By now you've probably noticed a big change in how ASH has changed.
From here on out, there is no actual group, or exclusivity.
Anyone that supports the ideas of Atheism, Secularism, and Humanism is welcome
to use a "Twibbon" to show their support for those ideas.
The change was spurned on by the entire debacle of the Atheism+/ BlockBot.
When a group forms like Atheism+ it can have a negative impact or a positive one.
The problem with any "group" is it's exclusivity.
Not all people are included.
The inherent problem with this has been demonstrated by the events of this past week,
with the Atheism+BlockBot. This is a group that insists on it's members adhering to a very
stringent form of behavior.
Witnessing this has been a learning experience for myself and
many other people in the Atheist community on twitter.
It is because of this that ASH has now become what it really has always been,
an affiliation of like minded people that support what the 3 letters of ASH stand for:
Atheism Secularism and Humanism
Many Atheists already support these things.
They do so of their own accord, and on their own.
This is their choice, and I support it fully.
If you support the ideas that ASH represents you can chose to support
them as you wish.
The ASH Twibbon has been created to allow all those interested in showing
their support of Atheism, Secularism, and Humanism, a means to show it on their Avatar.
It's important to make the distinction that the Twibbon supports ideas we share,
and not a group mentality.
Previously, ASH (the group) had guidelines.
Those guidelines have been eliminated in favor of NO limitations on anyone's natural individuality.
From here on out...ASH is about what those letters mean.
Atheism Secularism and Humanism nothing more or less.
We are all individuals that share common interests.
No "group" is needed, no "guidelines" are needed, the only thing
that's needed is your sincerity in helping to support these ideals.
Thank you to everyone that's helped and supported ASH!
This is the next step!
Capt'n Atheist/ Steve