Great Christina raises some important questions in another terrific post:
What is your mission statement?
I’ll add a few more:
What is our endgame as atheist bloggers?
Do we want religion to become eradicated?
Do we want more theists to treat atheists and atheism with respect? — This would involve the notion that laws would not be passed based on religious beliefs.
Do we just want to rant?
Personally, I feel like I’ve done something worthwhile when I hear from people who say this blog has helped them come to terms with their own atheism. Or even if they remain religious, being part of the conversations here has allowed them to loosen the grip that religion had on their lives.
It’s also nice to hear from people who may not feel comfortable with a more in-your-face approach to atheism that some of our talking heads (or typing hands) employ, but they don’t mind the tone that they find here.
It’s not perfect. I know some of you don’t think it’s always friendly and don’t like some of the things on here — I’ll be posting about that in a few hours. It’s a work in progress. It’s a fine line between respecting religious people and criticizing their religious beliefs. Sometimes, it’s very easy to do the latter with no regards to the former. And I’ve tried to take steps to make sure religious people — at least the more “liberal” of them — aren’t afraid of coming here and joining in the conversation. Again, more on that shortly.
Over time, the site will get more consistent and focused, and hopefully, it’ll allow more “borderline” atheists to be comfortable coming out of their closet — They would feel that the postings on this site reflect the way they think and they’re ready to say so publicly.
So why do you blog?