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Ask An Atheist Day

Posted Apr 18, '13 at 1:26pm

MageGrayWolf

MageGrayWolf

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Today is "Ask An Atheist" day, an opportunity for atheists to dispel stereotypes and answer honest questions.

"National Ask An Atheist Day is an opportunity for secular groups across the country to work together to defeat stereotypes about atheism and encourage courteous dialogue between believers and nonbelievers alike. The event is intended to be an opportunity for the general public - particularly people of faith - to approach us and ask questions about secular life. It is our hope that encouraging participation on a national level will raise awareness of the event and We're encouraging all SSA affiliate groups to participate at whatever level they are able!"
http://www.secularstudents.org/askanatheistday

"A couple of years ago on National Ask An Atheist Day, a high school student’s mother was so offended that atheists were answering questions during lunch periods that she removed her kids from school that day… because nothing scares religious parents more than the thought of kids getting their questions about faith answered by people who aren’t going to feed them the standard church lines.

The annual event, taking place this Thursday, is great for giving atheists the opportunity to dispel stereotypes and answer honest questions without being combative or defensive " a scary thought for anyone who thrives on spreading rumors about who we are or what we believe:"
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyat … -thursday/

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Posted Apr 18, '13 at 7:31pm

partydevil

partydevil

5,091 posts

WTF, you guys need a special day for that? WEIRD!!!

 

Posted Apr 18, '13 at 8:20pm

SubZero007

SubZero007

401 posts

I don't believe ask an atheist day is going to be a big thing on Armor Games, merely because most of the active population is either atheist or agnostic, and the remaining believers will attack you with pathos rhetoric no matter what day of the year it is.

 

Posted Apr 18, '13 at 8:33pm

master565

master565

3,874 posts

Would you rather have a bible or a bilbo?

http://www.tolkien-online.com/images/Bilbo_smoking_a_pipe.jpg

 

Posted Apr 18, '13 at 10:04pm

wolf1991

wolf1991

3,061 posts

Mage please tell me this is a joke... I mean what stereotypes exist? Aside from the fact that we're all religion hating nutjobs.

 

Posted Apr 18, '13 at 10:30pm

Xzeno

Xzeno

2,082 posts

Aside from the fact that we're all religion hating nutjobs.

Which is, to be fair, on Armor Games a pretty accurate generalization.

I'm glad this exists. People tend to have misconceptions about people not in their religious groups and this seems like a good way to be educational without too much fear of coming off as overbearing, which is a criticism often leveled at atheists. I think it's a largely unfair one, but who cares what I think. It's a good political move. I like that it focuses on education and mutual understanding, not demanding that people think something, but rather inviting them to approach you.

So since thursday is mostly over, how did it go, Mage? Any good questions? Was the overall experience positive? I assume you participated.

 

Posted Apr 18, '13 at 10:39pm

MageGrayWolf

MageGrayWolf

9,667 posts

Knight

Mage please tell me this is a joke... I mean what stereotypes exist? Aside from the fact that we're all religion hating nutjobs.

Having no morals, not believing anything, worship satan, secretly believe in God, atheist because of bad experience with a church and/or a religious person, atheist because of trauma, are all communists, are all arrogant, doesn't believe because they want to do whatever they want... etc.

Would you rather have a bible or a bilbo?

Bilbo's fine until he goes all "GIMME THE RING" on you.

http://www.heligirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/evil-bilbo1.jpg

 

Posted Apr 18, '13 at 10:43pm

MageGrayWolf

MageGrayWolf

9,667 posts

Knight

So since thursday is mostly over, how did it go, Mage? Any good questions? Was the overall experience positive? I assume you participated.

My experience would have been mostly either here or on facebook. Since I'm not really a big hitter in the atheist community as a whole, I didn't really have people coming up to me and asking questions.

 

Posted Apr 19, '13 at 5:00am

Masterforger

Masterforger

1,633 posts

I don't need 'ask a' days. I just ask people questions. For whatever reason, I feel no need to wait a year to get questions answered.

 

Posted Apr 20, '13 at 4:28pm

HahiHa

HahiHa

4,959 posts

Knight

, not believing anything,

I've been confronted with that a few times... sort of annoying that people think you're a nihilist just because you don't share all that religious stuff.

I don't need 'ask a' days. I just ask people questions. For whatever reason, I feel no need to wait a year to get questions answered.

I don't think you got the purpose of such days. "Ask a ___" days are not supposed to be the only time you can ask. It's great that you ask whenever you feel like it. Such days, for me at least, are just here to remind people that usually don't ask questions. I like the word used in Mages first quote: "opportunity".

 
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