Does Size Matter? October 22, 2007

Does Size Matter?

Yes, if we want to be taken seriously by Congress, says Secular Coalition for America lobbyist Lori Lipman Brown:

You should have seen the U.S. senator’s eyes widen when I told him that there was a national atheist conference with 550 participants and a waiting list of 600 in DC last month (Atheist Alliance International). I’m often asked on lobby visits, “How many people do you represent?” During my first two years as director of the Secular Coalition for America, there has been an incredible increase in numbers of nontheists throughout the United States who affiliate with organized groups.

So, when it comes to clout in Congress, and in society … yes, size does matter. And the active and “out” status of affiliated nontheists does matter.

The more people willing to be open about their atheism, the more influence we can have.

And if you’re in Washington, D.C. next June 9th, you can visit your representatives with Lori during the SCA’s second lobby day, amusingly named “Secular Activists Voices to Educate Day” (SAVED).

The first SAVED event brought a small, but highly motivated and influential group of citizen lobbyists into Congress. We are still using the contacts made through those visits in our lobbying.

If you’re available and interested in meeting your reps, contact Lori here. A meeting isn’t guaranteed, but the SCA can at least try to set one up. Even if it’s just with staff, it’s a chance to get the atheist viewpoint heard by someone who pays attention to what goes on in the rep’s own district.

(via Rant & Reason)

[tags]atheist, atheism, Humanist, lobbyist, House, Senate[/tags]

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  • Mriana

    Where do they get these numbers that 93% of the population of the U.S. believes in God and 7% don’t? I wonder, if like the numbers here, it is actually higher. No one gave me a survey and asked me. So the percentages make no sense, but the numbers here make a little more sense to me. I’m willing to bet the number of non-theists in this country is more than 7%. I would dare say it is as low as 12% and maybe as high as 15%. Unless you were to throw in those who say they are spiritual, but not religious then the number would be even higher. That is just my opinion.

  • Carol Smith

    Even more impressive than a conference with 550 attendees and more turned away due to space considerations, is in mid-October, just two weeks after AAI’s D.C. convention, FFRF’s convention had 700 attending!!

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