Crystal Dervetski of the Minnesota Atheists has a terrific writeup of what anyone can do to promote atheism. She goes in depth in her article, but here’s a brief excerpt:
First, be positive! There’s nothing worse than a negative atheist, mostly because that is exactly the atheist stereotype: doom and gloom, mean-spirited, angry with the world. So don’t be!…
Be open-minded and willing. You won’t ever learn new things or meet new people without, at least at times, just going for it…
And what if you want to go further than that? Some people want to organize atheists locally — starting a Meetup group, for example.
Crystal has tips for you, too, based on her own experiences:
When Vic and I organized our first “Pub Night: Think and Drink” for Southern Minnesota Atheists, I think we both had rocks in our stomach. What if no one shows up? What if people didn’t like it? What if people didn’t like us? What if they didn’t like each other? The list of worries went on and on.
I’ll add a few suggestions to her list:
Don’t be creepy.
Don’t hit on the lone female who shows up.
Don’t make it about religion-bashing only — that gets old real fast.
(Thanks to Bjorn for the link!)