In the days since Trump’s election, people have begun placing a single pin on their shirts to convey a message of support — of safety, and protection — to minorities, women, immigrants and others who may feel threatened by the strident rhetoric that carried the Republican billionaire to the White House.
The safety pin social media movement gained prominence in Britain on Twitter as a sign of solidarity with immigrant and minority populations facing a reported surge in hate crimes after the Brexit vote in June, with its strong anti-immigrant undertones.
Since the US election, the phenomenon has started catching on across the Atlantic — Yahoo news
Sure, I guess — so long as you’re not required to stick it through your cheek or tongue or eyelid. I remember extracting a few from my neck when I forgot about when hurriedly dressing in fresh laundry from the cleaners. Bloody unpleasant.
But I’ll pass on this statement of solidarity, in part because I resist trends of any sort, but also because I’ve always thought of myself as a minority anyway. (Note to readers: Cue, then can, any reference to the psychobabble term “self-identified.” Thank you.) Given my ethnic roots, I’m not exactly white like a WASP, and politically, disgusted by conservatives and repulsed by liberals, I’m all over the map — and a registered Green. But most of all, I’m a card-carrying member of the single most distrusted and hated collection of human beings on the planet: atheists!
But lo and behold, even that is changing under Trumpf’s America:
About 40 percent of Americans say atheists “do not at all agree” with their vision of America, according to a new study from sociologists at the University of Minnesota who compared Americans’ perceptions of minority faith and racial groups.
But the study marks a grimmer milestone — Americans’ disapproval of Muslims has jumped to 45.5 percent from just over 26 percent 10 years ago, the last time the question was asked.– Religion news
It’s never easy falling out of first place — ask Hillary if you can find her — and given the direction America is going, I don’t think atheists will regain the lead anytime soon. Even though more and more Americans every day abandon their traditional religious beliefs and practices, they still seem to retain in their heart of hearts a healthy irrational bias against atheists, as well as a deplorable ignorance of Islam. Whatever else was demonstrated in this election, that sure as hell was.
So buckle down — or pin up! — for a long season, atheists everywhere — we’re not going to pull ahead in the race to the bottom anytime soon.