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Atheists are going public in 2012, and the World Will Not End!

In his book Revolutionaries, Jack Rakove explores how and why mostly ordinary, non-independence seeking men joined together due to necessity, less so by choice. Most were not revolutionaries in the modern sense of the term. Few joined the protests of the 1760s and 1770s out of a secret desire for independence, though some did.

It is hardly news that some generations are historically remembered for the experience distinct to their time.

As it was for those men and women of the U.S. Revolution for Independence; the European "generation of 1914" who marched off to the guns of August; those who survived the depression; and the supposed "Greatest Generation" of WWII, it is now, time for us to become active participants in overthrowing the remaining vestiges of mythic oppression, credulity, superstition and religious hucksterism.

"It is not sufficient for a Man to be a passive friend & well wisher to the Cause," wrote George Washington to his brother in March 1776. Everyone "should be active in some department or other, without paying too much attention to private Interest."

We have little that binds us but our wish to live as people free of the religious dogma that drives the faithful to attempt and sometimes successfully enact legislation based on bronze and iron age texts.

We must put-aside our political policy differences, whatever they may be, and join together to fight against the tide of religious intolerance that is flooding the political landscape.

Please consider the possibility of achieving the following objectives:

• Solidarity and cooperation between the scattered and disjointed Atheist community groups and organizations

• Commitment to Aggressively court one-on-one discussions with the faithful, in a Civil manner; speaking with the faithful rather than speaking at them. When conversing, explain why the scientific method, reason and logic are necessary if we wish to develop an understanding of our world, and our place in the world. Mention books they likely haven't read.

• End our part in Internet flame-wars. They accomplish nothing positive and do much damage.

• Work towards a world-wide gathering on the Mall in Washington, D.C. in summer 2012 with events in all major cities around the world.

There are hundreds of millions of non-believers in the world. We can make this the very first, organized massive rally of Atheists/Agnostics/Secular-Humanists in history.

I have already begun contacting individual groups and event coordinators. There will be much to do, more than enough for everyone.

Atheists are going public in 2012, and the World Will Not End!

Richard McCargar

Dean of the College of Heresy

Logidea University

TAGGED: ACCOMMODATIONISM, ANNOUNCEMENTS, ATHEISM, CAMPAIGNS, COMMENTARY, REASON, SECULARISM


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