Following in the footsteps of Rep. Barney Frank, Penn & Teller, Bill Maher and members of the symphonic metal band Nightwish, comedian Julia Sweeney has recorded a video explaining why she’s “openly secular”:
I’m urging you to just say you’re openly secular… You’d probably be surprised how much of an affect it has on other people. I’ve had so many people come up to me and say once I admitted that I wasn’t religious, it gave them the feeling like they could say that [too].
I love how honest she is about the harsh connotation of the word “Atheist,” and why alternatives might help make the idea more palatable for other people. Sweeney is behind the excellent one-woman show “Letting Go of God.”