Re: [skeptics-137] thoughts from Don

From: Chris P.
Sent on: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 10:00 PM
Huzzah! 

Well said, Don. When Barb and I protested at the Arizona capitol when Gov. Brewer signed the Immigration law, people seemed perplexed. What is the big deal, they asked. So what if you have to keep your proof of citizenship on you at all times if you look like an immigrant. Big whoop.

So said the white people who would never be asked to prove citizenship.

The big deal is that you are reducing a person to a skin color, or an accent or any presumed stereotype. It dehumanizes a person when you make general assumptions based on physical characteristics and when we are willing to dehumanizes others so easily, we lose a piece of our own humanity. The same is true when we are willing to judge an entire group of people based on a label that simply denotes they do not believe in god. When that happens, it is an attempt to reduce atheists to something less than human. Unacceptable!

Like you, Don. I will always march for such a cause, and fortunately for us vastly outnumbered heathens, KCAC, other atheist and civil liberty groups, and many others are always willing to take a stand from time to time, too. Huzzah indeed!

Damn. Now I am all pumped up to protest something...

Chris

On Mar 19, 2013, at 9:20 PM, Penelope Camel <[address removed]> wrote:

Don,
 
I admire your past and present activism.  Postive change results from the doings of folks like you.
 
You're such a great role model and leader.
 
Margie


From: Don & Jackie <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Tue, March 19,[masked]:55:29 PM
Subject: [skeptics-137] thoughts from Don

  I have thought a lot these last few days about the refusal of those in charge of the St. Patrick's Day Parade
to allow some atheists to participate. However, I am old so mostly I kept my mouth shut. When younger I
supported the push to integrate my all white university, to integrate two Presbyterian churches in Alabama
where I was minister, to integrate two Presbytery organizations of the Presbyterian Church in the US, and
even joined a lunch counter demonstration while a graduate student in North Carolina. I marched against the
Vietnam war while a graduate student in Georgia. I joined NOW, Amnesty International, and supported
Students .for a Democratic Society, and more radical women's organizations I joined a group called
"Southern Baptists for Kennedy for President.
  Now it seems to me time for atheists to  more actively organize for their rights as citizens of this country.
I learned a long time ago that if you wait for rights to be given you, you probably will not get them. The
right to run for public office. The right to march in a parade. The right to secure any job for which you
are qualified and even some for which you are not qualified without atheist categories even be considered
relevant. The right to openly oppose discrimination by any group including religious ones. The right to
demonstrate even for unpopular causes. The right to file a grevience against those who oppress
  I call for those who are younger to lead. But I also say that if you want I will help in anyway I can.
I may be old but I am not senile or dead.
  Atheists in KC have made a great beginning. I am amazed at the things Cole and others have
accomplished. But it is only a beginning.. Arise even more atheists!
 
Don Bell
 




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