This is your chance to finally be heard. This is our chance to stand up, speak out, and be counted. We want to provide a platform for atheists around the globe to see that they are not alone. Atheists come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds. The only thing that we all have in common is that we don’t see any credible evidence to believe in a god. It’s ok to be an atheist, and we want the world to know.
- Provide an outlet for atheists to feel comfortable to come out of the closet.
- Always let visitors know there are other people out there that are non-believers just like them.
- Help people find other atheists in their state, city, and even neighborhood.
- Give access to local, national, and international organizations to become involved in the secular community.
- Empower people to start their own organizations in areas that do not already have them.
We are not just here to let you watch movies; these are real people living real lives as atheists. We want
the world to know we exist and we will not be ignored. We will stand up, speak out, and be counted.
Who are the We Are Atheism Team?
Amanda Brown, President
This entire idea and website was Amanda’s idea. It dawned on her at the Secular Student Alliance Conference in 2011 that is was time to “Stand up, Speak out, and Be Counted” and she knew that there was a need for a place or website like this in the secular community after hearing Jessica Alqhuist’s plight in her community and feeling alone in her area. So after talking to a lot of people at the conference about this idea she knew she had to find a way to make it a reality. She came home and immediately went to work with Kyle and her husband, Adam Brown, to make this idea become a reality. She knows this website and its resources will help build a united community that will be able to support each other.
Amanda was born in 1986 and graduated from the University of Kansas in 2012 with a B.G.S in Psychology, B.G.S in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies both with an emphasis in Human Sexuality. With this degree and experience leading the Kansas City Atheist Coalition in their philanthropic efforts she has helped develop We Are Atheism into a nationally recognized non-profit organization. We Are Atheism has become a platform for atheists around the world to tell their story and to engage in philanthropic efforts as a national community on a local and direct level, especially now with the establishment of Atheists Giving Aid in 2013.
Amanda is more than just her involvement in the atheist movement. She has a 5-year-old daughter, Lily, who has been the biggest motivating factor in her life to create change and be an example of how someone can truly be “good” without god. She has done many things since the birth of We Are Atheism click here to read complete list and plans to continue her fight for separation of church and state, women’s rights, civil rights, and LGBTQIAA rights.
Currently she tours the country speaking on Secular Sexualism, Adult Comprehensive Sex Education, Famous Women in Atheism, “Famous” unknown women in history, Free Conference Organizing, Community/Philanthropic Event Organizing, Management of Volunteers, and helping people to come out of the closet by filming them in the “Atheist Closet”.
Lee Moore is the Vice president and Treasurer for We Are Atheism, previous to this he worked throughout the Atheist community founding and running groups and projects such as The Godless Revival (Americas first Atheist Variety show) and the Atheist News Network commonly known as A-News.
Shayrah is the Secretary for We Are Atheism and an important member of the Board of Directors. She founded Secular View and has appeared on many podcasts and other activist opportunities in the Atheist movement. She has been involved in the atheist movement for nearly 2 years and is currently Daniel Moran’s campaign manager for his run at State Representative for the state of Texas.
Brian has been involved in secular activism since 2009. He joined the board of directors of PA Nonbelievers — central Pennsylvania’s largest grassroots secular organization — in 2010 and currently serves as president of that organization. He volunteers for the Philadelphia – based Freethought Society and has been involved in forming a state coalition of grassroots groups with the goal of promoting the formation and growth of secular groups in Pennsylvania. Brian is the co-chair for the Secular Coalition for Pennsylvania, the state chapter of the Secular Coalition for America. Brian also co-founded the PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference in 2012.
PA Nonbelievers: http://www.panonbelievers.org
Secular Coalition for PA: http://pa.secular.org
PASTAH Conference: http://www.atheistpa.org
Bridgett became involved in the secular community in 2010. After being challenged by an organizer to create a group for minority atheists, Minority Atheists of MI was created in 2011. She participates in several local MI groups and emphasizes providing love and support to all-especially newly identified Atheists as well as engaging offline via meetups, conferences and volunteer work. She mentors Atheists across the country via phone calls, skype and emails. In 2013, Bridgett became an affiliate of Black Nonbelievers, Inc family by establishing Black Nonbelievers of Detroit. Also in 2013, Bridgett’s groups became affiliates of Foundation Beyond Belief and American Atheists. In 2014, Bridgett became a board member of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. Bridgett is also a member of African Americans for Humanism as well as Detroit Coalition of Reason.
EllenBeth launched her activist career in 2009 by founding the Lakeland Chapter of Atheists of Florida. She soon joined the Board of Directors and shortly thereafter was appointed the Legal Affairs Coordinator In 2011, she was elected Vice President and then became acting President. She served as lead Plaintiff for their groundbreaking lawsuit against the City of Lakeland to stop prayers and went to jail for challenging the Sheriff for his illegal practice of giving county property to local churches. In 2010, she joined the Board of Directors for the Humanists of Florida Assn and in 2011 she was elected President. In 2012, she founded Atheists and Humanists of Florida and serves as its co-president. She is currently working with United for Care to help legalize Medical Marijuana in Florida.
Adam is the marketing and graphic design genius of this website. He is the Co-Owner and Creative Director for Voss Visuals, who are THE Marekting, graphic design, printing, and web designers for secular organizations/groups and small businesses. He makes people want to come to your events and websites by making them look professional and imaginatively designed. He takes pride in philanthropic and activist activities which is why he is also the Director of Fundraising for the Kansas City Atheist Coalition.
He is also the partner of Amanda Brown and the two of them have an intelligent daughter, Lily, who is the main reason they do what they do in the secular community. They are both dedicated to making a difference in this world through creating change and living by example. His passion and drive in this community has been unparalleled. He edits the videos into the wee hours of the night because he believes in this project and knows that it will help build community and allow for a place to help “new” atheists come out and help us to connect and become a united movement that will help religion die a quick and painless (well maybe not painless…) death.
Dan Hettmannsperger III is a retired Naval Veteran who served as a Gunnersmate aboard the USS IOWA(BB-61). His education consisted of Kemper Military Academy and later Delta College where his studies where mainly in History, Religion, Literature and Philosophy. He began writing where George Orwell left off, in 1984. In that time he has written mainly poetry and been published in more then three dozen magazines from England to India. He also served as the film critic for the now defunct Lucid Moon magazine, taught Aikido, and was also a Dharma Teacher at the Stockton Buddhist Temple from 2004-2006.
Dan converted to Christianity of his own volition as the age of 11 and abandoned it at the age of 16 after having read the Bible in its entirety. Since then he has come to embrace Atheism, Existentialism, Buddhism, and the writings of such varied thinkers as Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Voltaire, Spinoza, Nietzsche, Camus, Bertrand Russell, Walter Kaufmann, Carl Sagan, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Karen Armstrong, and Hunter S. Thompson. He lives in Stockton, California where he reads everything he can get his hands on and continues in his ongoing efforts to improve the human condition.