This may not seem like much, but it really does matter.
Atheist Alliance International has a new project: a census of the world’s atheists.
The purpose of the project is to collect demographic information on the world’s non-religious people. The data collected will definitely help the secularist movement. We will have numbers – even if they are self-reported – to back up our demands on social, political, and legal issues. When we are able to demonstrate the strength of our numbers, we acquire clout.
From the FAQ:
Aggregated to the country level, the information collected by Atheist Census is freely available through the Atheist Census website so that atheists can demonstrate their presence in their own countries. AAI would be pleased to discuss other uses of the information with like-minded groups or individuals.
Even though the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Pubic Life recently tabulated its own numbers, this census will also collect useful information. To be counted, you will have to submit your email address and click on the validation link emailed to you. If you don’t click on it within 24 hours, you won’t be counted – although you can always try again.
AAI attempted a census last spring, but technical difficulties required the project to be put on hold. As luck would have it, before the new website had been active even a full day, it was the target of a denial of service (DoS) attack.
Does someone out there not want non-theists to be counted? Let’s confound them and get counted anyway. We’ll make ourselves count!