[quote author=“hopee”]This is why I want to get a secular group going that doesn’t put atheists in a negative light and show people NOT ALL ATHEISTS ARE THE SAME!!! It’s hard to get that through with the other group shouting all atheists are hateful towards religions.
CFI-OC does provide a lot of support and advice. Personally, I am a big fan of developing a “mission statement” and sticking to it. It seems that you are seeking to create an organization that promotes tolerance and equality of beliefs. Spell it out when you craft the constitution (usually mandatory for student organizations that seek school funding); and have a good idea of what the organization will do.
That being said, CFI-OC strongly promotes critical inquiry into all endeavors. This often has us questioning religion, though other sacred cows are approached as well. Walking the line that has you saying “atheists don’t hate the religous” & “please come to our talk on why intelligent isn’t science.” (Of course saying ID isn’t science is not an attack on the religious, but it can and will be seen that way—ID is just one example too) is all a matter of presentation and professionalism. That’s where leadership comes in. If you don’t want to be seen as condescending, then don’t be. It may take some time, but it will come through.