Sunday, October 31, 2010

Slow But Steady (AKA It Takes a Tortoise)

They say that slow and steady wins the race, referencing the Tortoise and the Hare fairy tale. So that's where we're at right now. I've gotten a surprising amount of positive feedback about the concept of spreading the 'good word' of atheists, but no one has given any indication yet that they will join with me and distribute these cards in their area. It's ok, I do understand. It's a risky thing to do. Being recognized as an atheist is a dangerous thing in some parts of the country, I know from personal experience the amount of ostracizing that can occur when people hear the 'a' word. Those looks, the obvious distance kept between you and them (as if it's catching...wouldn't THAT be a nice problem to have!)...just the general disdain and freakish curiosity of our 'kind' that is held by the mainstream default religious folk. I'm aware.

But that is WHY I want you to all do this with me! Go ahead, buy some cheap business cards and print these out. Then, totally anonymously, donate a box of non-perishables to your local food bank, with a card attached and a short sentence on the back stating, anonymously if you'd like, that you are happy to share what you have with them. See? It's that easy!

I'm working on getting pictures of our Random Acts of Atheism posted on this blog, so you can all see what we're doing to promote the cause. I've given out quite a few cards, all anonymously, and I haven't been chased down even once.

So come on, take a chance...get the word out by doing good without gods!

1 comment:

  1. This is a great idea!!! I can't wait to see more about what you are doing, keep posting :) Thanks for taking the time to do this, from one proud atheist to another!!!!!!!