Monterey County Atheists is a Secular Community Group. The purpose of the group is to support a growing community of freethinkers through social gatherings and community outreach. We value science education. We support the strict separation of church and state. MCAtheists is dedicated to persuading atheists to be open about their lack of faith with family, friends, and coworkers. The strong level of distrust of atheists and our lack of political power are directly linked to the fact that people don’t know that they know an atheist. There are many more of us out there than anyone knows. We don’t have to live under the thumb of Bronze Age philosophy.