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“Scarlet A” by Out Campaign

Contributed by Juliet Hunt on Apr 10th, 2021. Artwork published in
circa 2007
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    “Scarlet A” by Out Campaign 1
    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org License: All Rights Reserved.

    The “scarlet A” is a symbol used by atheists to recognize each other, started by the Out Campaign. It’s a red capital A from the Zapfino typeface. The Out Campaign is a is a public awareness initiative for freethought and atheism in the United States, founded by Robin Elisabeth Cornwell, and endorsed by Richard Dawkins. From Wikipedia:

    The campaign aims to create more openness about being an atheist by providing a means by which atheists can identify themselves to others by displaying the movement’s scarlet letter A […] an allusion to the scarlet letter A worn by Hester Prynne after being convicted of adultery in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. It encourages those who wish to be part of the campaign to come out and re-appropriate, in a humorous way, the social stigma that in some places persists against atheism, by branding themselves with a scarlet letter.

    A hard enamel lapel pin with the “scarlet A” was sold from Richard Dawkins’s website in 2007. The letterform here was made sturdier and less detailed.
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    A hard enamel lapel pin with the “scarlet A” was sold from Richard Dawkins’s website in 2007. The letterform here was made sturdier and less detailed.

    “Scarlet A” button with the OutCampaign.org URL set in  underneath.
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    “Scarlet A” button with the OutCampaign.org URL set in Cochin underneath.

    Richard Dawkins wearing the “scarlet A”  lapel pin at the 34th American Atheists Conference in Minneapolis, 2008.
    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org Mike Cornwell. License: CC BY-SA.

    Richard Dawkins wearing the “scarlet A” lapel pin at the 34th American Atheists Conference in Minneapolis, 2008.

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