The slogan or tagline for the site is currently “Both Freedom Of and Freedom From.”
When I started the site it was “Join the Conversation.” When I started this site I did it to support the Everyday Freethought podcast. As I explained before, the whole idea was to talk to atheists and skeptics who were not part of the “professional” atheist/skeptic class, or people who were not professors or did not work for lobbying, advocacy or educational organizations. They could be involved in local groups, but they had to have day jobs.
I decided on the slogan “Join the Conversation”, since I wanted to get some Joe Schmoe skeptics/atheists as guests. It would not be just plain old me yakking away, but other everyday people telling their stories. So I thought “Join the Conversation” was appropriate.
Until I added the Twitter widget, and saw that their slogan was ALSO “Join the Conversation”. So I started thinking about another one.
Another reason “Join the Conversation” was no longer fitting was that I no longer do the podcast. It became too time-consuming. Now this is just a place for me to rant about whatever I want. I don’t care if nobody is listening. I think people just have an urge for self-expression, so I will express myself.
The slogan “Both Freedom Of and Freedom From” was inspired by the tired line that religious people in the USA give that the Constitution provides for freedom OF religion, and not freedom FROM religion. To some people, freedom from religion is freedom of religion. They want to be free of all other religions, I just add one more to the list.
I cannot remember which podcast this was on, but one had a guest who gave lectures to high school students about freedom of religion. He talks about prayer in schools. Then he offers to lead a prayer. The students are all for this. Then he tells them all to face Mecca. They protest that he cannot make them face Mecca to pray. Then he asks them if they understand freedom of religion. Some do, some do not.