Out of the Wilderness
This is my first entry to this blog so be gentle.
This blog is for freethinkers, humanist, and otherwise godless heathens however they got that way. I’m trying to move beyond rabid atheism. Aiming for the higher road is doing that for me.
What’s beyond atheist fundamentalism? Maybe some acceptance of the other world. The religious are everywhere–you knew that. You also knew well the mode of tolerance. After all, we live it.
I see this shift for me within the frame work of the movement. We are in something of a civil rights-like movement. The question is where? Are we in the militant phase? Do we need to get the larger community’s attention? Or can we come off that a bit and expect and receive some respect, at least, enough to continue the dialogue that’s been started? I think we can.
I’m coming out of a long and lonely winter in the Bible Belt. Within the decade I listened to a preacher giving the invocation at my daughter’s high school graduation start by shouting at us that there is a god.
My wife stopped me from outing myself in protest with the question, did I want to ruin my daughter’s life? Being outed would also have ruined my business in the community. Those are the stakes in the rural midwestern communities. I’m more interested in the community for us to participate in.
It’s only been a few hundred years since nonbelievers got to meet
each other when one of us was burned at the stake. It was a short and unsatisfying relationship. I’m hoping for a little more for us.
Share. How did you get here?
I was ‘helped.’ Fundamentalist, here, are literalist about scripture and dogma. They are also in a tough spot. Their beliefs have to be literally true for them to be believers. Their forerunners were the folks who brought you the ‘science’ that the earth was the center of the universe. That’s why creationists are still trying to re-write the science books, and with some success if you follow the Texans who are dictating the science textbooks for the nation.
I was blind-sided by that one. I had a very well written biology text in high school in the 1960’s, meaning evolution, as the primary organizing principle at work in nature, was covered. But it wasn’t ’til my second daughter, who graduated 5th in a class of 270, had completed advanced biology told me in conversation that she’d never heard that humans were primates. I did have a little foam form in my mouth over that one.
Still, I think our (yours, mine, and anyone who’s interested) rational discussion is another way to start a dialogue that can enlarge to encompass believers who can learn not to behave badly toward us.
So, again, share. How did you get where you are today?
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