Power in Numbers

A sampling of comments made by individuals on the sign-up sheet and in emails

I have long felt that agnostics, atheists and the like need a new umbrella, a new group we can be identified with. I like the name Bright, for obvious reasons, it sounds cheerful, optimistic, intelligent and non-threatening, which is important when so many people seem determined to misunderstand us. I hope this takes off. Thanks for putting the time and effort in to try to make this happen.  Alison, Australia

Excellent idea! Long needed. There are too many tiny feuding factions that need to be re-aimed at their common interests.  Mike, USA

Lots of luck. Getting all of the freethinkers, atheists, agnostics, skeptics, humanists, secular humanists, the FFRFers, and other-thinking groups together is like trying to herd cats. Anyhow, I hope it works.  John, USA

"Organization-haters" UNITE!  Bobby, USA

I had always thought the creed of America's freedom of religion included my right to freedom from religion. Unfortunately, while it might never have been true, it is getting worse with the conservative push in political power. I know the nonreligious are moral and thoughtful people. The time for an organized voice is becoming imperative. This umbrella organization could bring this voice to light.  Raean, USA

People who think like this have been needing a term to describe them for a while. There are too many agnostics that are not brights, and the distinction is important.  Elliott, USA

Excellent idea - I hope lots sign up. Most signers will be humanists too, I think.  Marilyn, UK

I am a Hindu-Buddhist Bright, meaning I follow a proper subset of Hindu-Buddhist teachings that are consistent with the naturalist, non-dogmatic view of the world and more importantly of the self. Peace. Om Shanti. – Janak, USA

A useful way of summarising the various things we call ourselves - Rationalists, Humanists, Atheists, etc.  David, UK

Thank you for initiating this positive label! A few years ago I tried to push for "People of Reason" on many internet chat sites, but it didn't seem to catch on. Good luck with this, my sister and brother Brights!  Jeff, USA

I am 63 years old and have yearned half my life for an organization that could cement together all the fragmented groups of the nonreligious. we need to grow into the voice of truth for the world. i feel that religion can be exposed as a lie and those that propagate it as liers. i dont know who else is involved but COUNT ME IN !!  Benny, USA

Am thrilled that you are starting a group that especially includes and invites atheists, agnostics, humanists, and all those who do not believe in supernatural phenomena, etc. Have waited a lifetime for this~! (I have NEVER actively joined an internet group before this without reservation). Have been a psychotherapist for over 40 years.  Dorie, USA

I have nothing to say except that I encourage you to promote an umbrella of beliefs (i myself am agnostic) that seeks to avoid dogma and rigid beliefs. Include all who you can. Thanks for helping myself and others put a more positive twist on our well-meaning worldviews.  Christopher, USA

I'm very excited. By acting collectively, I think our political clout could bring about some very positive changes in American politics!  Michael, USA

I am a secondary collage teacher in Melbourne, Australia. I applaud the idea of giving the Atheist, Humanist, Skeptical, etc. community a voice.  Ian, Australia

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