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Re: [atheists-531] Calling ourselves Atheists

From: Hank S.
Sent on: Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:04 PM
Re: One on one interactions.

I'm waaaay in favor of it. But focus on youngsters.

Out of all the young people I've spoken to about atheism -- and yes, I bring it up on my own fairly often -- I'd guess over 90 percent of them are either receptive, or else have already gotten most of the way there on their own. I'd say about half of them are excited to have someone to talk to.

I say: Sure, fight the aggressive idiots when you have to, but mostly ignore them because they're "vexations to the spirit." Pat Robertson, for instance, is not just a clown, he's an EVIL clown. Debating him in public would be a massive waste of time and energy.

Put all that time and energy into talking to young people instead. Support and guide them when you can. Change the world one open-minded young person at a time. This is WORTH DOING.

Broadly, I think we're winning. This is our Moment in History, and after this everything will be different. Religion is dying like slavery did. I still think it's possible that religious people will rise up and kill us all (and I'm not kidding -- the fact that that political attention-whore Sarah Palin can be popular just sends chills up my spine), but I think otherwise their time is passing, and eventually religiosity will be seen as a minor silliness, like Ouija boards, or fervent belief in garden fairies.

Hank

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