Atheism is the lack of belief in a God, a higher power, a deity. There are those hardliners that say that’s all it is, and all it should be. Technically, yes – I see that. My lack of belief stems from there being no concrete evidence for the existence of a god, any god. However, my passion for the cause comes from something entirely different.
If it just comes down to arguing the existence of a god or not, I wouldn’t advocate for the cause. People can go back and forth all day long about whether there is a god or not, but both sides are using different qualifiers and different definitions, and it really doesn’t amount to anything more than spinning your wheels. Yes, you might help someone chip away at their beliefs, and that’s good, it’s important. I’m glad there are people out there that know the Bible back and forth and can have these kind of arguments. That’s just not for me.
For me, if I had to simplify it into its most basic form, this movement is about equal rights and there being less harm in the world. I mean equal when I say equal; I would go to bat for someone’s right to pray if that right was being taken away. I would also go to bat against government mandated prayer. The difference being that what one does in their personal time with their body is their choice; whereas the government is representative of all people, and therefore cannot cater to a religion. My view on equal rights expands far past the separation of church and state; it’s about marriage equality and ending racism, classism, agism, ableism, and sexism.
It’s also about there being less harm and hate in the world. Religion breeds hate. The Bible is absolutely full of harmful ideas about women being lesser than men, about homosexuality being wrong and unnatural, and about blindly accepting things to be true without ever questioning or exploring or finding out on your own.
It’s these ideas that I fight, and I will continue to fight until this kind of illogical, unreasonable thinking is the minority. Or until I die, whichever comes first. It’s not just about whether or not there is a supreme being playing one giant never-ending game of chess with all of us.
So yes, I’m an atheist and I speak out about atheist issues. I’m also a feminist, an advocate for rights, and a humanitarian. They’re intertwined and connected in a way that makes it difficult to separate them out, and quite honestly I don’t want to.
That’s it in a nutshell; why I am an activist, why I speak out, why I organize a freethought group, and why I will continue to do so. My hope is that someday, there will no longer be a need for it. That’s when my mission will be complete.