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 ( https://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/us/27atheist.html?_r=2&hp ) or the follow-on story on the LA Times blog ( https://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 https://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!