Is Atheism Becoming Cool?

April 29, 2009

Lots of folks have already seen this, but it you haven’t checked out the front-page story in Monday’s New York Times ( http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/us/27atheist.html?_r=2&hp ) or the follow-on story on the LA Times blog ( http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/04/are-athiests-becoming-the-hot-new-political-force.html ), please do. It’s a major media coup for Secular Humanists of the Low Country, a longtime member of the Council for Secular Humanism’s network of local groups. A recent announcement from the Council (available at http://ga1.org/secular_humanism/notice-description.tcl?newsletter_id=23085645&r =) said the following:

 The Council for Secular Humanism congratulates Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry, a local group affiliated with the Council and based in Charleston, S.C., for securing such prominent coverage in a front-page story in Monday’s New York Times . “Secular humanists, atheists, agnostics, and other Americans who lead value-rich lives without religion are coming out of the closet and overcoming average Americans’ prejudices against men and women who live without invisible means of support,” commented Tom Flynn, executive director of the Council and editor of its magazine Free Inquiry . “We commend the Times and reporter Laurie Goodstein for their evenhanded coverage, and Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry and its founder Herb Silverman for their work in helping to secure this coverage.”

Wow, I finally figured out how to write a short blog post!

 

Comments:

#1 Ben Radford on Wednesday April 29, 2009 at 11:32am

Tom, you have always been an icon of “cool atheism” (and Santa hating, but that’s a different matter).

#2 Darsha (Guest) on Wednesday April 29, 2009 at 5:18pm

I do not think atheism should be referred to as cool.  “Cool” sounds like something an uneducated rube would say because they cannot think of a better word.

I do think, however, that more people may be willing to consider the ridiculousness of religious belief.

#3 liberalartist on Thursday April 30, 2009 at 9:01am

Are atheists cool? Well, I was never very “cool”, even as a teenager, but perhaps it is becoming a norm, something that is better understood and acknowledged? That would be a good thing!

#4 asanta on Sunday May 03, 2009 at 9:15pm

I agree with post #2, ‘Coolness’ implies that you are doing it without thinking through the reasons why. You would end up with some idiots pingponging from theism to a-theism and back again without any real understanding as to why.

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