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The atheist blogosphere has been having some growing pains for a few years in response to participants in the movement (such as it is) increasingly making it clear that they are not all straight white cis men and would love to participate on the same level as straight white cis men, but not all of the SWCM see this as a reasonable thing. From the amount I follow things I wouldn't say this has all come to a head in any recent incident, but apparently now is the time that the right voices came together to say the right things, and Atheism Plus has been born.

We are...
Atheists plus we care about social justice,
Atheists plus we support women's rights,
Atheists plus we protest racism,
Atheists plus we fight homophobia and transphobia,
Atheists plus we use critical thinking and skepticism.

Participation in the atheist blogosphere is not high on my list of life priorities, but there are some people whose work I have found worth it to follow and inform me on these topics as a side effect. I feel I've always worked to meet the above list of "pluses", and given I also participate in The Brights because I believe that community in atheism is important, I'm happy to jump on this bandwagon. A+ for me, please!

A few more useful links for researching Atheism+:

on 24 Aug 2012 19:27 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] jessiehl.livejournal.com
I'm really glad that this is happening, but I've been a little put off by all the people who have essentially said that they like the atheist label better than the humanist one because they're anti-theists.

I'm an atheist and a secular humanist, and the atheist label is important to me for some of the reasons that Ashley Miller says, but I'm not an anti-theist. I wish people would stop assigning baggage to the atheist label that isn't inherent to it.

December 2012


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