Frequently asked questions …
… and frequently given answers
Q: What is Seattle Atheists?
A: Seattle Atheists is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the atheist community in the Seattle area. We strive to promote understanding and respect toward all freethinkers by providing information, creating a sense of fellowship, actively opposing discrimination, and above all, emphasizing reason and critical thinking over supernaturalism.
Q: How long have you been around? How many members are there?
A: We have been registered as an educational non-profit in the state of Washington since September of 2003. In 2006, we were approved as a non-profit on the federal level. Our paid membership is 214. We host a Meetup group, a Yahoo! events list called Seattle Atheists and the discussion form, Seattle Atheists Forum, which has about 700 participants.
Q: What type of things does this group do together?
A: Seattle Atheists provides an educational service to the community, such as hosting nationally-known speakers for our membership meetings to speak on topics that include psychology, law, and education.
We help atheists in the Seattle area connect with each other, and we try to make a positive impact on the community, But, that doesn’t mean we work all the time! We gather around the table to eat, and have parties to celebrate. We go to beaches, parks, bike rides, and hikes together. We go to shows, lectures, exhibits and talks together, and even do karaoke once in a while. Check out the calendar for more details.
Like any other group of like-minded individuals, we get together to do fun things we all enjoy. It’s an environment where we feel safe — where nobody is going to break out a bible or say ‘God bless you!’ when you sneeze. Check out the photo gallery (coming soon!).
Q: When are your meetings?
A: About once a month, we have some type of event to welcome newcomers. Every other month, we have official membership meetings. Check out the calendar for more details.
Q: Do you give back to the community like churches do?
A: Seattle Atheists formed this non-profit group in part to be able to provide community services and to raise funds for events that help educate the public about atheism.
We have an ongoing food drive, regular blood drives, do holiday gift wrapping (which benefits the Children’s Hospital). In addition, we raised money to hire a lawyer to fight to restore the pledge of allegiance to its original version (without the words “under God.”) We also raised money to provide relief for the victims of the December 2004 Tsunami. We have a volunteer task force to find ways to give back to our community.