Here’s a question that came up over the weekend:
Why don’t atheists ever protest? Or boycott? Or demonstrate? — on behalf of atheism, that is.
Surely, there are issues we all get worked up about. Still, when foxhole atheists get discriminated against or we’re forced to pledge allegiance to a nation “Under God” or politicians say nasty things about us, we may write letters, post on our blogs, or make some phone calls… we may even get some media attention.
But we don’t force others to listen.
That’s a key difference between our movement and the civil rights movement (gay and African-American) to which we often compare our own struggle. You want to know why it’s not a fair comparison? They were more passionate about their fight.
Why does the push for rational thinking and atheist acceptance not evoke the same type of emotion?
Those other groups (and their allies) can get worked up enough to make a scene and bring attention to the cause.
Are we relatively apathetic? Is there any issue that would get us out onto the streets en masse?
While we’re at it, someone should *really* set fire to themselves in response to something. Because that would just be freaky cool.