Remaining silent won't make the problem of prejudice go away.

From: cole m.
Sent on: Thursday, October 24, 2013 7:12 AM
 In fact, this silence causes a number of problems for the community to which nonbelievers find themselves members. By having significant numbers in the closet, it makes the demographic look smaller in numbers than it actually is, which makes it harder for the community to fight for equal representation.

So,....what do we/you do about this? Perhaps its time some of you contribute more time to these groups.  What do you think? Just set on the sidelines while things appear on your computer? What will happen next Saturday? Next Friday? Next Tuesday? Are we a community hiding in a larger community? Or are we all in this together? Giving equal time to the community we are active in? Sub communities in a large community. Is there a difference between a trooper and a fool? What do we want to contribute to the big question?  Here's a BIG question:

Why is the World Better Off Without Religion?  (below I have included other panelists) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnjG5WOcKaU


Closeted nonbelievers once showed tremendous bravery in putting aside the comforting religious stories about existence in favor of a scientific understanding of the universe and our seemingly minor role in it. They must tap into their reservoirs of bravery once more to fight the silence regarding their nonbelief which forces them to jump through intellectual hoops and conceal from those that they care about.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roy-speckhardt/is-it-unethical-to-hide-y_b_4101309.html

Cole

Uploaded on Nov 22, 2011

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/11/15/Debate_The_...

A.C. Grayling, author of The Good Book: A Humanist Bible, argues that morality is possible without religion, and implies that those who "cherry-pick" religious beliefs are hypocrites.

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In the words of Blaise Pascal, mathematician and Catholic, "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction." Does religion breed intolerance, violence, and the promotion of medieval ideas? Or should we concede that overall, it has been a source for good, giving followers purpose, while encouraging morality and ethical behavior?

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FOR THE MOTION

Matthew Chapman
Author, Filmmaker and Co-Founder of Science Debate

A.C. Grayling
Renowned Atheist and Professor of Philosophy

AGAINST THE MOTION

Dinesh D'Souza
President of The King's College and author of What's So Great About Christianity

Rabbi David Wolpe
Named the #1 Pulpit Rabbi in America by Newsweek

A.C. Grayling, a British philosopher and professor, has written over 20 books on philosophy, religion and reason including Against all Gods and The Good Book: A Secular Bible. Previously a professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, Grayling is now Master of the New College of the Humanities, an independent university college in London. For nearly 10 years, he was the Honorary Secretary of the principal British philosophical association, the Aristotelian Society, and a Trustee of the London Library. A former fellow of the World Economic Forum, Grayling was a Booker Prize judge in 2003.

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