So, today is Atheists Day. I had completely forgotten about it until I read this piece recently. I recall actually writing about the proposal for a day just for atheists a year ago, and at that time I wasn’t too impressed with the idea back then. The problem is that no one cares. Yes, even most atheists probably don’’t care about a self-proclaimed day. It’s not that there’s going to be any media attention to the day just as there wouldn’t be if I declared today Jim Day.
Sure, I’m cynical because atheism, at least for me is a personal conclusion. that I came to after years of struggling with religious belief. I think it’s the same for most atheists. Since I wrote the above post, nothing has changed, at least substantially, with the general view of atheism and declaring a day will do nothing either. It’s okay if people want to gather and celebrate their atheism, I just don’t see it as being anything productive. It’s not a civil rights cause, at least not in the United States or most if not all western countries.
Yes, there is discrimination towards atheists. It may not be overt, but it’s there. As I wrote last year, I personally have never experienced it, as far as I know, but I do know a few people, even here in the U.S., that won’t be open atheists for fear of some sort of professional or social consequences. I don’t know of any violence perpetrated against atheists though so it’s not as if we go through our daily existence in fear of our lives. At least I’ve never met or read anyone that thinks they are in danger.
I hope that those that have gathered today, have a wonderful time. Me? It’s a really nice day here where I live and now that I remember it’s Atheists Day, maybe we’ll barbeque this afternoon.
Oh wait. We were going to barbeque anyway.