I found a good way to spend some of the money that I would have spent on Christmas presents…
Rock Beyond Belief’s upcoming festival at Fort Bragg draws a lot of inspiration from the Out Campaign, launched by Richard Dawkins.
Via Out Campaign:
The OUT Campaign allows individuals to let others know they are not alone. It can also be a nice way of opening a conversation and help to demolish the negative stereotypes of atheists. Let the world know that we are not about to go away and that we are not going to allow those that would condemn us to push us into the shadows.
As more and more people join the OUT Campaign, fewer and fewer people will feel intimidated by religion. We can help others understand that atheists come in all shapes, sizes, colours and personalities. We are labourers and professionals. We are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers and grandparents. We are human (we are primates) and we are good friends and good citizens. We are good people who have no need to cling to the supernatural.
It is time to let our voices be heard regarding the intrusion of religion in our schools and politics. Atheists along with millions of others are tired of being bullied by those who would force their own religious agenda down the throats of our children and our respective governments. We need to KEEP OUT the supernatural from our moral principles and public policies.
While not everyone on board with RBB identifies as an ‘atheist’, with some preferring ‘humanist’, ‘naturalist’, ‘agnostic’, ‘freethinker’ or some other form of non-theistic identity. These are mostly overlapping circles, with many (like myself) able to claim all of those labels. We are all united to ensure that the Separation of Church and State is upheld, and to smash the stereotypes and myths about us.
One of the most common myths that demean non-believers in the Military is: “There are no atheists in foxholes.” If you happen to hear this BS, you can point right to my picture. Or you can point over to this growing list of foxhole atheists.
I identify most closely with the ‘Atheist’ label, and I’m really happy with the ink. Ironically, the tattoo artist who drew it had the word “YHVH” inked on her wrist. I recognized it as the Greek way of spelling YHWH which is the Hebrew spelling for the name of God. We laughed about it and she just got right down to it.