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Reflect Atheists in a More Positive Light
Huff Post: by Chris Stedman.
“I’m actually an atheist.” And then she added: “You know, I don’t blame anybody for thanking the Lord.”
In a couple of short sentences, Vitsmun delivered two equally powerful messages: that she was not embarrassed by her atheism, and that she respected her religious friends and neighbors. Blitzer’s question represented a common assumption that most people believe in God. It was an indicator of widespread religious privilege in our culture, and Vitsmun challenged it in a way that also humanized atheists.
Last week atheists were all over the news and social media. But in a world that frequently focuses on conflict, it seemed like we were hearing a different — and to many, surprising — story about atheists.