By Richard Wade
For the last 11 years, the Santa Clarita Atheists and Freethinkers (SCAF) has gradually grown in size and vitality, and I have had the great privilege to be the group’s leader for the last three of those years.
Even in “liberal” southern California, not believing in the local god can have serious social and financial consequences. So while we’re careful to preserve the privacy of our members who need to keep their atheism confidential, we have also become increasingly visible and involved with the community, challenging with action the widespread lies that atheists are amoral nihilists who only care about themselves.
We do good things because we’re good people. We’re not embarrassed about being seen doing good things, because also improving our image does not cancel out the good that we do. Those whom we help don’t mind. If we just quietly and invisibly live good, decent, charitable lives, the lies about us remain unchallenged, and our fellow atheists continue to suffer from those lies. So those of us who are able have gradually “come out” in positive and constructive ways
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