The petition is so successful that more than 157,000 people, on top of the original One Million, have now signed on to show their support. But this is only the beginning.
Our voices are being heard, but we have to continue to demand that Congress take
action. With Congress taking repeated vacations while the rest of the American people continue to struggle, not to mention the unprecedented obstructionism and inaction we've seen in Washington lately, as all eyes are focused on the upcoming elections; we have to stand strong and continue to be the "squeaky wheel that gets the grease."
Now that the petition has been delivered, it's time we demand that the House Committee on Education & The Workforce take action on H.R. 4170.
Speak your heart and your mind. . .just be sure to speak up and demand that your voice be heard! Failure to remain engaged now would be the same as just giving up and resigning yourself to the notion that nothing can ever change. I outright reject that premise, and I hope you do the same!
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Atheism is a vigorous and a courageous philosophy.
It is not afraid to face the problems of life, and it is not afraid to confess that there are problems yet to be solved.
It does not claim that it has solved all the questions of the universe, but it does claim that it has discovered the approach and learned the method of solving them.
It has dedicated itself to the passionate quest for the truth.
It believes that truth for truth’s sake is the highest ideal and that virtue is its own reward.
It believes that love of humanity is a higher ideal than a love of God. We cannot help God, but we can help mankind. “Hands that help are better far than lips that play.” Praying to God is humiliating; worshiping God degrading.
It believes in Ingersoll, when he said: “Give me the storm and tempest of thought and action rather than the dead calm of ignorance and faith. Banish me from Eden when you will, but first let me eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge.”
Atheism is a self-reliant philosophy.
It makes a man intellectual free. He is thrilled to enthusiasm by his mental emancipation and he faces the universe without fear of ghosts or gods.
It teaches man that unless he devotes his energies and applies himself whole-heartedly to the task he wishes to achieve, the accomplishment will not be made.
Is it not better to place a question mark upon a problem while seeking an answer than to put the label “God” there and consider the matter solved?
Joseph Lewis Author, ‘Atheism and Other Addresses’ 1941