AFA Creates ‘Bigotry Map’ Showing Atheist Groups. Atheists Say Thank You.

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On Tuesday, the American Family Association, known for its right-wing stances on abortion, LGBT rights, and non-Christians, published a map of the US focused on calling out over 200 organizations they deem to be showing a deep intolerance for Christians through each group’s actions.  It was ironically titled the “Bigotry Map.”  The accompanying press release accused these groups of endorsing “efforts to silence Christians and to remove all public displays of Christian heritage and faith in America.”  The AFA went so far as to categorize the groups (in a non-bigoted way) into the following:

  • Homosexual Agenda: Advocates for the legalization and promotion of same-sex marriage and viciously attacks Christians who exercise their First Amendment right to voice support for God’s plan for marriage as between one man and one woman.
  • Anti-Christian: Actively engages in the complete eradication of the Christian faith from society, government and private commerce. These groups file lawsuits and use intimidation to silence any reference to Christianity from the public square.
  • Atheist: Does not believe in God and is critical of those who express their faith in public.
…and my personal favorite, due to it being an illustration that the AFA feels critical thought is inherently anti-Christian…
  • Humanist:  Believes critical thinking and physical evidence are the sole basis for beliefs. Humanists believe science triumphs faith in issues of morality and decision-making.
What was encouraging to me is that this map, despite pinpointing over 200 groups, was missing so many.  Organizations that I’ve connected with, such as my local atheist group, groups I’ve given talks to, and Center for Inquiry, an international freethought organization headquartered just over 50 miles away from me, weren’t included.  Based on just that information alone, I’m happy to make the assumption that so many more atheist, humanist, freethought, and skeptic groups are organizing throughout the country with their eyes focused on a truly secular government and public square.
It’s likely that this effort was a ploy for AFA to successfully drum up a fearful reaction from its base and bring in donations to fund a future imaginary “fight” against these horrible bigots so they can save America from the heathens and bring it back to God.  After checking out their Facebook page, I noticed three distinct reactions:
  • Christians freaking out about either the godless taking over America or the End Times upon us,
  • Nonbelievers asking the AFA to put their organizations on the map for some free publicity, and
  • Nonbelievers thanking the AFA for pointing out local groups they were previously unaware of.
Whether this ridiculous map idea backfires on the AFA remains to be seen, but the common feeling I get from the atheist community is that this attack on secularism is being laughed off by the nonreligious just like everything else the AFA and their tribe of Christian Persecution Complex alarmists come up with.
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Kevin Davis is the head writer and editor for SecularVoices, and the author of Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers, a book aimed at improving relationships between the religious and their atheist loved ones. Kevin is also the Executive Director of Young Skeptics, an elementary-level after-school program for kids focused on critical thinking. Guest bloggers are welcome at SecularVoices. Please email submissions to contact@secularvoices.org.

  • http://www.facebook.com/100003190637747 Joe Zamecki

    Yes, this map is already helping the Freethought movement. It’s directing individuals to groups in their area, when they had no idea those groups existed. This is a shot in the arm to our movement. :o)

  • http://gravatar.com/jeffjansen53 jeffjansen53

    What a great resource for us atheists! We should send them info about the groups they missed. :)

  • Chris

    Oh cool theres a good number in Florida, happy to see open mindsets grow :)

  • FRAP38

    This is a great resource. It really shows how atheism has spread. See, theists….. it’s everywhere, growing, and coming to a location near you!

  • http://survivingsuicideblog@wordpress.com kristijrn

    And a great resource for young people, trapped in the faith of their parents, to find support and resources.

  • Arthur Lum

    Hopefully the crazy fringe out there don’t get any ideas to attack meetings at the targeted sites. The Right-Wing manipulators wind up a few crazies and turn them loose to do damage. They’ll say they didn’t tell people to bomb the meeting hall it was that crazy person who did it. Plausible deniability via insanity. Maybe I’m just paranoid but isn’t that how they targeted Sen. Gabby Gifford?