There are godless folks among us!
They are everywhere you look!
As they godlessly build houses,
Write, or knit, or paint, or cook!
There are godless in our prisons;
There are godless in our schools;
There are godless in our churches,
(Though it seems against the rules)
We may rarely hear their voices
Cos they’re not the type to shout;
Some are in their godless closet—
Others, quietly, are out.
Some are loath to join together
(It’s like herding cats, they say)
They may like their independence
Or may think a different way
So we never see the spectrum
Of the total godless range
Just the ones that love the limelight
So the picture’s somewhat strange
I would rather see the godless
As the godless really are
Every walk of life included
Every culture, near and far
I’d like to hear from more of us—
From lots, would be my choice—
We’re extending invitations
If you’d like to add your voice
Writing an odd blog like mine, I get linked to from quite a variety of places, depending on what I am writing about. I wrote about knitting, for instance, and got linked to from Ravelry, a knitting-based forum. In particular, I got linked to from the atheists’ forum there. I wrote about something else (I forget), and got linked to from the atheists’ forum of a bodybuilding website. I’ve been linked to from foodie sites, by godless foodies, and from cephalopod aficionados (go figure). My point is, there are a lot of atheist voices out there who do not fit any of the various stereotypes of atheism (activist, SJW, dictionary, asshole, etc.); they are just who they are, and they also happen to be atheists.
When you think of atheists, apart from a small handful, you don’t immediately jump to “poet!” (or doggerelist, more accurately). But here I am. And I like it here.
But I would love to have some company, from other nontraditional atheist voices. Maybe you write about food, or about knitting, or anthropology or plumbing or veterinary science or community activism or just local event wherever you are, from Albania to Zimbabwe. And you happen to be an atheist, and every once in a while that matters. Consider joining us here at FtB; we are looking for new bloggers, and we are casting a wide net (as a cuttlefish, I find that metaphor a bit disturbing). The “About FtB” button at the top left of this page has all the information you need.
And yes, I am talking to *you*. And if you don’t, yourself, write (or podcast, web-comic, photoblog, or express yourself through live-streaming interpretive dance in public parks), perhaps you read other blogs you think might be a good fit here. I know I have, over the years, but at the time I wasn’t thinking of recruitment, and my memory is… well, they tell me it was the first thing to go.