I’m a big fan of the Openly Secular campaign. Today, on Openly Secular Day, they have a challenge: tell one person you’re openly secular. Easy for me, I’ll just go ahead and tell a few thousand, but you should click the link and sign the pledge as well if you can do it. 🙂
Now that that’s out of the way, I think this is a spectacular idea for a number of reasons
One thing the gay rights movement has so incredibly right is they want people to come out of the closet. They realize for some this is quite a challenge so they encourage anybody and everybody to contribute to a support system for, well, anybody and everybody. They do this because when people come out it can have more power than any argument. It can be ludicrously difficult to argue someone into believing gay people aren’t sick or evil, but knowing a gay person, especially if that person is your parent, sibling, best friend, etc. can change even the most impenetrable mind.
So it can be with atheists. So it must be.
2. Separation of Church and State
I know David Silverman will disagree with me (AND THEREFORE WE ARE MORTAL ENEMIES AND HE IS THE OPPONENT OF ALL THAT IS GOOD!), but religious people can be openly secular. Being secular doesn’t mean you’re an atheist. Just look at Barry Lynn or Rebecca Florence Miller. Telling somebody you’re openly secular is a great chance to open the conversation about how separation of church and state is one of the greatest things to ever happen for religion (and societal harmony, for that matter).
3. Discover new friends
There will be people today who wind up having this conversation:
“Hey, it’s Openly Secular Day and I wanted to tell you that I’m openly secular.”
“Wait, are you an atheist.”
“Yeah. Heh, surprise!”
“Me too! Holy balls, I thought I was the only one!”
There’s more of us out there than you might think. 😉
Happy Openly Secular Day, gang!