Why is atheism important in the UK?
Atheism UK would like your opinions on why atheism is important.
Why are we asking, especially as we can list our own answers? Let me explain:
Probably everyone who is a member or supporter of Atheism UK has joined us because they want to help challenge the malign effects of religious faith, are knowledgeable atheists and know most of the issues.
However, we regularly receive e-mails from believers and non-believers alike asking why religion should be challenged; why can’t we live and let live, and be more tolerant of people’s religious beliefs? After all, we live in a ‘Christian country’ and what harm is it doing, etc? (I’ll add that comments are not confined to Christianity).
Since Atheism UK started just 3 years ago we have realized that there appears to be a general apathy towards religion as many people don’t know what the issues are, or are uninterested because they don’t see religion affecting them directly.
Of course, there are lots of religious issues for atheists and secularists to be concerned about, but here in the UK we don’t really have that one central burning issue or rallying point. Individual atheists may have their own issue(s) they think are particularly important, but not everyone will agree. Compare this to our friends at Atheist Ireland who saw a huge swell of support after the reintroduction of a blasphemy law in 2009 (blasphemy laws were repealed in the UK in 2008).
So, we’d like to know why you think atheism is important in the UK today and what, for you, are the major issues.
We’ll collate your responses with the aim of creating a page on the web site where visitors can see what the issues are as identified by the atheist community and why it is important to challenge them.