So the Sacramento Freedom From Religion Foundation is getting a lot of shit for the billboards they put up around Sacramento. People are saying that it’s “proselytizing,” “evangelical atheism,” and that “atheists are shoving their beliefs down others’ throats.” Many are asking why this campaign is necessary.
It’s necessary for people like me. When I was around 14 or 15 I realized that I just didn’t buy into my religion.
I spent YEARS thinking something was wrong with me for not believing in a higher power/religion. I searched for a religion that fit me – maybe I just hadn’t found the right one yet.
This campaign is out there for people who may be feeling like I did so many years ago. It might have helped me so many years ago. It needs to be out there so that people like me don’t feel so alone. You don’t believe in (a) god(s) and that’s okay. It’s perfectly fine. Here are some others who are like you, and we have a nice community here in Sacramento. (Well, mostly nice. But that’s a different story.)
It’s not an affront to religion. It’s an affirmation that atheism is okay.
This billboard campaign is also to show that atheists are people and to dispel stereotypes. Atheists aren’t baby-eaters, murderers, angry people incapable of love, or angsty teenagers who are mad at god. Atheists are your next door neighbors and we have morals. I’ve been asked why I don’t murder people and I’ve been honestly told that I’m not actually atheist – I’m just mad at god. No. I’m an atheist. It’s a perfectly valid (lack of) belief, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
I posted this the other day in the Sacramento Freethinkers, Atheists, and Nonbelievers group and it was met with a lot of warm reception and the sharing of very similar stories. It’s really emphasized to me why this is important: there’s a lot of people out there with similar stories.