Brian Parra is a music promoter and technical consultant from Ventura, California. He founded and leads the Ventura Chapter of Atheists United, and is the Editor of the Rational Alternative, the newsletter for Atheists United. He keeps a blog of his writings and observations at brianparra.com
Strictly speaking "atheism" is a simple lack of theism, but those of us who assert the nonexistence of god generally have a lot more to say about what that means for our individual lives, the lives of our families, and for society as a whole.
This is a response to an article by Rabbi Gellman entitled, "Trying to Understand Angry Atheists: Why do nonbelievers seem to be threatened by the idea of God?" Parra contends that because clergy have a vested interest in invalidating affronts to their theology, Rabbi Gellman runs through every "tired assumption that every smug believer uses to convince himself that he is somehow morally superior to those who reject his faith."
So you've come to understand that you are an atheist. Now what? To the uninformed, it might seem that there isn't much to do as an atheist. Well, in fact there is quite a bit to do as an atheist that encourages community, support for church/state separation issues, and the national understanding of atheism.
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