The Next Phase of the ‘We Are Atheism’ Project

Last year, my friends Adam Brown and Amanda Brown launched an “It Gets Better”-like campaign for atheists called “We Are Atheism“:

If you go to their website, you can see a bunch of inspiring videos encouraging other atheists to come out of the closet.

They’re now entering “Phase Two” of their operations. Far from sinister, it includes launching a Spanish language website in South America and gathering more stories from atheists at various conventions.

In order to make that happen, though, they need financial support. If you think this project is important and worthy of your donation — I certainly believe it is — then please send them some PayPal love.

About Hemant Mehta

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.

  • Annlumax

    From the comments I have read it appears that atheists are very proud of themselves. They claim intellectual superiority, higher education and income levels and absolute certainty(all-knowing) that there is no super-natural. I don’t understand why they are hiding in the closet from the ‘inferiors’. I take it that coming out means being combative and getting into the faces of others.

    • Edward Tarte

      Atheism simply means not believing in any god.. As an atheist I am open to any evidence that may emerge. In our society atheists are widely despised. For many ‘closeted’ atheists, coming out could mean loss of job, deterioration of family, bullying, threats, and/or much more. Coming out as an atheist does not imply being combative and “getting into the faces of others.”

      • dengo56267

        Edward
         How do you explain the existence of soul. I mean we have two parts
        1. a body
        2. a soul that can be logical, a lover, angry and so on.
        What do a materialistic atheist think about an invisible soul?

        • Anonymous Atheist

          Consciousness arises from complex interactions of physical phenomena within the brain. Brain damage altering the physical components can cause major personality changes. There is no independent ‘soul’.

    • Sindigo

      Though you’re an obvious troll and I would be amazed if you were trying to have a legitimate debate I would just like to pick you up on one thing. The idea of a “super-natural” is ridiculous. There can be no such thing as, once something is observed to exist, it becomes natural. Only fictional things can be super-natural; by definition.

    • Octoberfurst

        I am going to assume you are a theist so I need to point out that your claim that atheists know with absolute certainty that there is no supernatural is not true in the least. Show me some solid evidence of it and I will change my mind.
        I also need to point out that the vast majority of Christians I know are absolutely certain that God exists—100% sure.  (Despite all the lack of evidence.)  They even claim that nothing will change their minds.
        Atheists stay in the closet because being an atheist carries a stigma.  We are looked upon–unjustly–as immoral, anti-America, hateful and even as communists.  Telling people you are an atheist can mean loss of friendships, family members rejecting you, losing ones job, etc.  As our gay brethren did with their “It’s ok to be gay” campaign, we need to have our own, “It’s ok to be an atheist” campaign.
       I hope that explains it for you.

    • Baal

       I’ve usually see atheists bringing out the stats as a defensive measure.  Person 1 says, “Atheists are immoral and lack of morals is bad since people without morals do more crime.”  This argument is false for a several reasons, one reason is that the so-called immoral atheists are present in the prison population at rates much lower than xtians (who more or less follow population averages).

      As to the claim that atheists are fond of saying that there is nothing supernatural, yep I entirely claim that one.  Every claim ever to ghosts, oui-ji boards, astral spirit walking, ‘healing energies’ or the like has either been disproved or is not provable one way or the other.  It’s such a good heuristic that every single time someone claims to be able to levitate their cat or SUV, you know you can bet against it and come out ahead.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke, Blonde

    i’m sort of past my convention-ing days, but i encourage people who haven’t done a lot of them to check one out. it’s very uplifting to be in the company of people who think like you do, and sometimes there’s even valuable networking that can be done. 

  • José Reyes

    Something like this is SERIOUSLY needed in Puerto Rico.

  • M M Dayanand

    why are we trying to convince anybody about our beliefs. Here in india I have no issues. Born a Hindu ,am an atheist and a liberal one too. I do not question other’s beliefs. Let them have their crutches. Here I do not hide ( come out!!) People respect me for my beliefs.


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