Basically, it boils down to this: if the only time that you ever hear of groups like the Council for Secular Humanism is when they say stuff like the following…
“The Obama Administration has been criticized by secular humanists for backpedaling on then-candidate Obama’s campaign pledge to reverse Bush-era policies that provide federal funding to religious charities that discriminate in hiring,” said Tom Flynn, executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism and editor of its journal Free Inquiry. “But praying for rain[*]? That’s not just government entangling itself with religion, that’s government publicly practicing it, and wallowing in superstition.”
…then you have a PR problem. Which you knew already, the second that you saw the hashtag in the title. I got nothing against non-deists we’ve got a couple who comment here, and they’re perfectly nice folks – but a lot of them give an excellent collective impression of caring a hell of a lot more about being secular than they do about being humanists.
PS: If by some odd chance this gets noticed: the reason why your bitter pro-atheist screed didn’t get published is not because you’re a schmuck; it’s because you’re a cheapskate schmuck who won’t hit the tip jar, because a lot of you guys are stereotypical like that. So throw in five bucks and I’ll think about publishing your comment.
Yes, I’m experimenting with monetizing my hate mail. It’s very exciting.
*Background: there’s a drought in the Midwest. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack doesn’t need any more crap on his plate than he has already. He’s praying for rain, in a somewhat I-don’t-really-mean-this-but-actually-yes-God-I do fashion. This should not be particularly controversial.