GROUP LEADER: MICHAEL DORIAN
Atheists Accused of Being ‘Extremists?’
‘All Great Persons in History Were Extremists’
Said Martin Luther King
Once more, Michael Dorian’s NYCA Discussion Group has come up with the most controversial topic of the moment. People, we have been accused--for our many suits and our objections to crosses and other Christian paraphernalia in the public marketplace--as being “extremists.”
Why? Because we want “under god” out of our Pledge of Allegiance? Because we want “In god We Trust” off our money? Because we want fake, makeshift Christian “crosses” out of our museums?
Extremism Is Honor
Martin Luther King said that the accusation of extremism is a badge of honor. He pointed out in his famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” that all great persons in history were extremists:
“So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love?” Dr. King wrote.
Of course the real question is, what do our accusers mean by “extremism?” To some people, denying the existence of a god qualifies as “extremism.”
When we use a legally provided way of fighting for our cause--such as suing in the U.S. court system for our rights--why is that extremism when Atheists do it but not extremism when corporations sue for multitudes of their arcane reasons?
Scaring Us With Names?
Or are their accusations of “extremism” merely a way to scare us into backing down? Are they really saying, Wait, we aren’t ready to give way to secularism as an honest and good way of life.
Truth is, they will never give way to secularism on any front. Accusing us of extremism is just another way of putting their finger in the dike before the great tsunami of secularism sweeps into its rightful place in our society.
Come on Tuesday, September 17 to hear our fiery discussion leader Michael Dorian, documentary filmmaker extraordinaire, decimate this latest semantic attack on Atheists.
Extremists? You bet! But we’ll do it our way: peacefully and, OK, Dr. King, with love.
WHAT: NYC ATHEISTS DISCUSSION GROUP Led by Michael Dorian
Topic: “Atheists Accused of Being ‘Extremists?’-- That’s OK, Said Martin Luther King”
WHEN: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 - 7 P.M.
WHERE: STONE CREEK Bar & Pub - 140 East 27th St. (3rd/Lex) - Back Room
COST: FREE, but you are expected to buy food/drink to compensate Stone Creek. The knoshies are good and we recommend the tasty Stone Creek brand of beer.