Welcome to Openly Secular!

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With the help of our wonderful partner organizations, we are happy announce the launch of the official Openly Secular website.  This is a big first step in the mission to eliminate discrimination and increase acceptance by getting secular people – including atheists, freethinkers, agnostics, humanists and nonreligious people – to be open about their beliefs.

Discrimination is rampant against those who are secular. Teens are made homeless after being thrown out of their homes; young activists receive death threats; people lose relationships with friends, family, and coworkers for not believing the same. A 2014 Pew research study, for example, showed 53% of people would be less likely to vote for someone who does not believe in God.

We are collecting stories of discrimination from atheists, agnostics, humanists and secularists.  If you’ve been a victim of discrimination in your life, SHARE YOUR STORY and make your voice heard!

 

To learn more about Openly Secular, go to www.openlysecular.org.

9 COMMENTS

  1. I find this very strange. I have personally never faced discrimination because of my beliefs. I have never been denied a job because I do not believe in a personified god, in fact I don’t think I have ever once been asked about my personal religion when applying for a job. I have never been denied a place to live because I do not believe in a personified god. I have never been denied service because I do not believe in a personified god. I have never been attacked in the street because I do not believe in a personified god. I have never been treated as a terrorist suspect because I do not believe in a personified god. I have never been unlawfully imprisoned, tortured, and held without cause because I don’t believe in a personified god. Yes, I do occasionally disagree with people, including occasionally family members, but I also disagree with these people on many other matters of politics and culture. Contrast this with a practicing muslim living in the United States who might have to deal with the realities of discrimination on a semi-daily basis. Uh-oh, I hope I don’t get banned for suggesting that muslims might be people, if Richard Dawkins is reading this, please, sir, have pity on me for expressing such a degenerate opinion. You’re right, being an atheist is such a burden.

    • Discrimination against Muslims doesn’t erase oppression of atheists. They’re largely separate issues, and the details can be very different. Muslims aren’t alienated from their families for their beliefs like atheists, but they suffer more discrimination in public. (I’m generalizing, obviously.)

      Oppression Olympics is bad. We don’t have to erase asexuals in order to care about gay rights, or erase gay people to care about trans rights, and so on, down the line erasing everyone except the Oppression Winner. Why this happens sometimes on social media may be interesting to sociologists, but that doesn’t mean we should be doing it. It’s not compassion.

      Lastly, those of us who are financially independent, and have liberal families, shouldn’t take these privileges for granted. It’s easy for us to be atheists. Not everyone is so fortunate.

    • I’ve got to agree with the other two replies here. Plenty of discrimination against Atheists happens. Is it as bad as some of the discrimination you read about in say, the Middle East? Nope! And it’s still wrong. And it’s still worth fighting. Maybe it’s a “more noble” cause to fight the most serious oppression out there but it’s not our job to be noble, and if you’re so offended by the various “superior mistreatment” of people around the world, please, do what you can to fix it. However, for those of us with less utopian goals, this is a cause that affects the people we care most about, and that’s worth fighting, every time.

      A second point worth making: most of the time you see atheism talked about by the religious it’s also got a direct connection to skepticism. If it’s acceptable to squash atheism it’s, in their minds, equivalent to successfully defeating skepticism. As a skeptical atheist, I do believe that the truth is its own defense. It shouldn’t be okay to mistreat people who are asking legitimate questions, under any circumstance.

      • Agreed. Setting up a straw man about a different group that is discriminated against is pointless. As the article above reads,

        “Teens are made homeless after being thrown out of their homes; young
        activists receive death threats; people lose relationships with
        friends, family, and coworkers for not believing the same.”

        This is the reality for lots of folks, and I encourage bringing on a new era where people can say that they don’t believe in the supernatural without being scorned.

  2. ‘Discrimination’ is such a minefield!

    If a secular boss interviews two candidates for one job and they display equal skills, experience and character, etc., but one openly says he’s an atheist and the other openly says he’s a Christian, which one is the secular boss most likely to appoint?

  3. CumbriaSmithy Jul 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    If a secular boss interviews two candidates for one job and they display equal skills, experience and character, etc., but one openly says he’s an atheist and the other openly says he’s a Christian, which one is the secular boss most likely to appoint?

    How would the candidates know the boss was secular? Such matters are not normally raised at non-discriminatory interviews.

    .. . and why would candidates raise such matters at an interview unless it was a qualification for a religious post such as a priest. They would have limited time in which to present their qualifications an attributes for the job, and should not be trying to curry favour by hoping for favouritism for a religious candidate!

    I can’t see a secular candidates stating: “I am not a Hindu, not a Buddhist, not a Catholic, not a follower of Shinto, not a Mohammedan etc.

    While it is very unlikely that candidates have identical skills, if that were the case in an unbiased interview, the job would probably go to the one who gave a better presentation on the day.

  4. I could go on and on about the reasons for Atheism, but it is AMAZING the vast numbers of people who are
    in self-denial of the TRUTH. It could be they don’t wish to divulge their true feelings in case they upset
    friends and acquaintances. It could be there are millions of Agnostics if the truth is known. Amen and
    Hallejuva

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