Atheist Alliance International has launched an effort to count the world's atheists, and they've called it Atheist Census. I went there this evening to add my name to their quickly growing census and found something rather disappointing.
From the AAI website:
On 7 December Atheist Alliance International launched Atheist Census at www.atheistcensus.com, a global project to count and collect information on the world's atheists. The response to Atheist Census was very positive, with 8,880 confirmed entries and another c. 2,300 pending before the site was taken offline as a result of a DoS (denial of service) attack, around 17 hours after launch. We do not know who was behind the attack, but it's a reasonable conclusion that they do not like atheists being counted. We are working hard to get Atheist Census online again.Carlos A. Diaz
President, Atheist Alliance International
It's especially disheartening because I went there right after reading an article about how atheists worldwide suffer very real persecution. It's not out of the question that the same thing could happen to a Christian group, but what would the coverage difference be? This attack is being covered by me, on this blog that very few people read. Some of the bigger atheist blogs may post about it as well. It's sure to be covered on The Friendly Atheist, who linked to it yesterday.
But it certainly won't get covered on any of the big media outlets. Nor am I saying it should be. But if it did happen to a Christian group, it's not unrealistic to think it could be talked about on a national news network. Or at least Fox.
Shit like this is why I do not react kindly when Christians attempt to pretend they are the ones who are being discriminated against.