Today’s contribution comes from fellow FTBorg Ashley Miller, who writes at her eponymous blog.
I’ve had a hard time writing this because for a long time I couldn’t think of anything that I could really attribute to my being an atheist. I’m an atheist because I am a seeker of truth and I am an atheist activist because I am a humanist.
I came into the atheist movement sideways, from the LGBT rights movement. After the Prop 8 trial in California had concluded, people like myself were put in a holding pattern, exhausted and waiting for news. Around this time, I heard that PZ Myers was going to be in town and you could pay 50 bucks to go have dinner with him. I’d followed PZ for a long time, but wasn’t really aware of an atheist movement or blogosphere as such, I just knew I really liked his blog’s mix of science, anger at religion, and oktapodi. At the time, I mostly blogged about filmmaking, women’s issues, and Prop 8, but not so much atheism.
I spent my $50 and I went to the OCFA conference alone to meet PZ, and in the process I discovered this whole subculture I hadn’t been aware of. I got involved with atheism and skepticism, which I still conflate much to most skeptics’ chagrin, and discovered a movement that was involved in the social justice issues I cared about — protecting people from religion. [Read more…]