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?get rid of this rift? for Lynne

From: Don W.
Sent on: Thursday, November 19, 2009 8:25 PM
Hi Lynne,

I wholeheartedly concur with your notion that it would be good to ���get rid of this rift.���  However, I don't see that as being in the realm of the possible.

As I noted in a prior post I attended a  session at the Baltimore Ethical Society.  Among other things, there was a woman who decried that awful Richard Dawkins.  She was happy that the push back from the other side has been as mild as it has been.  Obviously this environment will be by my standards a case of the ���niceness police��� running amok.  It will be a group that is so ���open��� that it is closed to the simple, straight forward wisdom of Richard Dawkins.

The context of my being there was Fred Edword's presentation on his Coalition of Reason effort.  My Washington Area Secular Humanists will be acceptable by his standards.  However, I have recently discovered that Rational Response Squads typically are not acceptable.  Perhaps it is because of their slogan, ���Believe in God, we can fix that.���    

I also heard that a false story was circulated that some RRS woman took her shirt off.  By my standards this is not a negative even if it is true.  If it is a false story, why would anyone care?

I any event, it seems that the CoR effort will not be very inclusive and even if it is inclusive there is little evidence that the relatively theism free groups will find ground for common action.  The only virtue of it will be regional advertising and the PR derived from that.

Don



--- On Thu, 11/19/09, Lynne Williamson <[address removed]> wrote:

> From: Lynne Williamson <[address removed]>
> Subject: Re: [atheists-27] New Meetup: Meet the Organizer
> To: [address removed]
> Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 11:04 AM
> Don,
> I keep running into what you call "the demonizing of
> atheists" in other secular humanist groups I belong
> to.�� I will be interested in discussing if/how we can get
> rid of this rift.�� I think the automatic rejection of the
> word "atheist" is more prevalent with people who
> grew up constantly bombarded with the phrase "godless
> communists."
> 
> 
> I am also interested in talking about the difficulty of
> coming up with "the ethical good" without
> contamination from cultural norms.
> 
> Lynne




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