why hasn't this happened sooner?  much like the LGBT community, we have friends, coworkers, and family who don't know who we really are and that they know someone who doesn't believe in the supernatural.  once more people know that a person who they accept into their circle is a non-believer they won't judge atheists the way many currently do.  

let's make a commitment to inform one person every Monday that you're an atheist.  maybe on a national level, American Atheists or the Freedom from Religion Foundation could make it an annual day.  i'm thinking Darwin's birthday but i'm open.  and being open is the point.  there's little reason to hide anymore.  "the nones", of which we're a bigger part than tends to be reported, are up to 20% of the population in the U.S.  let's make sure people know they already accept atheists.  they just don't know it yet.  

on a community A/N level, let's make a club.  tell someone you know that doesn't know your beliefs that you're an atheist.  on a larger scale, let's reach out to national atheist groups and see if this isn't something that they would be interested in - a national Tell Someone New You're An Atheist Day!

what say you?  who's with me?

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sk8eycat, I'm wondering how the moron missionaries would react if you were to smile, say something like "Oh, I long ago put away childish things" and close the door.

Do you think they would recognize Paul's words in 1 Corinthians?

I'll have to try that statement on the next door-knockers that bother me.  Thanks Tom.

Tom, I think the moron missionaries would recognize that scripture.  I would have when I was a moron, and I wasn't even a good scriptorian (Is that a word?).

Is scriptorian a word?

Idaho, how can it not be a word?.

In the OED, a scriptorium is a room set aside for writing and scriptoria are two or more such places. In Latin, the um and a are singular and plural endings.

Pushing my tongue firmly into my cheek, a modernized name for an inhabitant of scriptopria would be "scriptorian".

I love word play.

Sounds good Felaine.  I hope she's thinking, mostly for your sake.

I will if I see someone on Monday's!  I'm home a lot. I might have to do it another day!

do it any day.  or every day.  say "hey, did you know i'm an atheist?"  then move on.  

I will! :)

I'm with you, Matt, and think this is a good idea. I was hiding my atheism from my bosses, but I believe they found me out and this is why I'm not working right now. I had a good record and they are big theists.

As for telling someone new that you are atheist, I told the man who owns the property next door to me just last week. He's not religious and knowing my belief must not bother him. He is building a 3 apartment complex next door to me and still keeps some of his tools on my back porch.

Hm-mm, he trusts an atheist?

sounds like he may be one himself, Mike.  

For a couple of years I was part of a local skeptics group.  One member liked wearing atheist-theme T shirts for her mall walking and other outings.  She said she had both positive and negative reactions to her shirts.

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