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RE: A special piece by Jeff Wismer: "The 20 foot hurdle that ALL atheists have to overcome"

From: Jeff W.
Sent on: Thursday, June 5, 2008 12:06 PM
At this point I feel that I need to share the inspiration for why I wrote this special piece.

Specifically I'll pick on the same stuff that Rebecca did:

Youth Letting Us Down

What's different now, what's wrong with American

society now, is the jadedness, the pseudosophistication,

the confusion of young people. They

are too urbane to chant on a picket line, too

embarrassed to march, too duped and bamboozled

by TV and greed and false authorities to even figure

out how a George W. Bush got into the White House,

never mind how to get him out.

There is much confusion in the land right now:

- The country that values self-determination is

imposing its will on Iraq.

- The country that spouts freedom is cutting down on

all our freedoms.

- The country that purports to care denies health

care to 40 million citizens.

- The country that has said, "give me your tired, your

poor, your huddled masses" is keeping out the tired,

the poor, the huddled masses with an electric fence.

- The country that promises religious freedom is

sneaking religion into schools, workplaces, politics,

government, the armed forces.

- The country that promises religious freedom hates

those who have no religion.

Today's issues are subtler than they were in the

1960s. Religious totalitarianism is a drumbeat on the

horizon. The natives are restless but they aren't

burning down the huts yet. The economy is rolling

along, inflationary but not yet down and out.

The mood in the air for young people today is just to

"get ahead."

Perhaps our seniors are with us because they have

heard the drumbeat and they know what it means.

They aren't going to go quietly into the night. I'm

sure if Madalyn Murray O'Hair were alive, she'd be

fighting with us tooth and nail even at age 89.



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