Cross post from Malaysian Atheists.
The Atheist Alliance International Atheist Census is finally stable enough to allow normal operations once more. As their media release states:
On 7 December Atheist Alliance International (AAI) launched Atheist Census at www.atheistcensus.com, a global project to count and capture a snapshot of the world’s atheists. The response to Atheist Census was very positive, with 8,880 entries confirmed and another c. 2,300 pending before it was taken offline as a result of a DoS (denial of service) attack, about 17 hours after launch.
Atheist Census is now back online with a higher level of protection, and entries have already grown to over 20,000. The President of Atheist Alliance International, Carlos A. Diaz, said “It seems that there are people who do not want atheists to be counted, who do not want to accept that as more people question and think critically about religion atheists are a growing demographic. It is a measure of the project’s success — even at this early stage — that some people wanted to shut it down.” He added “While truth and fair public policy are not determined by popularity, demonstrating the significance of the non-religious community will assist our efforts to promote a secular world. I encourage all atheists to be counted in Atheist Census.”
We at Malaysian Atheists echo Mr. Diaz’s statement to be counted in this census. The country specific reports are the best way possible to show the government and the largely religious community that atheists and non-believers of other designations make up a large part of the country’s people. This large number of citizens are Malaysians who deserve to be treated with as much dignity as any privileged Muslim in Malaysia.
If you have two minutes, take your time to fill in the Atheist Census, and another minute to spread the word. Your contribution will be extremely useful to your fellow atheists.