POST SCRIPT to a CHRISTIAN NATION Excerpt: ebook coming out in 2012
POST SCRIPT to a CHRISTIAN NATION
We are all just people, you and I. Not so very different—believers and nonbelievers. For the most part we all have hopes, fears, and dreams. Most of the time, we just hope for life to be better for everyone.
We nonbelievers are afraid you don’t know us for who we are. We’ve been reticent to speak out. You might be glad of that. But that isn’t what’s best for both or either of us.
Our relationship with society has been one-sided. We’ve been more than kind. We’ve not been critical of all the events and meetings you start with an observance of your religion. We don’t complain too much about your slogans on our money or your 1954 insertion of “under God” in a pledge of allegiance that should have been for all of us.
We think it is worth it for both of us to seek some parity in our relationship especially when you look at the hell that’s been arrived at recently in the hand basket of politics—the overblown vitriol in the reporting of real and imagined offenses has escalated the Left versus the Right to the brink of violence. Let me assure you, we will neither consider nor suggest Second Amendment solutions, but rather only First Amendment solutions. We hope that goes for you, too.
We’re genuinely worried about the nonbelievers of this generation and the next. We don’t want them to suffer in silence the way we had to. We can develop a sense of kinship, a commonality with religion. You can help with that. We can find that union where religion intersects humanism or other faiths or philosophies, where a common path leads to the ennobling of the human spirit. Where self and society can call upon each other to grow, to ascend further for the greater common good and the benefit and improvement of both.
If something on that high road beckons to you, call out to us. We may sometimes be weak in that area. We must help each other if we don’t want to be seduced to the low road of negative action and reaction. It’s not impossible in this increasingly charged atmosphere that a few crazed radicals could spark violence that could spin out of control. That would more likely be from your side given human history.
Ultimately, we should dwell not on the beliefs that divide us, we’ll find that everywhere, rather, we should focus on the humanity that unites us.
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