5122FW: I AM AN ATHEIST
- Jan 5, 2005
>From: Bart Meltzer <bmeltzer@...>
>To: Directors <bmeltzer@...>,Staff <bmeltzer@...>
>Subject: I AM AN ATHEIST
>Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2005 17:09:03 -0800
>This is from the Idaho state director, Susan Harrington. Currently, there
>is some debate in the Idaho Atheists group about removing �Atheists� from
>the group�s name. Thought you all may enjoy it. I don�t think anyone
>have said this better.
>What do you think when you hear the word "independent" as in "independent
>thinker" or "independent person?" I, personally, think of it as a positive
>word with a positive meaning. However, it is created by adding the negating
>prefix "in" to an already existing word. That existing word is forgotten as
>the new word, in its entirety, takes on its own meaning.
>Another question: How many of you have ever publicly announced that you are
>an "Atheist?" I have. Many times. After the first look of surprise on
>peoples' faces, or exclamations of, "Oh, but she seems so nice," there is a
>definite tone of respect in the room. It may not be respect for "atheism"
>per se, but it is a respect toward a person's right TO BE an atheist and to
>exercise that right in this country by going in front of legislative
>committees and peers to testify and be part of the process of discourse.
>Try it...the legislative session in Idaho is about to begin. When a bill
>comes up that would give favoritism to religion, discriminate against the
>non-religious, further intermingle religion and government, and marginalize
>your rights to be a fully participating atheist citizen, then STAND UP and
>simply say, "I AM AN ATHEIST." It is the most important action you can take
>to point out to other people that you are an Atheist. Your very existence
>and your presence in the room as a real person putting a face to the term
>will define the term.
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