Atheism+ and how I feel about it
I have been meaning to write a post about atheism, science, and politics for a while now. I have a half finished one sitting in my drafts folder on this site. But over at Blag Hag there has been a bit of a revelation in the world of atheism in the form of Atheism+. I coalesces what I have been thinking for a while about how our lack of belief doesn’t really bind us together that well. It is like a “no on religion” campaign that we just get together for the single cause and there is no lasting relationship beyond knocking heads with theists. What I find really binds me to my fellow heathens is the things I do believe in: rationalism, equal rights (women, minorities, LGBTQ), pro-choice, and a plethora of other progressive liberal items on my agenda.
I have also been finding that the more that I think about it the less I can separate my atheism from my politics from my academic life. So this idea really helps to solidify what I have already been feeling on the issues of diversity and sexism in the atheist community (we need the first and don’t want the second). I want my daughters to be able to join the community and not get harassed because they are beautiful and not be disdained because they are brilliant. I think that we, non-believers, need to have a platform that we can agree on to push for positive social change within our societies. We need to be able to look to each other and make steps forward in building a legacy of positive secularism because it is not enough to tear down religion and superstition we need to replace it with a egalitarian society.
Consider me sold on the idea of Atheism+