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ASH: Atheism Secularism Humanism
captnatheist


Hey everyone!

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

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The problem with any "group" is it's exclusivity.


Is it a bad thing that Nobel prize winners are so exclusive? How about pharmacists, or athletes?

No, if there are problems with a group it comes from the way they conduct themselves. When a group views any act as justified because it was done under their banner, it is a problem. When a group abandons its stated principles, it is a problem. When a group does not respect basic human rights to individual liberty, it is a problem.

Many Atheists already support these things. They do so of their own accord, and on their own.


Wait, if so many atheists already support those things, why do you feel it's necessary to advertise your support of those things?

This is a group that insists on it's members adhering to a very stringent form of behavior.


Do you have an example of this? I've identified as A+ since the beginning, and never had any strict rules imposed on me. From what I understand, it's merely a label for anyone who is an atheist, and a feminist, and a humanist.

Though to be honest, the "feminist" part is a bit redundant; when you look at the underlying premises, feminism is the end result of following humanist principles in an unjust world. So A+ can be better thought of as Atheism+Humanism.

So even the new-improved ASH places greater "restraints" on people than A+. And yet you call the latter "stringent?"

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