Godless Girl doesn’t think that it’s that big of a deal to be an atheist:
Being an atheist isn’t a big deal. There are heaps of us … everywhere. I’m sure I see more atheists every day than I could ever guess, and these people aren’t any more cool or outstanding than I am. We’re just experiencing life in somewhat unremarkable ways, just like everyone else. We walk right past religious people all the time and no one explodes or runs away in panic. The world doesn’t end because we don’t believe in the supernatural.
Well, it shouldn’t be a big deal. But it has to be a big deal because the opposition is so fierce. I look forward to the day we don’t have to raise a fuss about the subject of god because it’ll be so obvious to everyone that gods don’t exist.
That day’s not coming anytime soon.
In the meantime, there are atheists who remain hidden in the closet. We’re demonized (and unelectable to public office as a result), we’re distrusted, and we’re constantly having to show that we’re on the side of reality.
I think we have to keep speaking and writing and debating and defending our positions. We’re right, they’re wrong, and the consequences are incredibly important.