Every so often, I read a story that makes me want to stand up and shout "Hey! I'm an atheist, I'm a part of this nation, I'm not going anywhere, and I will be recognized!"
Michael's anecdote is one such story... and my way of expressing the above quote (which is more of an intrinsic feeling rather than an actual verbal statement) is to proudly don my Atheist of Florida blue t-shirt. I feel this normalizes people to the idea that they are walking by, or in the same room with an atheist. This is the same kind of conditioning that allows Christians to wear crosses in public, Muslim women to wear burkas, Jews to wear a yamaca, and so on. The t-shirt is also incredibly comfortable; an added benefit.
I will be wearing my Atheist of Florida t-shirt multiple times this week.
Perhaps we should all wear our blue shirts, and send a photo to Charlie Crist's office with a short note that reads, "From your loving constiuents".
Thanks for the inspiration Michael!