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Rationals Thomas on 09 Dec 2009 12:01 am

According to USA Today: “Atheists need a different voice”

“We all know the names (Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens) of those angry white men who tend to antagonize the world’s believers. But the most persuasive voices for the ‘new New Atheism’ tend to be women:”

Atheists need a different voice

Today, most Americans associate unbelief with the old-boys network of New Atheists, but there is a new generation of unbelievers emerging, some of them women and most of them far friendlier than Hitchens and his ilk. Although the arguments of angry men gave this movement birth, it could be the stories of women that allow it to grow up.

In October, a new group calling itself the United Coalition of Reason rolled out an ambitious nationwide campaign timed to coincide with the release of a book, Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe, by Harvard University’s humanist chaplain Greg Epstein. The signs I saw in Boston read, “Good Without God? Millions of Americans Are.” A month ago, I attended a coming-out party at Harvard for a local offshoot of UCOR called the Boston Area Coalition of Reason. Emceed by Epstein, this event had the vibe of a revival meeting, and while faith was obviously absent, the place was riding a big wave of hope.

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