So this idea just sort of hit me. We the Atheist community are against the attempted theocracy that the religious lobby's attempt to create day in and day out. I think we need to join other fights other than just the basic ones. Many of us, I have gauged from discussions posted on this site, support things such as Gay rights. It doesn't have to be just Gay rights. Anything that you feel like protesting, if you go to these events we need to get groups of Atheists who support other causes together and unify showing our community's support of their community. I have come up with a preliminary t-shirt design to be worn.

Remember the protests against the Beijing Olympics? I supported it, China has so many human rights violations, and to give them the privilege to host an international peace event was a mockery and a joke. It was disgraceful and while most people love competition and the national pride and had no concern for what was going on behind the curtain in China the truth was, people need to realize there is a cost for everything and people have yet to acknowledge the abuse and destruction in Tibet, and the lack of basic rights for Chinese citizens.

So what I propose is unify a group of fellow Atheists and support causes, and let them know we are there for them. What are you doing is bringing them to our side also. The Gay community is fighting the persecution of homosexuals by the military. We are fighting the persecution of Atheists by the military. What if they two communities unified? The voice would be a lot louder.

What do you all think of this idea?

I was kind of inspired with this Idea while I was watch the film "Milk." Excellent movie.

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Comment by Reggie on May 30, 2009 at 5:28am
People love t-shirts almost as much as they love basic, human freedoms. I suppose it is one way to "herd cats".
Comment by Frank on May 30, 2009 at 5:34am
very funny observation...and thinking about it, I will do about anything for a free t-shirt if it looks cool.
Comment by Reggie on May 30, 2009 at 8:55am
Also, since atheism is not a belief system per se, this idea would be better geared towards a group that is positing a set of beliefs like Humanists. Although I think it would be great if atheists did unite to combat these civil iniquities, I think it just extends beyond the definition of atheism into other realms. But I, too, love a cool t-shirt.
Comment by Frank on May 30, 2009 at 1:19pm
You are right, one group can't claim to represent the views of all Atheists. Yet a group of like minded Atheists can rally together and make their presence known. I also think these groups should not stop at just protests, they should be out together working on service projects. The ultimate goal is to build a strong bond with your community where you are respected and seen as a positive aspect of the community. From there people who question their faith are more like to open up to you.
Comment by Miles Donovan on May 30, 2009 at 11:23pm
The Beijing Olympics, I was not in support of the protest. In order to improve the situation in China, we must incorporate them further and further into the global community, weasel our way into the nation. If China is made increasingly open to the outside world, it will change.
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on May 31, 2009 at 7:43am
Can we have a check box for the causes we support and leave blank the ones we don't? It would really drive home the fact that we aren't sheep but we do have a lot in common.
Comment by Reggie on June 1, 2009 at 12:32am
I'll be check marking the "t-shirt" box.

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