This is not just a thought, it's a rally call. Religions have holy days, days where the members must do, or not do, a thing, or things, to show their allegiance to their cause, which they call faith. Often these are called Faith Days. As atheists we do not have these opportunities to show our equally strong and valid No god viewpoint, or to likewise take time off work for that purpose.
I propose that we, the atheist community, should collectively select a day in the year when we can show our allegiance to our cause however,
As that cause is essentially nothing - we are
'For NO god'
as opposed to
'For a god'
I propose that the day should be spent in silence, the absence of communication, debate.
I feel it would be an exceptionally peaceful expression of our position, which would be no more demanding, or socially disruptive, than people going missing from the workforce hither and thither to worship their chosen voodoo.

The day?
I reckon it should be something significant,
Silence on Dec 25th may prevent the many family rows that day spawns, but I suspect it would be perceived as argumentative to hold it then. I think the best thing would be to hold it on the day when the world started to grow out of the superstitious nonsense.

The day the great Charles Darwin was born...
February 12th Atheist Day of Silence.

  • Any Suggestions for a more suitable day?
  • Is it too late for this to happen in 2010?
  • Is it even a good idea?
  • Have we as Atheists got the collective balls to stand alone in our communities and be silent?

Answers on a postcard please! LOL Or better still - Join the Facebook group Atheist Day of Silence

This is one of the Too many questions

PEACE Crispy

Please leave a comment - Anything will do The best communications are often, THREE WORDS OR LESS OR ONE OR MORE FINGERS!

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Comment by Crispy Sea on February 5, 2010 at 2:10am
Loren - I am atheist because I (and everybody else) was born that way and as such I have no interest in 'making' everybody believe the same thing, my only interest is that everyone knows the truth.
For me, the faithful are only faithful because they have been lied too about reality.
I am absolutely FOR each and evry individual (GLBT and S) having the freedom to be diverse. However, sexual diversity is a human reality and not the same as the divesity of delusion which religion's promote.
I also like the GLBT community - I see them as kindred - they have to 'come out' at some point in their life in a similar way to us atheists.
I am absolutely against doctrines, and their equally abhorrent proponents - I just want everyone to know the actual truth of reality.
All my blogs are about attempting to get those faithful to see the fake in their faith.
I am not pushing anyone to take part, I just thought that it would be a powerful message to those who are fearful of announcing their atheism in their communities, if others (possible those respected within those communities) publicly displayed their atheism in a peaceful way.
Comment by Loren Miller on February 4, 2010 at 5:24pm
Just what I said, oh thou crisp one ... for all I've seen, the theists aren't much for diversity, not in their general populations, not even in their belief sets. They don't like the GLBT community very much; they clearly don't like US, and considering their strident efforts at proselytism, it's pretty evident to me that they want EVERYONE to believe the PRECISE SAME THING. They give every appearance of being scared to death of diversity.

I guess I'm not down with that. I LIKE diversity, I LIKE the GLBT community (I happen to be a member thereof!), and belief never worked so well for me as KNOWLEDGE did ... so I'm not much for belief either ... and I'm not likely to shut up about that or them, absolutely not when someone's in my face, attempting to "save," "convert," or otherwise rescue me from reason, logic and discipline.

As I said, will pass on this particular puppy, thankuverymuch....
Comment by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on February 4, 2010 at 4:49pm
I think theists would love it if all of the atheists shut up for a day. They might even encourage us to shut up permanently.

I can see celebrating Drawin Day by wearing something emblematic of evolution - a fossil picture on a T-shirt, a baseball cap with a darwin fish, a piece of jewelry made from a fossil tooth (that last one is stretching it - but I do have a nice fossil sharks tooth that I inherited).

Or celebrate solar solstices and equinoxes that show our connection to the cosmos and relation of our planet to the sun.

It's hard enough to speak up. I already voluntarily shut up over and over again to keep the peace in various settings.

I'll pass as well.
Comment by Crispy Sea on February 4, 2010 at 4:44pm
salve their fear of diversity Loren?
Comment by Loren Miller on February 4, 2010 at 4:41pm
I have thought about it, Crispy. There have been times when I took a day of silence because I could. I was in a circumstance where speaking wasn't absolutely necessary and it was a refreshing experience. HOWEVER, I will not keep silence when theists and idiot-children of assorted stripes want to superimpose their stupidity not just on me but the rest of the country if not the rest of humanity to salve their fear of diversity.

Nope, sorry, gonna pass on this one.
Comment by Crispy Sea on February 4, 2010 at 4:27pm
Think about it peeps, a whole day when every atheist refuses to speak, scientists, teachers, policemen, doctors etc. all just silent.
darwin was just a suggestion, others have so far been descartes, voltaire, summer solstice
Comment by Little Name Atheist on February 4, 2010 at 8:32am
Have we as Atheists got the collective balls to stand alone in our communities and be silent?

I personally don't have balls, being born female (just like Hypatia), so it looks like I'll have to sit this one out.
Comment by Craig on February 4, 2010 at 8:07am
Ya the gays have the same thing. I refuse to shut up for what I don't believe in. That's what they want.
Comment by Staks Rosch on February 4, 2010 at 7:59am
No, I don't want to encourage the view that Darwin was the atheist Jesus especially when I consider Hypatia of Alexandria to be the atheist Jesus. Besides, we have Blasphemy Day (Sept. 30th).

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