Why Atheists Have Become a Kick-Ass Movement You Want on Your Side
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It's hard to tell what this is about. Do social change organizations see atheists as toxic -- too controversial, too likely to draw negative attention, more trouble than we're worth? Or are these organizations simply unaware that atheists have formed into a serious social change movement -- and are growing this movement at a rapid pace?
If it's the former... then shame on you. In the early days of the LGBT movement, queers were far more controversial than they are now, and associating with queers was considered by many to be toxic. It was still the right thing to do. (Not to mention the smart thing to do.)
If it's the latter... then sit up. Pay attention. Atheists are here. In just a few short years, the movement has gone from zero to sixty, in both visibility and mobilization. And the atheist movement is largely comprised of people who are passionate, compassionate, courageous, Internet savvy, skilled at seeing through bullshit, willing to defy the status quo, excited about activism... and dedicated to changing the world. After all, as far as they're concerned, it's the only world they've got.
You want these people on your side.