Video posted: “Diversity in the Atheist Movement”

May 2, 2011

At the American Humanist Association's 70th Annual Conference last month, I had the opportunity to discuss diversity and minority outreach as part of a panel session with two awesome atheist bloggers and speakers: Greta Christina of the eponymous "Greta Christina's Blog", and Jen McCreight, the "Blag Hag".  Jen started by discussing how the movement could do a better job of being inclusive to women; I followed that by talking about why we don't tend to attract many people of color and how we all can work to change that.  Greta then discussed the relative success the secular movement has had in creating a welcoming environment for LGBTQ individuals, and how we in the secular movement should learn from the LGBTQ movement when it comes to diversity and inclusivity.  The short presentations (well, mine was the longest—darn that ten-minute suggested presentation limit!) were followed by a robust Q&A session.

The Secular Student Alliance organized the panel as part of their innovative Leadership Track, which focused on topics of particular interest to student and off-campus organizers including fundraising, media outreach, and high school organizing.  It was good to see that so many people consider diversity and inclusivity issues to be a serious part of outreach and organizing, and I was honored to be invited to share my perspective at the session.

Comments:

#1 Max (Guest) on Tuesday May 03, 2011 at 8:16pm

Create a welcoming environment for conservatives while you’re at it.

#2 DebGod on Wednesday June 01, 2011 at 3:32pm

@Max, that is indeed difficult, depending what is meant by “conservatives”.  Certainly, there are economic conservatives and libertarians of some stripe or other who are involved in the movement, including in important leadership positions.  But it doesn’t seem to me that there are good secular arguments for the views that many self-described conservatives hold on issues like same-sex marriage and abortion.

I have to agree with a recent post by PZ Myers on this (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/05/i_get_email_83.php), as I think that the freethought movement *must* embrace certain progressive ideals, which puts us at odds with some conservatives (again, depending on what one means by that).


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