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Nathaniel

Next to the article on the magazine scan was a full horoscope for all the signs.

Seems we have a long way to go.

I'm just a grump Gus though. You pretty much said all the good stuff that you have written on your blog. Kudos for getting it out there.

Maria

Just what I was thinking too. Such a great article, about basing our lives on reality... next to the horoscopes...

John the Drunkard

The horoscope speaks volumes about a recurring theme here: the underrepresentation of blacks/queers/women in atheist/humanist/freethinking circles.

One reason why: these people are the most targeted victims of religion/counterfeit 'spirituality'/Newage (rhymes with 'sewage').

It sometimes feels as though we were complaining about the lack of tenured black professors...back in 1850 when it was illegal for blacks to learn to read.

Sean

Actually, I was under the impression that queer people were not underrepresented among atheists. In my local social circles, at least, we're overrepresented in atheist groups, particularly among younger people.

Is this different in the wider atheist community?

Rieux

Sean, that's my experience as well. The atheist events I've attended have included large numbers of GLBTs. Which is great.

I can't say I'm impressed with Evan Kayne's writing chops (a large proportion of that article seems to have been clumsily cribbed directly from certain Greta blog posts), but the publicity can't hurt. You tell 'em, Greta!

Mike

I came to mention the horoscopes too! Too funny.

But I'll stay to agree that I've see a LOT of queer people in young atheist/politically progressive circles. If this is the trend, could it be that atheist queers are joining atheist communities for their support network while religious queers are congregating in the "traditional" queer community? If so it's an unfortunate self-reinforcing division between groups that otherwise have a lot in common.

Eclectic

It's interesting to compare Greta's experience with Zinnia Jones', which has been significantly less positive.

Maybe it's a S.F./Chicago difference.

Maria

Zinnia Jones... I love that guy's mind. I can listen to his clips all day long!

John the Drunkard

Who is Zinnia talking about? Anonymous online trolls? drunken jerks at Atheist group meetings?

Greta, have you any ideas or experience to add here?

My own experience, in a slantendicularly atheist atmosphere, is that a goodly chunk of gay folks flock to opportunities for god-free community, while the 'official' gay media is solidly woo-dominated.

Eclectic

John, what does "slantendicular" mean in that context? I thought it meant pretty much the same thing as "oblique", although the word is used more to refer to shy or askance glances, and isn't generally used metaphorically.

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