We are not alone. Two people have begun the Rational Response Squad movement to raise awareness about atheism. There are elements of this which are long overdue. They are right, that atheists are currently fair game. They do not garner the respect afforded gays, Hispanics, or even Muslims. Hell, Bush Sr. stated that he didn’t believe atheists should be citizens and certainly weren’t patriots. After all, this is one nation under God. You have to go aways to find a group so irrelevant that a campaigning politician will openly strafe them. However, in fairness, we are hardly the last minority.
I think the education of the American people that atheists are just normal people who have a different (in this case absent) view of religion is a useful step. We are not immoral anarchists. Although, I’m not sure I can really get behind The Blasphemy Challenge. It is getting attention (and that seems to be 80% of its goal), but if we are going to get respect for our view, it will not be achieved by disrespecting other religions. This is not about de-godding the theists. It’s about acceptance and respect. Or at least it should be.