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Subscribers to Reddit's atheist community approach the number of signatories to the religious right's Manhattan Declaration

Subscribers to Reddit's atheist community approach the number of signatories to the religious right's Manhattan Declaration

When religious right activists announced their Manhattan Declaration back in November 2009, they thought they'd have millions of signatures to the document which called for civil disobedience over issues like gay marriage and abortion.  Supposedly, the numbers of enthused supporters "of Christian conscience" were rising by the second. In 2010, the Kentucky House of Representatives introduced a resolution that "united their hearts in common purpose" to the Manhattan Declaration.

Numbers were not rising by the second, however, and faced with less than enthusiastic support from the American public, the proponents of the Manhattan Declaration developed an iPhone application — an application which was rejected two times by Apple after numerous consumers complained that it was hateful and violated Apple's terms of use.

The Manhattan Declaration on January 15, 2012

Screenshot of the Manhattan Declaration site on January 15, 2012

Despite all the fanfare in announcing the Manhattan Declaration, which organizers proclaimed to be "as close to being inspired as anything outside the Bible and similar to the Constitution in its authenticity and its authority," it is still short of 500,000 signatures.  As of this writing and more than two years after its introduction, the Manhattan Declaration website shows that there are 492,610 signatories.

Reddit's atheism community

Subscribers to r/atheism as of 1/15/2012

The atheism community on Reddit was created on January 24, 2008, without the fanfare and publicity that the Manhattan Declaration received.  Unlike the churches, religious groups and state legislatures standing behind the Manhattan Declaration, r/atheism does not have an official promoter and grows on its own, from user interest.

As of this posting, the subscribers to r/atheism number 404,743 — just 87,867 less than the fans of the Manhattan Declaration.

What's your opinion

By the end of 2012, which do you guess will have the most subscribers/petitioners?

  • r/atheism (89%, 84 Votes)
  • Don't care. (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Don't know. (4%, 4 Votes)
  • The Manhattan Declaration (1%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 94

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About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    I voted r/atheism because it would seem to me that the Manhattan Declaration will fail on such a platform. One can hope at least.

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