Blogging isn’t difficult, in fact its pretty easy to do. The difficult part, if any, is deciding on what to write about. Sure, there are all sorts of topics from politics to social issues, but is this something those that take their time to come here really want to read about?
I prefer to write about atheism, and when I am able, skepticism, but then, how many times can I write about the same thing, over and over again? I’m not here to try and convert anyone to atheism, simply to attempt to show those that may read this blog that are not atheists, that there’s nothing to fear from atheists.
We’re no different than anyone else with the single exception that we don’t believe in god(s). How many times can I, or anyone else, blog about that? The good news though is that atheists are becoming more mainstream.
How do I know that? Well, it was estimated 4 years ago that there were some 10 million people here in the U.S. that identified as atheists. That may not seem like a huge number overall, but it has grown over the years that the poll was taken. People are starting to leave their irrational view of the world, based on some supernatural being, and accepting the idea that there’s no proof of any god.
Is atheism becoming mainstream? Hard to tell because many of those that identify as atheists are not out, meaning that they have never told family or friends that they are indeed an atheist. There’s a prejudice against us overall that will take more time to overcome. I know several that are actually afraid of their employer discovering their atheism. Not that they would be fired, that would be illegal, but that they may not get that deserved promotion or raise.
There’s still a lot of suspicion and in some cases overt prejudice toward atheists. That’s too bad because when those same people actually get to know someone who’s an atheist, it doesn’t take long to discover that there’s nothing to fear.
Maybe, as more people identify with atheism, will there finally be a day when we reach that point where we’re accepted in society in general.