Summer is winding down and I am less than 3 weeks away from beginning a new semester of grad school. I have a lot of goals I want to achieve this next semester. I need to buckle down and do research, I will have 3 classes to teach, I need to knit more, and Philosophychick and I are hoping to start something atheist-related on campus. A freethought society was attempted last year, but apparently fell apart. I’m not sure that a school-sponsored group is the best way to go. It’s a lot of paperwork and trouble for something that may not have much interest anyway. I think a better alternative is a casual, no-pressure atheist social night at a local restaurant (with alcohol!). Relatively good success has been achieved with a microbiology social night I was involved in, whereas a Microbiology club would not have had that interest. Later, if interest is consistently high, a school club might be organized.
I’m also going to resolve to be as out as I can be. I do not anticipate this being the right time to tell my parents (see this post), but they are pretty far away from school. I’ve already been out to my professors, who are mostly supportive. Oddly enough, the one that gives me the hardest time is my Indian Hindu professor, not the Christian ones. When asked, I will resolve to proudly proclaim my atheism, and if appropriate, debate it. If that asshole street preacher comes back to the school, I’ll have a little fun with him if I can. I might even buy one of these shirts to wear.
People need to know that atheists exist, and that they aren’t evil, immoral people. Nothing I plan to do would make anyone bat an eye if it were Christian in nature. To be a proud atheist is not the same as always arguing with others, or rubbing it in people’s faces. I resolve to start the new school year off right: as a normal, happy, and fun girl who happens to not believe in god and isn’t afraid.