No doubt Barack Obama threw atheists a bone by referring to “non-believers” in his Inaugural address. But how big of a gesture was this? How much did it actually mean?
What is the proper response?
Should we act like this is a big deal and thank Obama publicly? Send out press releases praising him for including us? Jump up for joy because we were mentioned at all? Act like we have now reached the mountaintop?
Or should we chill out because this really isn’t that big of a deal? Should we think less of it because he only briefly referred to us — minutes after Rick Warren was given center stage to deliver a Christian prayer? Perhaps we should wait until he does something *really* worthy of our applause, whatever that may be.
I’m not sure what the right reaction is.
His mention of us was nice. But that’s not entirely the type of change atheists are looking for.