Any Symbol Must
Be Given Its Meaning
From: "Randy Cassingham"
To: "Positive Atheism Magazine" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: lapel pins, one-handed
Date: January 26, 2002 9:58 AM
I agree that "anti" symbols don't represent atheism (but rather anti-Christianity).
And I agree that you can't "conceptualize atheism" with a single shape that people will understand when they first see it.
But then, that's always the problem. Icons must be given meaning.
What is a cross but two sticks -- until they are given meaning?
What is the ichthys fish but just a fish -- until it is endowed with meaning?
I am not an artist (as you'll see), but here's my top-of-the-head concept: it denotes open thought (by proclamation, of course!). It would have to be reworked a tad, but you get the idea.
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