Barry Donavan:You took part in Robin Ince’s Carols for Godless People last December. Is atheism very important to you?
Josie Long:It is and it isn’t. It is because I am an atheist and I‘m proud of it and I feel it’s very important to protect and respect secular culture and I think it’s very much a part of all the different things I believe and feel strongly about but also it isn’t because I respect religious people who are kind and I like some of the things that religion makes people do; community dinners and charity work and things like that.
I don’t have massive disrespect for religion in that way that some atheists do, and I feel there’s a lot of ways that it can not matter quite a lot in daily life. It doesn’t matter if someone believes in a religion as long as they’re kind to everyone and don’t ever talk about it. And don’t let it affect the way they dress or behave. As long as that happens, it’s fine; believe in whatever fruity business you like.
I’m not really in the business of converting people, but maybe that’s because most of my friends are atheists, or agnostic or, at the very least, rational and sceptical. I’m much more of an evangelical feminist. I like making my atheism prominent; I don’t mind anyone knowing about it and will quite happily talk about it. When Christian Voice were harassing Stewart Lee, then I will be quite militant about atheism but it’s more I’m anti the bad aspects of religion than anti people having a god if they want to have one.