Rachel Johnson

Atheist Blogger- the godlessvagina / Podcaster the pink atheist

A Unified Atheist Nation. What Are We So Afraid Of?


The idea of unity in the atheist arena seems to scare the wits out of some atheists. I would have thought unity was a great thing, and just a few years ago came into being an atheist all wide eyed and happy like a child. I have never changed my stance on what I think we are and who we should be, but I have noticed the hesitancy on the part of many agnostics/atheists to unite for anything and everything. So I thought it was time to beg the question. Why are we so afraid?

Some people seem to think that unification means we all have to think alike and act like zombie drones of the hive. The old one mind, one behavior notion. That is far from the case here. One thing atheism has in spades is the colorful decent of various minds at work. We come in every race, color, creed, gender, and idea. We are as hard to get together under one umbrella as two people who don’t speak the same language. This seems to be the product of religion, and its influences. People became disillusioned with religion and looked for answers. The ones they got led them to being atheists, and they left the hive mind to never return. So when someone suggests a lead and follow idea, people are quick to run the opposite direction.

The ideology here is not a dogma, though, and I want to assure you of this. Look at how many people want a community. Not a leadership which directs us. We all want to be part of something good, but never return to those days when someone told us how to think. I can assure you there are people who have tried, and failed in our crowd. What we are asking though is a different kind of unity. The kind where you gather, enjoy the fact you are not alone. Share some common ground and return to where you were unaffected, and unchanged. That kind of unity continues to paint the rainbow that is atheism, and allows all of us room to grow.

“But what you really want is for us all to think and act alike.”

No, what we all want is just strength in numbers. We are outnumbered by theists, and their strategy which is fully being unveiled during this election is unity for the cause, no matter what they have to unite under. As long as they can be the tsunami which crushes atheism and our need for the wall which separates church and state. No one wants us all to act alike. No one wants a conformist mentality, and no one wants you to be something you are not just to count among the ranks. In fact your diversity, your individuality, and most of all you inner you are what make being an atheist so great. The fact is that we don’t have to see eye to eye, but united people are often more hard to oppress.

Atheists never need to be conformists, nor do we need to create and play by each others rules. What sets the tone for one atheist might be far from the perfect idea of another, but one thing we all have in common is the lack of beliefs in gods. It may not seem like much, and in fact is not, but it is a start. The rest is up to the person themselves. But we don’t need to tell each other how to think, act behave, react, or be atheists. All we need to do is stand up for the most important thing we have and that is the desire to share our voices, and have our place in this world. We should be able to live free of fear. We should be able to say who we are and walk down the street with our heads held high. No child should ever be ostracized for what their parent doesn’t believe, or the lack of a church to guide them. Instead we should all share a united equality. That will take a lot of hard work and strong effort ont he part of all of us. Silence can never be the method we use for that. Nor can denial, or bowing to dogmatic ideas. One thing is certain, every chance religion has been given in the past it has used to corrupt and control all of society. It was the reason for the dark ages, and reason brought us out of them. We must never return to that place again.

Author: Rachel Johnson

I am a writer about atheist issues. Separation of the church and state. Women and their right to choose, and sex. I talk about all of the "taboos" of modern life as well as evolution and science.

4 thoughts on “A Unified Atheist Nation. What Are We So Afraid Of?

  1. I’m not afraid of shit. I’ve joined just about every Atheist organization out there. I think our real problem is publicity. We need to advertise more just like the religious. We need to bring our funds together for important issues. We are not doing that. And as long as we are not doing that they win. We need to get a large sum of money into a cause that we can all agree on. And keep doing it quarterly. Like letting secular candidates know that we support them. I could ramble on. But you get the point.

  2. Those are some fine ideals, but I don’t know how to maintain a group larger than a local group where there is face time. If you were to hypothesize that for any given topic at random there are 10% of the population that agrees with you. Well, after saying hello and ‘yeah, I don’t believe in gods either’ we’re right back at getting along with 1 in 10 people, and that is just for that topic. When diverse people have a cause they can cooperate but the problem with atheism is that it is not a cause. It’s not a goal. It’s not a world view, or anything that we can say gives us common belief or views.

    I don’t think you’ll get anyone to rally around not believing in something, there has to be some values attached to get people to rally. Think of it like this, try to get all the people who don’t collect stamps to form a community based on the fact that they don’t collect stamps. Do you think that would work well?

    This is why atheists are, in general, also humanists or some other grouping that has a world view. Something that has a direction and goals. Atheism isn’t one of those things. Not in my opinion.

  3. It reminds me of a quote by Richard Dawkins in “The God Delusion” :

    “Indeed, organizing atheists has been compared to herding cats, because they tend to think independently and will not conform to authority. But a good first step would be to build up a critical mass of those willing to “come out”, thereby encouraging others to do so. Even if they can’t be herded, cats in sufficent numbers can make a lot of noise and they cannot be ignored”

    I have joined Atheist Foundations and Organisations, but Atheism is the lack of a belief and the reason people have come to that conclusion is never the same. Some people have opted out of belief because they can’t reconcile ‘one true religion,’ some because of historical inaccuracies and others because of scientific reasons – the list goes on. We have taken our journeys individually, so I can see how it would be difficult to continue down a road as a group.

    I agree that our voices need to be heard more often and that we can’t sit quietly and complacently as those with religious convictions preach on, but we don’t need to do it in the same way they do. We don’t need fire and brimstone preachers in big churches – we need calm, logical rationality on a daily basis – wherever we are and whomever we’re with.

  4. As an atheist I don’t need shared equality. By the way what exactly is shared equality. As an atheist, I do earned my living by working and by doing business with others whether theist or atheist. I have no problem dealing with theist in business and work. Why do we have to unify just like that of theist in their religion? What is an atheist view in regards to morality, politics and economics? That is what an atheist must know. Is his/her views are the same that of theist then what is the point of being atheist?

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