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!