‘A’ Week Begins!

You all asked for a reminder, so here it is: Today begins A Week!

Show others that you’re an atheist and proud of it. Start some conversations with people who may not know what the OUT Campaign symbol is all about!

A Week is not about being disrespectful to religion or people who have religious views, it’s about quietly showing that there are more people than may be [realized] who are ‘Good without God’ and who don’t need religion to influence their lives.

So make this your Facebook profile picture for the week:

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  • Tizzle

    I don’t ever use my fb page for politics at all. I hide people who do, and if they are assholes (tea party type) I delete them. I am trying to encourage my religious family to use the site, and this could backfire.

    I suppose I could make it my twitter photo.

  • cut.throat.jane

    my husband finally let us “come out.” Everyone else knew we didn’t believe but his family and about a week or two ago, he agreed we could finally update our facebooks to match our views. I will defiantly be sporting an A for my fb pic!!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ChristopherTK ChristopherTK

    O.K.

  • http://brickwindow.wordpress.com/ Brick Window

    I did it. I am very out on my FB, so I guess I won’t be getting too many comments about it. Most people tried to avoid engaging me there; I’m not gonna lie.

  • Ben

    I just changed my profile picture. It will be interesting to see if the number of “friends” decreases. I’m just tired of being silent.

  • NotYou007

    Done and done. I used the one with the date. I’m also going to post this link.

    I’m very open about being an atheist but none of my family or friends will discuss it.

  • NotYou007

    Ben Says:

    March 20th, 2011 at 6:58 pm
    I just changed my profile picture. It will be interesting to see if the number of “friends” decreases. I’m just tired of being silen

    I thought the same thing would happen but nobody ran away, nobody asked me questions either but my friends list, which is a tad less than 40 stayed the same.

  • Rich Wilson

    The vast majority of my FB friends know I’m an atheist. And they range from atheist to Mormon. A few of my recent fringe friends (people who decided to friend me based on something I said via a mutual friend) may not, but they will soon.

    I’m planning an atheist themed update per day for the week. Today’s is this great bit from Neil deGrasse Tyson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFShuhq-YD0

  • Sinfanti

    Done. I’m waiting to see if I get shit from anyone. This will definitely be the most “out” thing I’ve done yet. I’ve noted my friend count at the beginning of the week. We’ll see if it changes.

  • Erik

    I’ve got my profile pic changed. I do wonder how some of the people on my friends list will react. Most know I’m an atheist as I’m not shy about it, though I don’t think any of them realize just how out I actually am about it. It would be good if I could get some conversations going with some of the more evangelical types that I know.

  • Jenn

    Done! I’m pretty open but no one really discusses it with me. It’s pretty sad actually. I wish I could set up my own booth for “Ask an Atheist” with my friends and co-workers…but that’s not really appropriate. I guess this is the next best thing.

  • ScarletA

    I”m always wearing my ‘A’ ceramic necklace, but everyone always thinks that it’s the University of Arizona A!

  • Liz

    I’ve changed mine. I’m quite “out” so not worried about responses.
    It’s pretty sad that people get offended when someone expresses their religious/lack of religious views. It really shows a lack of maturity.

  • Nakor

    I think enough of them know. The most I figure I might get is a “why are you bothering to participate in something like this?” sort of comment. But what the heck, either way I add to the numbers, right? Thanks for the reminder Hemant!

  • http://www.houseoftherisingcake.ca Sally

    I’ve been WAY out for a long time, much to the chagrin of some family and friends. I’ve made this my profile pic while listening to my also atheist BF argue the existence of god with his fundy sister. Quite fitting. :)

  • cut.throat.jane

    I”m always wearing my ‘A’ ceramic necklace, but everyone always thinks that it’s the University of Arizona A!

    I have strangers come up to me all the time thinking it’s my initial, which it’s not, and they tell me it’s pretty! I always thank them, I don’t have the guts to ever tell them. One day I hope someone stops me, knowing what it actually means.

  • Bradley
  • Josh Evolved

    All of my facebook friends know I am an atheist; in fact I call myself an unabashed atheist. I routinely enact in dialogues about religion with my friends and their friends on facebook. Which is why I my facebook profile image is now that glorious A.

    If they can’t respect my philosophy then they aren’t my friends which makes them irrelevant in my world.

    As I believe family is nothing more than genetics and sticking with them simply because they are family is illogical. If they are assholes or bigots I want nothing to do with them, regardless if I share genes with them. If they respect me then I’ll respect them, it is always that simple.

  • Andi

    My FB info page says that I’m an atheist and I think all of my friends know it. We sent ‘Darwin Day’ cards this year (instead of holiday cards in Dec.) to about 90 friends and family. I post atheist FB posts now and then. I wish I could come out daringly, but I’ve been out for a long time now. (I’m lucky in that I am surrounded by enlightened and supportive friends and family.)

  • http://tech-o-potamus.blogspot.com hipopotamo

    I’m listed as “Atheist” on my FB profile (previously “agnostic”) and I post atheist related comments everynow and then. My close friends know my beliefs. If any, they’ll think I’m becoming more militant.

  • Liz

    I can only hope people get offended and delete me! So many people from high school add me…people I’m not even friends with, people I wasn’t even friends with in high school =P It’s actually quite annoying. Not to mention the fact that many of them are constantly posting religious stuff..ugh.

    And if anyone is wondering why I don’t delete them, I DO and they just keep adding me back. *sigh*

  • AxeGrrl

    Josh Evolved wrote:

    As I believe family is nothing more than genetics and sticking with them simply because they are family is illogical. If they are assholes or bigots I want nothing to do with them, regardless if I share genes with them. If they respect me then I’ll respect them, it is always that simple

    I completely agree with your sentiment….but for me, the word ‘family’ doesn’t necessitate blood relation ~ for me, ‘family’ just means those we love, accept, support and actively nurture……

    and those who do the same for me.

  • Brian Wood

    I never disrespect another human being unless he/she gets in my grill.

    Respect for religion is another thing entirely. I don’t respect the belief that canned beets make women bowlegged, nor the faith that badgers are really poached eggs, nor the faith that a tacked-up part of a three-piece suit of “gods”™ is my savior.

  • Sue D. Nymme

    Here is the comment I wrote to accompany my profile picture change:

    Most of my friends and family know my religious views, so this won’t be a surprise. I am an atheist. Have been for something like 20 years. If you are not an atheist — that’s fine! I’m not here to attack your beliefs or try to convert …you. I just ask that you respect our beliefs. Or if you can’t respect, at least tolerate.

    “A week” is part of The Out Campaign (http://outcampaign.org/). It is a chance for atheists to stand out in the open, show solidarity for each other, and (hopefully) to show everyone just how common atheists are.

    Hardly a week goes by that I don’t hear insults, slander, slurs against atheists. You hear it from news commentators, blog posts, ad campaigns, and even in person. People say things about atheists that would never be tolerated if they were said about blacks, gays, Jews, Catholics, etc.

    We’re not monsters. We’re not destroying the fabric of society. We’re not immoral or amoral. We just have a different foundation for our morality than religious people generally do. Religious people start with a religious text or tradition, and adapt that basis with their own humanity and culture. Atheists skip that first step, formulating morality from their interactions with, and respect for, other humans in society. This is called “humanism”. Atheists are every bit as moral and immoral as everyone else — which is to say, there’s a lot of variation. Almost all of us are fine, upstanding citizens with a strong moral core… and a few of us are slimeballs or jerks. Just like any other slice of society.

    See https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Humanism for more information on the ethics of humanism.

    More people than you suspect, probably, are atheists.

  • Troglodyke

    I’m “out” on FB already, so it wasn’t a big deal to change to the pic. But I imagine I’ll lose a few friends, which bothers me not at all.

    I rarely post “outright” atheist status updates. I hate it when religious people yammer on about God in theirs’, so I don’t do the nonbeliever equivalent of it. Maybe that’s cowardly? I’m not ashamed of my lack of belief; I’m just trying to take the high road.

    I have no desire to disrespect the beliefs of people I care about, but yeah, enough is enough. I’ve been out as a lesbian for 25 years, so coming out as an atheist just seemed natural.

    So many people from high school add me…people I’m not even friends with, people I wasn’t even friends with in high school…And if anyone is wondering why I don’t delete them, I DO and they just keep adding me back. *sigh*

    Liz, no one can add you back as a friend on FB without your permission. Just keep hitting “ignore” and they will go away eventually.

  • Gregory Marshall

    Do I have to use that “A” or can I just use the scarlet “A” I am currently using and used last year?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

  • Jeff Sherry

    I’m not an expert Gregory, but you can use any “A” that suits you.

  • Claudia

    I changed it, but I don’t really think I’ll change any minds. I think I have a grand total of two believers on my friends list, and both of those are well aware of my opinions.

  • Liz

    @Troglodyke

    I know, I know. But when I ignore them over and over and the keep adding me I feel like I’m being mean =[ I was too nice to everyone in high school, and it’s hard to reject people who think I’m a cool person, despite them only knowing me from a few classes or through mutual friends.

  • Indi

    Although the campaign is nominally Facebook-based (with some Twitter stuff thrown in for good measure), I’ve extended it to open social-media platforms like Status.net (Identi.ca) and Diaspora*.

    If you’re on Diaspora* or Status.net (whether it’s Identi.ca or not), join in! If you’re on Status.net, you can use the same Twitter hashtag (#aweek11).

  • dave

    I might do this. I’ve only “come out” to a few people. However, I will do a check on the number of friends I have, and see if that starts to decrease afterward.

    And, on a related note… How do I change my avatar here on the FA?

  • TH

    I’m not on Facebook, but I just made a post on my Livejournal that people here might be interested in, here.

  • http://librarianguish.blogdrive.com/ Anne

    I was just describing to my unabashadly atheist husband how it’s taken a bit of time for me to come out. I’ve gone from 1/4, to 1/2, to 3/4+ confidence in my openness of my non-belief. I think I’m going to be at 1.0+++ very soon!

    I thank you, and PZ Myers, and Jerry Coyne and everyone else who have helped me settle my mind.

    Cheers!

  • GaR

    I’m using last year’s red A. I just think it looks sharper 😀

  • Mike Gio

    Hey all,
    I changed my picture to the A yesterday but I felt that it wasn’t enough to only do that. Most of my friends and family know that I am an atheist so it wasn’t a surprise to them, but I also posted a note with links to the A week website and to the Out campaign. In the note I also explained what I think the purpose of this week is and why I was participating in it.

    My mother, always taking the debate-bait, jumped in with something about all good things being God and such. Of course this started a debate between her and I.

    In so much as a debate/conversation starter, I think the A picture is a decent idea.

    Mike