Debbie Walker urges everyone to become a “Capital A” Atheist and — Grammar Nazi issues notwithstanding — I couldn’t agree with her more:
I think there are a lot more little “a” atheists out there than we realize. People who don’t have anything to do with any religion yet haven’t made a stand, a commitment to Atheism. Since I’ve “come out” loud and clear, I’ve had a few friends tell me they’re thinking of coming out too. I’ve had several other people tell me at least I’ve made them think about their choices. I’m willing to bet my regular readers are thinking about their choices more.
But now I’m just sick of it. I’m sick of those people interrupting my regular life. I’m sick of those people making laws intruding on everyone else. I’m sick of the hypocrisy, the double-standard, the women-controlling, gay hating, I’m automatically better than you because I believe in some speshul ree-ward after I die therefore I-can-force-people-to-do-what-I-want-while-I’m-here-ness of it all.
That’s why I post articles about those people’s FAILURES to be decent human beings. That’s why I speak out.
I have become a capital “A” Atheist.
What are you waiting for? Even if you don’t feel comfortable coming out to your family and friends, you can start speaking out online anonymously, or go to a local atheist group’s meetup, or (if you’re still attending church for whatever reason) start questioning your pastors after a sermon.
If you think we’d be better off in a society where religion doesn’t get nearly as much power and respect, you have to play a part by letting people know you don’t buy into the bull.
(Thanks to Dani for the link!)