Civil Discourse Between Atheists: A Concept Worth Promoting
I was recently interviewed by a journalist from Time Magazine on the subject of the Atheist infighting and my current project to promote a better way for us to interact. While this may have seemed like a great chance to spread a message of unity, I quickly began to think otherwise. To me, it showed that our infighting is being noticed by those who have the ability to spread a message of their own to a much larger audience and may not have our best interests in mind. As Atheists, we have enemies who would love to see us turn against one another, as some of us have done over the last few years. They don’t want to see us as a unified movement, they don’t want to take us seriously, and they certainly don’t want us to be able to spread our secular world view. If we are going to be talked about outside of our community, let it be for the positive message we wish to spread.
Currently the online flame war is overshadowing the secular message that brought us all together. The infighting has gone on far too long, and it is time we as a whole put a stop to the calls for division and replace them with civil discourse. We at A-News are not alone in this attempt; we have partnered up with or have been promised the support of groups and individuals such as The National Atheist Party, We Are Atheism, The Skeptical Libertarian, Dusty Smith of the Cult of Dusty, Mandisa Thomas of Black Nonbelievers, Nathaniel Hall of CFI, Sean Prophet of National Progressive Talk Radio, Brian Sapient of Rational Response Squad, and many more.
The first step in this process will be to host an online, live, and moderated discussion. Members of our community who have found themselves directly involved in this conflict and are willing to sit down with us in the hopes of finding a way to end these internal conflicts will be joining the discussion. To that end, we would like to invite all of you to join us at 8:00 pm EST on March 17th to watch and be a part of our project. The event will be moderated by AronRa, Amanda Brown, and Flash Kellish and hosted by Brian Allen and myself.
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Of course, if you are an involved party and wish to be a part of this project or represent a group who wants to support it, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on this topic you can check out my original post here