21st July 2008

“Somewhat like gays of a generation ago, atheists today are unlikely to suffer overt discrimination so long as their atheism is kept relatively private. But should one publicly express one's atheism, particularly in a political context, then the scorn of the majority will quickly be felt.”

David A. Niose

5 Responses to “21st July 2008”

  1. captainzero1969 Says:

    Assuredly true. One of these days I’d like to press to have the benediction at our state house (CA) read by an atheist. Even here on the left coast I anticipate quite a lot of resistance.

  2. Bill Says:

    I have to disagree with this. Perhaps this was true of the former generation, but I enjoy discussing the matter at my private catholic university where 97% of the population not only disagrees with me, but actually has knowledge of their side. I never feel scorn… but perhaps I just enjoy the controversy.

  3. Bill Says:

    oh, but my point was that it is nothing compared to what the gay community has had to go through.

  4. BoomerChick Says:

    There was a story in the news about a man who personalized his automobile license plate with the word “ATHEIST”. This was newsworthy because believers in God were outraged and the scorn of the majority was quickly felt. He acquiesced and changed his license plate to something mundane.
    I have a dog named God. She’s a bitch.

  5. CaptainZero1969 Says:

    Bill – here you go:

    Protests when a hindu was invited to give the congressional benediction. American Taliban at work.

    “Atheists? I’m not even sure they are Americans” – George HW Bush, while president.