How a Local Humanist Group Emerged in a Very Conservative Area March 4, 2014

How a Local Humanist Group Emerged in a Very Conservative Area

Rachael Berman shares a fascinating story about how an Idaho community with virtually no (public) Humanists became a community with an active group consisting of 120 members (and counting):

Palouse billboard from 2012

In 2009 the American Humanist Association (AHA) had only two members in the area surrounding Moscow-Pullman, located in the region of the Pacific Northwest known as the Palouse. With the assistance of an anonymous donor, the AHA launched a continuing and concerted effort that included billboard, newspaper, online, and radio ads, along with a large multi-day event for Darwin Day each February…

The ongoing effort in the Moscow-Pullman area to bring humanists out from hiding shows that it can be done as long as there is a willingness to make a sincere and prolonged effort. There are humanists everywhere, including in places where anti-humanist hostility is the norm. Sometimes all it takes for a humanist awakening is to provide the method for them to find each other.

True, not everyone has the benefit of a donor or billboard campaign, but pretty much everyone has access to Facebook or Meetup. All you need is one person willing to take charge: set up a place for people to meet, advertise the heck out of it (and let national organizations know what you’re trying to do for additional support), and you might be surprised how many people show their interest.

Berman also points out that all this took place in a very conservative area, making it all the more reason to get a group for atheists going. They have nowhere else to turn!


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