UW-Madison Atheists March in Gay Pride Parade

Last weekend, the Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics (AHA!) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison marched in the Wisconsin Capitol Pride parade in support of their LGBT allies:

Atheists for the win :)

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Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Margaret Whitestone

    Good for them!

  • Agnostic

    Minority trying to impose their will on the majority.

    • Thorny264

      If that “will” is equal rights  then hell yes we want to impose it.

    • Margaret Whitestone

       Oh, do elaborate on how people are trying to make you be gay.

    • nakedanthropologist

      Like with desegregation.  Gotcha.  Still a win!

    • P. J. Reed

      In what way are your rights being restricted by some people marching in a parade?

    • Edmond

      It’s too bad that this majority you speak of wants rights only for themselves.  I’d much prefer the philosophy of a minority group which wants rights for themselves AND for the majority.

      But, you’re technically wrong.  The number of people who OPPOSE equal rights are no longer in the majority.  So now YOU’RE in a minority, too.  Welcome.  You ought to hope that your minority is treated better than they’ve treated other ones.

      • Anonymous Atheist

        * “this majority you speak of” = “this minority you speak of”

    • Glasofruix

      You still here? At least change your nickname to Fundie, that’ll reflect better your limited understanding of the real world.

    • http://dogmabytes.com/ C Peterson

      There’s a very simple test you can apply in situations like this. If they get their way, how are your rights materially affected? If you get your way, how are their rights materially affected?

      Even less than rights, if they get their way, how is anything in your life materially affected? It’s a serious question: if you can demonstrate some actual negative impact you’ll experience, I’m prepared to take your objections more seriously.

    • onamission5

      Yes, being treated like human beings is such an imposition. How dare they/we.

    • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

      Sometimes the majority is a tyranny. Sometimes the status quo is stagnation and petrification.  Consider that every basic assumption that you take for granted, every commonly held, wonderfully positive idea that you cherish as so obvious and self-evident was at one time seen as a radical, dangerous minority idea, proposed by lunatics and/or malignant criminals. Very often those ideas were at first outlawed, but by their own virtue they eventually prevailed. 

      Sometimes people can change their minds, and within their own lifetime come to repudiate as bigotry and ignorance the assumptions they at first passionately  defended as so true, mainly because they were in the “majority” at the time.

    • JohnnieCanuck

      Are you sure that you aren’t too sure of yourself to be what you claim to be?

      From what I’ve seen of you so far, I’m going to suggest you try changing your ‘nym to Arational. Truth in advertising, if you like.

  • http://www.rebewithaclause.com/ Rebe

    Nice job AHA!  Great signs, too.

  • Amy

    Yay for my alma mater!  On Wisconsin!

    Love the literate, amusing posters! (and the guy who looks like Jesus – LOL). I love that it’s just not “atheists” but “atheists, humanists and agnostics.”It’s hard not to turn into a liberal if you live in Madison long enough. They’re just so happy! (and stoned) It starts with a pair of Birkenstocks, and then suddenly you’re eating rainbow Oreos to make a political statement :)

    My husband and I are going to Madison in a few weeks for a football game – I’ve threatened to stay and turn into one of those hippies who just never saw any reason to leave in 1968,

  • GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    Can someone please tell Patheos to go back to the old layout, where we could read the entire article without having to do click-throughs (i.e., only being able to read the first sentence or two and then “[Read More]“).

    The old format was MUCH more convenient and made it MUCH more likely that I would read all the articles.

    The current format makes me ask myself “Which of these articles, if any, is worth creating a pop-up to a new tab?”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6OE7LEYELE4MZTVXGZUSVTBFUI julie

      As someone who usually flips out every time my favorite websites change format, I actually don’t mind this too much. Before it was really frustrating because if I wanted to check up on comments from a post a day ago, I would have to go back two or three pages. Now the posts take up less space and are easier to access.

      • onamission5

        ITA, and I too do not often like change.

    • Donalbain

       I don’t like the two columns format at all. What is the correct reading order? Down to the bottom then up, as in a newspaper, or along, then down, then along?

      • Anonymous Atheist

        It is top-to-bottom first column, then top-to-bottom second column, like a newspaper. There are currently two posts from Aug 23 at the bottom of the second column; the first column and the rest of the second are all Aug 24.

      • http://www.facebook.com/abb3w Arthur Byrne

        Chalk up another non-fan of the two-column format… even with the question answered.

        The shorter summaries to insure click-through is fine with me.

    • Pisk_A_Dausen

      I don’t see a “read more” link here on the FA blog (I don’t read any other Patheos blogs). They annoy me too, where they are used. Although even without them there’s room for more than 4 posts on the front page, IMO.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      This was my request. I get paid if people click on posts and I’ve been pretty lenient with full RSS feeds and whatnot. So I wanted to see if this format would make a difference. Bear with me while we test it out? :)

      • MegaZeusThor

        My only problem with it is that we don’t see any images without clicking. Images attract the eye and get people to click. (Before people had to want to comment or read comments.)

        TL;DR: Nothing wrong with posts requiring a “read more”; try to expose some images.

      • allein

        I don’t mind the “Read more” part so much but I’m not crazy about the two columns. Then again, I usually just click through to the next post from the previous post rather than going through the main page.

  • onamission5

    AHA! Love the acronym. Good on them.


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