Roy Speckhardt, the Executive Director of the American Humanist Association, called for more openly nontheist politicians in a piece published today on the Huffington Post’s website. Referring to the recent DNC email scandal that exposed a discussion about outing Bernie Sanders as an atheist, Speckhardt says:
Instead of being discouraged by this scandal, nontheists should see the event as a much needed call to action.
He’s absolutely right. In order to remove the stigma that accompanies the “a-word,” we need to be more open about our atheism as a group, showing that lack of belief in the supernatural is actually something to admire rather than something to admonish. Basing our belief system on rationalism and evidence is an educated position and should be applauded.
The more we can put a positive face on atheism, with campaigns like #NormalizeAtheism and similar efforts, the better off our marginalized group, and our nation as a whole, will be.