David and Will
Some have asked about symbols or acronyms for the atheistic movement. We would be willing to begin a move to solicit entries for a catchy symbol for atheism that intuitively describes what it symbolizes -- to be immediately placed into the public domain.
I am interested to know are there any atheistic symbols. The Christian cross unites their movment behind one representation. Taoists have their increasingly abused Ying/Yang motif. Atheists are traditionally less unified, more independent thinking and often (well perhaps I'm speaking personally) don't seek much validation of what they believe.
Any ideas on this?
I was just wondering, are there any atheistic acronyms out there?
I see people walking around with WWJD (what would jesus do) braclets and
FROG (fully rely on god) T-shirts, and i wanted to know if there was anything
out there for an atheist to wear to express my own views. Thanx for your
We certainly would be less likely to use a symbol to validate our views or an acronym to summarize our postion. Symbols and acronyms and slogans are an easy way to get a point across (the Christian IXOYE [fish] is an acronym from the second century and the Roman Catholic IHS, a contraction, literally means "Jeez"), but people tend to accept, uncritically, particularly catchy slogans.
Here is the symbol for the organization American Atheists:
It is a trademark owned by that organization and symbolizing it (although some have been known to use it in a pinch).
The American Humanists Association uses the this humanized letter "H":
Again, this is the trademark for their organization. Also, Humanism is a variety of atheism, a subset of atheism, and does not represent the views of all atheists.
The punk-era rock group Bad Religion popularized this symbol, which is more anti-Christian than it is atheistic.
Along those lines, the website for American Atheists Magazine uses similar symbols, all "anti-" in their tone.
A very popular symbol that many atheists use is the DARWIN Amphibian, a spoof on the JESUS fish:
Again, this symbol is specific to evolution and to anti-Christian sentiments, and is not specific to atheism proper.
Annie Laurie Gaylor says that the pansy (the flower) has long been the symbol of Freethought.
The only acronym that I use (and it's probably just me) comes from (among other places) an old Peter Gabriel song, DIY (Do It Yourself).
I know of no other symbols ralated to atheism. If someone submits a catchy symbol that is specific only to atheism and intuitively suggests what it symbolizes, I would be the first to try to popularize it.
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