Tuesday, November 24, 2009

More local atheists and thoughts on the public's view

'Sinners' gather at atheist meeting.

I didn't go to this meeting, but I think it is important to highlight it here. It's nice to see that the billboard has brought some more atheists to CinCor, but I find it odd that when a group has to define itself by what it is not. That's why these news stories end up sounding like the atheists are fighting believers, and, in turn, why believers think that atheists are mad at god or some other nonsense.

I do need to get out to at least one of these meetings to see what it is like, I really can't be critical of them just from what I've learned from the media's perspective. And I can't be angry at the media for a poor portrayal if that isn't the case.

I know it goes hand-in-hand, but the view of atheists from the outside is probably similar to the public's view of skeptics. How can you meet and talk about what you don't believe? With ART, the answer should be obvious; we meet to discuss a wide variety of subjects not limited to the 'traditional' skeptical subjects of homeopathy, psychic cats, and little green men from across the galaxy. We turn our skeptical eye to topics on the cutting edge of science, art, and public policy. How different are the groups within' CinCor? I will have to find out. Not knowing is my own fault.


Cincinnati said...

As a coordinator of Cin CoR, I would like to say that in every media interview I have done, I have talked extensively about what we stand for. i.e. the Affirmations of Humanism, science, reason, separation of religion and government. However, they don't get much attention when the media is writing a story since those ideals are pretty mainstream. What gets attention is stating that you don't believe in god. So that was the focus of our billboard to raise awareness, but not the focus of our organization or our meetings. A representative from ART was at our first organizing meeting for the billboard and we talked about working in partnership, so please drop me a line through CinCor.org if you want to come to a meeting or continue the conversation. Thank you.

Bourgeois_Rage said...

Thanks, Cincinnati. I intend to come to a meeting at some point.

Jason said...

I agree that this report doesn't come off as positive. CinCoR was portrayed as being cynical and somewhat pugnacious towards christians.

I too am interested in attending a meeting - both ART and CinCoR.

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