, listens to prayers, performs miracles, etc.’ Why are they so sure he exists that they base their life upon a series of unprovable ideas?

    Well, what makes us atheists so sure we’re right? I think atheism has a more convincing argument, but in the end I don’t know and I’m ok with that.

    good idea as well as the not voting thing (i.e. don’t tell people not to vote!). Also I’d say be more inclusive of freethinkers and skeptics who don’t necessarily consider themselves atheists.

  • http://badidea.wordpress.com/ Bad

    I’ve found AA to be remarkably clunky when it comes to having any idea what most atheists think or believe (and don’t believe), or even the history of atheists and atheism. You often get the feeling from them as if atheism began and ended with their organization. I think they really need to undertake some soul-searching on their mission and purpose on this score.

  • http://blackskeptic.wordpress.com blackskeptic

    1) improve the website (yes, i know it sounds superficial, but i hate that site)
    2) link themselves to some sort of humanist group (perhaps have a section of the site that links to the aha) and other atheist organizations. it’d be nice if there was more interconnectedness/networking. i think aa should link to a humanist group b/c i think it’ll be important to have us linked to an ethical organization so that different aspects of atheism are acknowledged.
    3) be more active. more “youthful” (not necessarily young, but fresh).


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