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Re: Merit of atheism groups?

From: Cap'n M.
Sent on: Thursday, April 19, 2007 9:55 PM
Hi Roy,

There are many reasons for atheists to organize, and indeed, to
evangelize(!).  To touch on just one area, religion has a direct impact
on government policy decisions concerning:

  - same sex marriage,
  - stem cell research,
  - reproductive rights,
  - foreign aid priorities,
  - HIV prevention
  - freedom of expression

In every one of these areas, religion's influence on policymakers serves
to increase human suffering, detract from human well-being, or both.
Compassion for our fellow beings demands that we organize to roll back
the pernicious influence of religion on human societies.

And that's very serious work---so it's imperative that we have as much
**FUN** doing it as possible!!

That's why atheist social groups are important---it's a necessary step
in building a humanist civil society.  Besides, as religion whithers
away we'll need to take up the slack re. bake sales, pancake breakfasts,
communion wine consumption, and so on.

And I haven't even mentioned sectarian violence yet!!!!

    Cheers,
    Mike Leibensperger

-- 
Mike Leibensperger      --+--      ...mjl at alumni dot cmu dot edu...
"Men never do evil so completely or cheerfully as when they do it from
religious conviction."           -- Blaise Pascal, 17th century Jesuit

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