Overall, citizens who have a naturalistic worldview are the moral equals of those who hold fast to supernatural and mystical explanations. They should be treated as civic equals, too. But they aren’t.
It is a fact that brights are held back when society doesn’t hold this view of moral equality. Some research indicates that the absence of deity belief brings along civic suspicion.
A large portion of the citizenry does not see that human morality has developed naturally in the species. However, in some ways, we ourselves don’t make the matter better. Because so many brights stay wholly mired in the religion realm, they don’t seem to help much in the civic sense and in some ways, do harm.
For all the value of recent billboards and bus ads at awakening the citizenry to our presence in society, we continue to fail in one sense: to impart our wholeness. We need to present ourselves more fully.
As regards morality and our claim of worth, being “good without god” is the oft-repeated mantra. In our messaging, we bow to society’s own forceful framing. We define ourselves negatively as we continually put out the message that we are "without something that society deems of great importance.”
The idea of god is reinforced again and again, as in every statement we make, God gets another advertisement.
We’d claim that “we who are without god” can be positive contributors to society, but it’s a fact that “we who have a naturalistic worldview” can be making the positive contributions to society. And one very positive contribution would be educating others in constructive ways.