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Re: [GreaterBostonHumanists] Atheist hate-baiting op-ed in the Lowell Sun

From: Barry
Sent on: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 4:14 AM
While I think the op-ed piece is worthy of a response, I hope that it won't be a response that seems to prove the newspaper's point.  The op-ed presents atheists as a monolithic community persisting in annoying behavior.  A bunch of angry letters wouldn't exactly disprove that.

Personally, I was rather bored with the op-ed, since most people I've told I'm an atheist don't seem to care.  If it's an indication of what the rest of the newspaper is like, I wouldn't consider it worth buying or reading.  If I lived in its readership area, I'd write a letter that reflected my attitude, basically saying that I and my religious friends thought I was living a normal, quiet life, until the newspaper kindly informed me that I was really engaged in a relentless conspiracy.  Then I'd remind the editor of some basic journalistic principles.

As for the Pledge of Allegiance, I think "under God" is the least objectionable part of it.  "Under God" is non-inclusive language stuck in the middle of political indoctrination and brainwashing.  If the pledge were rewritten to encourage people to think about whether their country lived up to its ideals, and whether everyone felt welcome in it, I'd accept mention of God as an acceptable tradeoff.


On 3/26/2013 9:17 PM, SCMA wrote:
Dear Friends:

Please join me in submitting a letter to the editor responding to this unfortunate house column in today's issue of the Sun: There is a comments section on the webpage, if you'd like to join the conversation there. 

"The atheists are back", the editorial begins. Do the editors think we *went* somewhere? Or that we're going to *go* somewhere, for that matter? It sounds like the editors need to be reminded that this isn't an us vs them culture; it's an "all of us" culture, where all of us -- atheists and theists -- have to work together for common purposes (like extending and defending the Constitutionally-protected rights to freedom of religion and of equal protection, for starters...).

Help bring some attention to this ugly expression of ignorance and prejudice; look on Twitter for @ahadave (David Niose) and @secularmass (the Secular Coalition for Massachusetts), and get some people talking about this.

An irritated,


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Mr. Zachary W. Bos
Massachusetts State Director, American Atheists
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Mail: PO Box 15274, Boston MA 02215

American Atheists is a nationwide movement that defends civil
rights for nonbelievers, works for total separation of church and
state, and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy.

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