Two months ago, a small atheist organization put an ad out saying “Don’t Believe in God? You Are Not Alone."
The group found that they had a problem.
The problem was not that the group (Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry) attracted any hostility. It was exactly the opposite. They were completely unprepared for the response.
More than 100 people showed up for their most recent public meeting, causing the board members to discuss whether it was time to find a larger place.
According to the article, parents are now asking for family-oriented programs where they could meet "like-minded nonbelievers."
“Is everyone in favor of sponsoring a picnic for humanists with families?” asked the board president, Jonathan Lamb, a 27-year-old meteorologist, eliciting a chorus of “ayes.”
More than ever, America’s atheists are linking up and speaking out.
Internet groups and meet-ups are growing in number every day, all over the country. They are volunteering, petitioning, and just discussing their beliefs with each other.
The article goes on to explain that these new Athiest groups are trying to "liken their strategy to that of the gay-rights movement, which lifted off when closeted members of a scorned minority decided to go public."
“It’s not about carrying banners or protesting,” said Herb Silverman, a math professor at the College of Charleston who founded the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry, which has about 150 members on the coast of the Carolinas. “The most important thing is coming out of the closet.”
Full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/us/27atheist.html