Website Looks to Promote Atheist Acceptance and Education

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RADAtheist.com, an organization dedicated to promoting acceptance and tolerance of atheists and atheism among the American public, has announced a new website dedicated to educating individuals in the true nature of atheism in what some perceive has become an increasingly religiously intolerant society.

RADAtheist.com (http://www.radatheist.com), an organization dedicated to promoting acceptance and tolerance of atheists and atheism among the American public, has announced a new website dedicated to educating individuals in the true nature of atheism in what some perceive has become an increasingly religiously intolerant society.

RADAtheist.com provides a common meeting area for the large number of atheists, agnostics, humanists, and secularists around the country, as well as providing an atheist symbol that can be used freely to identify individuals who do not follow a set of religious beliefs. The symbol features a large letter "A" in front of the Earth surrounded by a stylized gear with the slogan of the site printed around it.

RADAtheist.com stands for Reason, Acceptance, and Diversity, principles that are sorely lacking in current society, according to Joe Russ, founder of RADAtheist.com

"We know many people who are either agnostic or atheist, but are afraid to make their position known for fear of being ostracized or physically harmed," says Mr. Russ. "We live in a society where anyone who does not follow the Christian majority is shunned, ridiculed, and attacked. The Naval Academy, Intelligent Design, the South Dakota abortion ban: they all point to a growing intolerance for anyone or any belief not in line with the majority. We've even created a term for this: the 'theification' of America."

Atheism, along with secularism, agnosticism, and humanism, has the second largest group of adherents in the United States after Christianity. In 2001, it is estimated that there were almost 28 million people who identified themselves as atheist or secular.

"With almost 1 in 7 people in this country who do not belong to a religious group, it's time for atheists to speak out and help America realize that not everyone they meet are necessarily Christian," Mr. Russ added, "and that atheists are good people."

The RADAtheist.com site includes information and links for both atheists and non-atheists. An active community forum allows visitors to share ideas and debate all topics of interest to atheists ranging from religion to civil rights.

"We're hoping for the day when an atheist can wear the RADAtheist symbol proudly and without fear," Mr. Russ states. "If enough people can step out of the atheist 'closet' perhaps we can prove to people that atheists are just as good and moral as people who follow religious doctrines."

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RADAtheist.com is the Internet's leading website for promoting the values of RAD Atheism: Reason, acceptance, diversity, without god. Founded in 2006, the organization's goal is to promote atheism without conversion, reason over faith, and good works for good works' sake.

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