I have a few atheist-themed shirts. Like the ones that say, “I found Jesus… he was behind the couch” and “Dinosaurs didn’t pray hard enough”…
I don’t wear them very often. Can’t wear them at work for obvious reasons. I guess I could wear them on weekends if I’m out, but even now, I feel weird about that. Probably because the atheist shirts I like to wear mock religion instead of simply stating that I’m an atheist.
I’ll be changing that soon. Somewhere in my closet, there must be shirts that just say I’m an atheist. There’s no reason I should be worried about wearing them.
Even if it’s not the “safe” thing to do, that’s no reason to not do it. At some point, I just have to let others get used to it. And hell, I consider myself outspoken. How can I say that if I refuse to wear a shirt that says something as simple as “Atheist”?
Dave Silverman used to wear those kinds of shirts in public:
I got feedback — LOTS of fedback, most of it negative. I could hear people talking behind my back (supposedly to each other, but loud enough for me to hear). I got looks, and sneers, and and occasional gesture.
He did meet a couple people who loved the shirt, but not many.
It’s a much different story now:
These days, it goes without saying that the shock factor is totally gone. I am NEVER approached anymore by someone who has never seen another atheist. I ALWAYS get a nearly 100% positive response, and I hand out a lot of cards to those who approach me.
Do you wear pro-atheism clothing?
Do you get responses? What are they like?
(via No God Blog)