‘A’ Week 2013 Is Coming Up

It’s once again time for A Week!

Join thousands of people from all over the world in a global shared experience. Display an ‘A’ as your Facebook profile picture or change your cover photo for one week starting 17 March 2013 to raise awareness of how many people are ‘Good without Gods’ and don’t need religions to influence their lives.

I’m adapting the rest of this post from what I wrote last year.

This isn’t about insulting or criticizing faith. It’s not about mocking religious friends. This is simply a chance to express the fact that you don’t believe in god, you’re a good person, and those two things are perfectly compatible.

I’m using this banner image for my Timeline:

There are several other graphics available here.

The usual comment from everyone is, “How will people know you’re an atheist if they’ve never seen the A before?” Well, hopefully, they’ll ask you about it and a conversation can begin. It has to start somewhere.

More information is here.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • allein

    I might make the plain blue A my banner (I never change my profile pic) but I doubt anyone would question it. It’s my first initial. :)

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    I still have the below as my banner pic. Been that way for sometime now but I will change it for A week but it won’t spark any outrage or comments from my whopping 42 friends.

  • Leonidas

    I’m probably not going to bother with it. Half my friends are atheists, and the other half don’t care. The joys of youth and majoring in a hard science.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    I like the letter S at the end of the phrase “good without gods”, since it underscores that there are at least thousands of different gods and puts theists on the defensive about why they picked one particular one out of all of those.

  • Helanna

    My facebook profile pic is still an A from last year . . . I keep meaning to change it back, but never got around to it.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    First year I did this I had one friend (who isn’t particularly religious) ask what it was, thinking it was ‘The Scarlet Letter’. When I explained he said “well that’s better, I guess”. Kind of non-committal, but we’re still friends.

  • Dezzydez

    Still have my “A” icon from last year. Let’s go!!

  • SecularMusings

    I’m not a huge fan of the red A. I’ve had too many people ask me if I’m an adulterer…

    • allein

      That’s partly why I’ll use the blue one (also blue is my favorite color).

    • Tainda

      I have the same problem with it. I don’t need a scarlet letter for them to mock too lol

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_Pink_Unicorn Anna

    I don’t have Facebook, but it sounds like a nice idea.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hans.schenker.9 Hans Schenker

    People know about my atheism and don’t bother me with that, but maybe that’s because I live in germany and not in the US. I have theist friends, agnostic friends and friends and people I know that are religious, but still nobody teased me or insulted me because of my atheism.

    So changing my profile pic is mostly just for me but I always try to promote that atheism is not a bad thing when I can, but I don’t do any specific thing because I don’t really have to in germany, but I respect every person that comes out as an atheist while living in a religious country like the US or Iran and wish them well.

  • http://twitter.com/LynGu1977 LG

    Well I just found out, a bit too late. I’ll participate next March 17th. (Why on St. Patrick’s Day?)


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