Recently there have been some high profile consciousness raising efforts by Atheists, namely the Atheist sign in the Washington state capitol next to a nativity scene, Atheist billboard campaigns on busses and subway trains, and an attempt to keep “so help me god” from being said during the inauguration of president Obama. Someone in a forum I visit said “Don’t they see, this just makes people hate them even more…”
Well what are we supposed to do? Sit down and shut up? I’m sure they’d like that very much, if we’d just stop causing trouble and go away. But we can’t. Not when we’re treated as second class citizens in a nation that was clearly established with the separation of church and state. We can’t shut up and go away when the beliefs of 1st century tent dwellers are being used to try and legislate people’s medical choices. Not when people are flying planes into buildings or blowing up abortion clinics.
No, we won’t get any closer to our goals of a healthy, secular society by sitting down and doing nothing, yet I don’t know what we’re supposed to do if everything else just makes people hate us more….