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Announcement of NAP partnership with Black Nonbelievers, Inc.

The National Atheist Party and Black Nonbelievers have partnered together to advance their parallel goals of advocating on the behalf of atheists and nonbelievers nationwide. This showing of mutual support was met with great excitement from the members of both parties.

"The National Atheist Party is proud to announce our partnership with Black Nonbelievers. We are very excited and pleased to expand our outreach into diverse communities, and this partnership is a welcome step in that direction,” said Troy Boyle, President of the National Atheist Party.

Black Nonbelievers is an Atlanta-based non-profit dedicated to living free of religion and irrational beliefs, and acts as a social network for atheist African Americans. The organization, originally called Black Nonbelievers of Atlanta, was founded by Mandisa Lateefah Thomas and D. Benjamin Burchall II in the hopes of creating a caring and meaningful environment for their fellow atheists in the Atlanta area. Ms. Thomas announced that “Black Nonbelievers, Inc. is proud to be affiliated with the National Atheist Party. We are confident that our collaborative efforts will result in long term progress in bringing out more openly outspoken atheists/nonbelievers - especially in the black community. Our voices need to be heard so that our rights will not be denied."

Both The National Atheist Party and Black Nonbelievers are open to anyone who shares their concern for the rights of atheist citizens in this country, regardless of gender, gender identity, race, or national origin. Both organizations value a discourse of reason and rationality when discussing the issues that affect us all, both local and national, and feel that this pairing does them a great service in this respect. To learn more about either organization, visit http://www.blacknonbelievers.org, and http://www.usanap.org. Both organizations welcome your interest and feedback.

The National Atheist Party is a non-profit, 527 political organization devoted to issue advocacy and guided by the values of secular humanism and evidenced-based reasoning. The party seeks to politically represent U.S. atheists and all who share the goal of a secular government by gathering the political strength of secularists nationwide.

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  •  So why are you a "Party", exactly? (3+ / 0-)
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    wader, Odysseus, Roadbed Guy

    Do you or are you planning to run candidates for office? (Which?) How would atheism influence your actions in that public office, when you are bound by the Establishment Clause to remain neutral in religious matters?

    Furthermore, isn't atheism a rather narrow plank on which to found a political party? OK, there is no God: therefore, what? What does the absence of God imply for the future of Social Security and Medicare, or getting money out of politics, or combating global warming, or fixing the economy in a way that benefits non-elites? Other than the obvious prayer/creationism-in-schools issues which have (fortunately) been won for now, where do you see atheism and politics intersecting in a way that creates a need for an atheistic political party?

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    by eataTREE on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:17:21 PM PST

    •  While I agree, there background info seems (3+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus, pvasileff, eataTREE

      to suggest that they are not a political party, but use poor naming for a lobbying group of some sort.

      I've been reasonably satisfied with actions and positions taken by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, because it gets at the core issue of religious institutions infiltrating politics through various means, IMHO.

      "Freethink" organizations have been around for quite some time, as well.

      Having an atheist "party" implies that we're supposed to be members of a group.  Being an atheist, to me, happens to mean that I'm not a member of any group in the realm of metaphysical alignments (or lack thereof).  So, I find such such a grouping as some sort of "party" to be against the notion of existing as an atheist.

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      by wader on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:59:10 PM PST

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  •  press releases really arent appropriate (3+ / 0-)
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    alain2112, wilderness voice, susanala

    here...

    you really should tell us more about yourself, and have a point.

    just a little bit bored.

    by terrypinder on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:56:38 PM PST

  •  This doesn't make any sense to have such a party. (0+ / 0-)

    Atheism is too narrow an issue for an entire party.  An interest group? yes.  A lobby group? Yes.  But a political party has to take a side on every issue.

    For example, libertarian stage magician Penn Jillette would probably be on the same side as myself on issues like church/state separation, and legislating sexuality, and abortion, and so on.  But that's because those are issues where there aren't a whole lot of arguments being made that aren't religious in nature - the entire debate is about religion and so I can be relatively certain we'd be on the same side on those issues.  But get off of those issues and the fact that he's a libertarian will very quickly mean we don't agree.  So we can work together on a narrow focus political action group that only takes positions on those political issues that intersect with the fundamentalists.  But we can't work together on an entire political party, which has to take a position on welfare, on gun control, on the debt ceiling, on foreign policy, on social security, or on nationalized health care, or on pretty much anything else.

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