With the prevalence of religion in our society, it is easy for atheists to feel alone. Even theists who are tolerant of other religions are often quick to assume that atheists are uncaring, immoral nihilists. In this kind of environment, it can be helpful for atheists to find websites and organizations that support their right to freedom from religion and help dispel the myths about atheism.
Just as there are many varieties of theists, there are many varieties of atheists. Some atheists simply want no part of religion in their own lives but feel that it’s fine for others to believe as they wish. Other atheists believe that religion as a whole is bad for human development. There are many levels in between and there is also a lot of overlap between atheists and agnostics.
The best websites for atheists will depend on what kind of information the reader would like to find and also on how he or she defines his or her own atheism. However, there are several good websites where atheists can freely exchange ideas with others who share their viewpoints.
Many of these atheist or secular websites provide information and dispel myths about atheism. They also encourage communication among atheists, promote rational thought in education, and provide support and guidance for those who are persecuted for their views.
Atheist Alliance International
The Atheist Alliance International (AAI) is an international organization for religion-free groups and individuals. It works to unite and facilitate discussions among democratic atheist associations around the world. AAI publishes a quarterly magazine, Secular Nation, maintains the online Freethought Directory, which is a listing of freethought groups around the world, and provides an Atheist Internet Outreach program.
International Humanist and Ethical Union
Founded in 1952, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is an association embracing atheist, Humanist, secularist, rationalist, skeptic, freethought, and similar organizations worldwide. IHEU provides information about Human Rights issues around the world and also provides an IHEU member directory.
Freedom From Religion Foundation
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) promotes freethinking and the separation of church and state. It provides information about atheism and civil liberties, and actively works to legally challenge situations that inhibit freedom from religion. Among other endeavors, FFRF publishes a newspaper and weekly radio show. The website offers fun online quizzes on topics such as separation of church and state and the Bible.
Rational International is an organization that provides a forum for rationalist ideas and searches for rational solutions to human problems. It promotes science and reason in education and counters superstition.
Each February, Darwin Day celebrates science and reason. Named for the evolutionary biologist, Charles Darwin, Darwin Day will celebrate its 200th year on February 12, 2009. Celebrations are scheduled around the world.
The Internet has made it easier for atheists to share ideas among themselves. Many websites exist to provide information and dispel the myths surrounding atheists. Visiting these websites provide a wealth of information to atheists who may otherwise feel alone in their points of view.