I became aware of the National Atheist Party in early July this year because I follow Friendly Atheist. Today I found out they also have points of contact for each state. At the Support Atheism site they have a page for State Chapters. This links you to their Facebook page and you request to be a member. Well, this is my experience being in Missouri anyway.
Support Atheism was started because:
We care that becoming and being an atheist is horribly difficult in many families and communities. We care that young atheists (already suffering the hardships that come with growing up) are struggling with difficult celestial/existential questions, and this skepticism might not be popular with friends. We care whether the people and leaders within this world base their beliefs upon what can be determined most true and useful.
I also like this:
Support Atheism.com hopes to serve as a resource of knowledge, a place to share stories and ideas, a way to share some laughs, and most of all, a way to build a community for atheists.
We are an American political party, uniquely formed as a true, grassroots movement, reaching out to all who seek a secular government as outlined in the First Amendment to our United States Constitution. Our mission: To politically represent U.S. atheists and all who are drawn to our mandate, in a political process that has thus far marginalized and ignored one of the largest and growing segments of the U.S. population.
The National Atheist Party is a diverse, all inclusive, progressive, secular political movement and a response to the lack of representation for all free thinking people who are legal, law abiding citizens of the United States. We demand emancipation from the religious dogma that has infiltrated our government and has unfairly influenced political decisions and policy making. We are for the people, by the people, and therefore incorporate the right to use the power of the people to restore equality to our Democracy using reasonable, rational and non-violent means. “Power to the people!”
The National Atheist Party is open to people of all races, sexes and sexual orientations, and cultures. We are committed to a government free of superstition and bias and are guided by principles of equal opportunity, recognition of merit, and economic responsibility. The National Atheist Party does not seek to inhibit the religious practices or beliefs of any group, but is committed to the idea that religious preference is a private matter and has no place in the government or workplace. We support the separation of church and state, and seek to ensure its strictest interpretation.
We chose the name National Atheist Party because we are a party composed mainly of atheist members. To attempt some sort of nomenclatural dodge, in an attempt to obscure that fact, would be both unsuccessful and transparently obvious.
We consider ourselves a voting bloc, a demographic that has not been dealt with politically before. In 234 years, the atheist population of this great nation has been denied political representation. In poll after poll, we are universally derided as the least trustworthy of Americans (thanks, majority). We feel that it is time to take this word, this descriptor, away from those who would use it pejoratively.
No less a figure than Richard Dawkins has been asking for years why atheists don’t organize politically. After all, by some estimates we represent some 10-15% of the population – that’s a larger voting bloc than Jews, African-Americans or many other minorities. Dawkins threw down the gauntlet and we picked it up. We are the National Atheist Party whether you, or anyone, likes it or not. All we ask is that you do not misrepresent us.
NAP is still new and working things out. Everything has a beginning – even Facebook had a beginning with glitches to overcome. LOVE YOU ZUCK!
I look forward to seeing how this all pans out – how we can turn around the opinion of the word Atheist and how we can help in the political department. As someone who has never completely sided with any major political party, I’m anxious to see how this can help improve the country.