Questionable Motives

April 6, 2010

How deep is the bias against atheists?

Filed under: ACLU,American Humanist Association,Atheism,Bias — tildeb @ 11:16 am

How deep is the ocean, how high is the sky?

When the American Civil Liberties Union won’t take $20,000 of your money, you know the bias runs deep. Read about the case here. Although the ACLU later apologized by letter for its unethical stance of refusing the money outright, it still stipulated that the money could be donated ‘anonymously!’

With that letter it seemed that the American Humanist Association may have earned the distinction of being the first organization to be too controversial for the ACLU. Yet humanists and freethinkers have a history of speaking up for the rights of all. The AHA, for example, was among the first to support civil rights, equal pay for equal work and the right of same-sex couples to marry. Recently the AHA launched the LGBT Humanist Council to advance equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families. So this conditional position by the ACLU raises the legitimate question how can atheists alter the mistaken perception that one cannot be good without god if one is not allowed to do good because of this entrenched bias against atheists?

“There’s no reason that our humanism should be treated as something to be hidden,” responded Speckhardt. “We’re always proud to be standing on the side of love and acceptance, instead of fear and prejudice. This could be another example of how we can be good without God.” said Speckhardt.


  1. I find this utterly bizarre – the religious claiming to be the most forgiving, loving accepting etc. persecuting atheists – just seems too ironic to be true. Yet I know it is true, I have heard some horrific stories about beatings of atheists in America (the land of the free)… very strange behaviour.

    Comment by misunderstoodranter — April 6, 2010 @ 2:19 pm | Reply

    • Certainly the most mistrusted. This is why Dennett urged atheists to band together and fight for equality by copying the gay movement: find a name (the Brights), use a symbol, organize, and vote accordingly to bring about change. But for the ACLU – the one group who ALWAYS takes on discrimination cases with delight – to refuse to recognize such a major donor is a new low, I have to admit.

      Comment by tildeb — April 6, 2010 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

  2. When money “walks through the door” everything else “walks out”.

    Comment by misunderstoodranter — April 7, 2010 @ 2:54 am | Reply

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