Great article in today’s (4/27/2009) NY Times: More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops. Here is the 1st two paras:
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Two months after the local atheist organization here put up a billboard saying “Don’t Believe in God? You Are Not Alone,” the group’s 13 board members met in Laura and Alex Kasman’s living room to grapple with the fallout.
The problem was not that the group, the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry, had attracted an outpouring of hostility. It was the opposite. An overflow audience of more than 100 had showed up for their most recent public symposium, and the board members discussed whether it was time to find a larger place.
The article also provides a link to a survey that a heard about in a podcast, i.e. American Religious Identification Survey. Here is the most interesting excerpt from that:
To illustrate the point, Table 1 shows that the non-theist and No Religion groups collectively known as “Nones” have gained almost 20 million adults since 1990 and risen from 8.2 to 15.0 percent of the total population. If we include those Americans who either don’t know their religious identification (0.9 percent) or refuse to answer our key question (4.1 percent), and who tend to somewhat resemble “Nones” in their social profile and beliefs, we can observe that in 2008 one in five adults does not identify with a religion of any kind compared with one in ten in 1990.
Of the major groupings, this is the highest growth rate of any other group. And, the large conventional superstitions (aka religions) declined.
For a bit of humor, check out Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (best to first click the About link, if you have not heard about this before).
For a more serious discussion, and more of a life philosophy, check out American Humanist Association. I’ve been a member for many years.
For an activist atheist organization, check out:
I listen to their weekly podcast. They have also put up some interesting billboards.
And, here is a bus sign in Madison, WI: