When my grandmother was in the hospital last year, dying of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease, she asked the nurse if she (the nurse) was saved. The nurse said "no" and my grandmother said something to the effect of "well, I'm saved and unlike you I won't be going to Hell". I'm sure it was the Alzheimer's talking, as, normally, my grandmother felt that religion was a personal thing and would never tell someone they were going to Hell.
well if I am dying just remind me im nothing more than wom food that will get pooped back int the soil to grow an apple tree that will give someone poisoning for your next paycheck, LOL. just kindding by the time my tre has grown youll be dead to... MORBID, ain't it???
That's what can happen if you disclose your disbelief. You may be fired from your job.
In fact by law it is required that you believe in religion X to work for organization X - That is one reason why "W's" faith based initiative is so dangerous. In reality you would have to believe in religion X before you could eat according to that initiative.
In the United States, atheism is still associated with the last existential threat the country faced, the late, unlamented Soviet Union. Sorry GOP, but Islamofacism doesn't qualify. Yet. With the collapse of the USSR, there is less hate, but the distrust remains.
I suspect that there are a lot of morally weak people out there whose only restraint is "Even if you think you got away with it, it's still all written down in God's Big Book." When such a person realizes that there's nobody Up There, he becomes really dangerous, even if he maintains a hypocritical piety to prevent his victims from seeing past the sheep's clothing. When he is revealed as an atheist (usually before a jury), we all get tarred with the same brush.
What sort of outreach program(s) does Atheism have? Anything at all? How many of us have given any kind of public presentation on atheism? Are there any resources available for this?
I think we have a zillion pro atheism/ freethought groups, but absolute no national cohesion or agenda to speak of. We are defined by our enemies, not by ourselves. And we have only ourselves to blame.
And I am as guilty as anybody - I have done no community presentations. I really wouldn't know what to present, or how to generate enough funds to allow me to do such a thing. ( Room/AV fees, travel expenses, etc)
I think we have done enough navel-gazing. Isn't it time for some action?