These ideas either get no traction or a ton of traction.
But I’d love to see it work.
The week of March 29th – April 6th, there’s a grassroots campaign to get atheists to put a Scarlet A as their profile picture on Facebook:
… this is not about shoving anything down anyone’s throats and it’s not about being disrespectful to people who have religious views, it’s about quietly showing that there are more people than may be realised who are ‘good without God’ and who don’t need religious doctrine to influence their lives.
My initial thought was: Why bother? No one outside the atheist community knows what the A means.
But that’s really the whole point, isn’t it?
Get your friends to ask questions about what the A means and get that conversation going. Ideally, there are some closeted atheists out there who will realize there are atheists everywhere and they will be compelled to come out in their own way by posting the image on their profile.
It’s a start. And it’s a really simple way to show your friends and communities that you’re an atheist and you’re proud of it.
(Thanks to Scott for the link!)