I believe there is a battle for the mind and ownership of America.
As a country of individuals who share ideals embedded in the Constitution and enlarged in other works there is an assault on our nation and individuality. That assault is from all people who value a holy book over the laws of the US and the laws of freedom.
These persons have gathered together under generals committed to over throwing freedom and atheism in America and instituting Christian, Sharia, or Hebrew law. Their power is in their vote and unremitting commitment to mold laws to fit their religion. They promote candidates who support their agendas and make a mockery of atheists and humanists with impunity. Atheists have options other than the present buffet at CFI, Freedom Fest, Reason, and conferences. Those options are public proclamations of many sorts in great gatherings and common, naturally emerging, ideals.
Numbers really don’t matter. Reality does. We need enough to protect ourselves so no one stands alone to be persecuted without end. I suggest watching the work of Harvey Milk in his righteous and effective battle for gay rights in California. The gay community has come much further than atheists in my opinion.
I suggest a well publicized meeting where person after person stands to proclaim an agreed upon phrase identifying them as a free from religion. This phrase must be carefully worded and widely promoted and publicly proclaimed widely until it rings a danger to politicians who take the side of religion in:
Outlawing abortion options
Denying LGBTQ rights to life and liberty
Preference of religion over science
Removal of birth control options
Teaching Intelligent design over evolution
Public funding of religion and tax breaks for the religious indoctrination sites aka Churches
And the list goes on.
It is the publicity that wins and publicity of real faces in mass wins big time.
Perhaps this is going on and I’m just missing it but…I see little evidence of anything but political battles of the few (atheists) against the many (radical believers in an alternative constitution: bible). Why go to battle without full power? Gather more publicly and with audible voice and be counted and the politicians will get it…they get votes baby.