Click. Sign. Help.

Dec 6, 2012

Discussion by: Sjoerd Westenborg
Dear fellow atheists/agnostics and anyone else with a rational outlook on freedom,

If you’re reading this, you’re already passing time on the web. So why not make it a little more productive?

I’ve collected a few petitions around the web and it would only take a brief moment of your time to sign (some of) them and bring some more reason into the world. I’ve divided them in several categories and limited the amount of petitions to 3 each, this time. Please leave a comment to tell me if you want me to regularly do something like this, and if so, whether you would like to see a particular category added. 



Freedom from religion & Free speech (Stop arrests of non-Muslims) (Abuse of power, separation state & church)… (Prosecution of 2 individuals for their FB posts)

Gay rights (Hate crime in Brazil) (Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill) (The same bill again)

Women’s rights (Female education, Malala) (Saudi driving ban) (Abortion coverage US servicewomen)

Environment… (Conservation India’s nature) (Great barrier reef) (Antarctic Sanctuary)

9 comments on “Click. Sign. Help.

  • 5
    Stephen of Wimbledon says:

    Well done Sjoerd,

    I’ve asked RDFRS half a dozen times to help with this kind of activism and got nowhere.  It seems to me that RDFRS could be doing a lot more through this Site.

    What do you think is the secret of your success – grouping lots of issues together?


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    Sjoerd Westenborg says:

    Well, considering your reaction is the first positive response I’ve got so far, I wouldn’t exactly call it a success. I do think offering multiple categories/choices helps in getting more signatures, people can choose what most appeals to them. 

    It was just an experiment, really. Most of my efforts go to activism in the ‘real world’ and not the internet. 

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    Stephen of Wimbledon says:

    Hi Sjoerd,

    Don’t be downhearted. Some people will follow links without commenting.

    I try to also be politically active in the traditional sense. However, like most people, I find it hard to set aside the time which, using traditional methods, can be quite a burden. It seems to me that traditional politics attracts only the rich, the retired, the unemployed and students. Almost everybody else is busy enough already. Several large demographic groups are being effectively excluded from politics by the squeeze on leisure time.

    Also, even though single-issue politics is the biggest growth area in politics in most democracies, I find that pressure groups struggle without the backing of one or more of the established parties. Do you think that is a fair assessment where you are?

    Please note that you devalue the efforts of those trying on-line methods of political activism if you call traditional activism ‘real World’ politics. There is nothing unreal or fly-by-night about on-line politics, it is just as real.

    I have heard plenty of arguments about people not taking the time to understand the issues, and not being presented with all the facts, when responding to on-line polls. But it seems to me that this is not true. The Net is not like a tabloid newspaper. More data and alternative views are only a few taps away. If a poll does use closed questions to elicit a response, that is no different to the way newspapers have acted for centuries – and politicians seem to be in awe of that simple trick.

    I would be interested to hear your view; are major political parties missing a trick here?

    It seems to me that the old model of The Party chooses a platform and dogmatically sticks to it asking voters to look at that dogma and the political leaders’ character, and trust them over the election cycle, is already out-of-date. With on-line activism we can surely take that a step further, and say that political parties can now have the voter feedback they need to present a flexible response to the ever changing World.


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