I was asked recently what interfaith activists could do to reach out to non-religious people.
One way, I responded, could be to simply add the words “or no faith” to advertising. For example, “We are hosting an interfaith discussion for people of all faiths or no faith.”
But I added that I wasn’t sure it was possible at all.
There are a lot of atheists who don’t want to “cooperate” with other religions. They’re not mean or vengeful. They just see religion itself as the problem — it doesn’t matter which religion it is; they all advocate the same type of evidenceless-based-reason.
Why cooperate? they say. Why support the notion that religions can get along when their beliefs are mutually incompatible?
It’s a question of which outlook you prefer:
Or can you be both?