Recently, a good friend from my childhood started up a fan page on facebook called Working Class Atheists. He’s always been very vocal on his scientific-based beliefs that a society under God is not the right path for him, and after years of posting on his own internet profiles, he decided to gather up his like-minded friends and be able to post freely and share links and information, as well as plenty of scientific articles and a smattering of amusing memes. He made the page and shared it a few times. It now has 27,151 followers. WHAT? *since putting this article together in the last hour, it is now up to 27,163. All images taken from their photo album.
So I interviewed him.
Started it at the end of August last year.
Were you surprised at how rapidly you gained so many followers?
Yes, I never expected to get more than 500 likes. I am honestly overwhelmed at how the page has exploded. I’ve added some really talented people to help admin. Takes some of the burden off of me but I still devote 4 to 5 hours a day, everyday to that page. The question of merchandising has been tossed around, t-shirts and stickers and stuff but I would want the majority of any profits made to go to a secular charity such as AHH (Atheists Helping the Homeless) or doctors without borders. I don’t want to turn this into a money making business venture. I’m really just about spreading the message that religion is a lie, that people don’t have to believe. That religion hurts, discriminates,
and steals peoples lives and hard earned money.
There have been many that have been tossed around. I’m very open and unafraid to voice my opinions on religion and I think people like that. The biggest thrill for me is when someone takes the time to message me to tell me that I give them strength. That I inspire them to face the religious B.S. they face every day and call people out on it.
I would love to organize an atheist/antitheist meet-up but the numbers
are so few in this area. I have also began to think about writing a
I think that the world is waking up from the nightmares of religion. I
used to feel that whole “to each his own” attitude but where has that
really gotten any of us? I feel that “in god we trust” on our money makes our nation look weak in the eyes of more enlightened nations. Believe me, I have friends
from all over the world and we as a nation are being laughed at with
our dependence on religion. I also feel that “under god” in the pledge
of Allegiance is a violation of the separation of church and state and
should be removed from public schools. My 5 year old son, by his own
accordance, refuses to say the under god part. I love him!!
In short, I’m a working class guy and always have been. I felt that
there was no representation of our class on other facebook pages
devoted to atheism. That was the reason for starting my page and the
reason, I feel, for its success.
I wanted a forum where people, regardless of their level of education,
would feel welcome and free to post and comment as they wished.
You have recently started up another page called The Anti-Theist Atheist. Why?
Well, it is not enough to simply deny the existence of deities. We must wage a war of information and education to end religion before religion ends humanity.
Interesting stuff. If this intrigues you, like these pages and jump in!