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Re: [bostonatheists] Your irreligious daily devotional

From: Josiah
Sent on: Sunday, January 13, 2013 2:38 PM
Allison, 

I largely agree with you. I would like to see less tearing others down and more building ourselves up. As I have begun to say, I want to build a community for atheists, not a social group about atheism. 

Part of what that means is a focus on our community, its members and their needs. And part of our members needs is a positive environment but another part of our members needs is a safe space to vent the frustrations of being an atheist in the most Christian of western nations. 

I have frankly no idea how to best balance those two at the moment, but if anyone feels they are headed toward quitting the group for any reason I very much want you to contact me about it. I want people to feel welcome and supported by being a member of this group, and if that isn't happening then I need to hear about it. 

Josiah van Vliet
Interim President of the Boston Atheists

On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 11:01 AM, Allison Kunz <[address removed]> wrote:
Alright, religion-bashing has been cute the first three dozen times, but it really needs to stop. It helps no one, especially atheists.

I would like to be part of a community like the one I saw yesterday, lots of people gathering for food and friendliness. But if the undercurrent of resentment and hate is a permanent feature of organized atheism, I'll try my luck with the Boston Rock Climbers instead.

-Allison

On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 1:19 PM, Paul G. Brown <[address removed]> wrote:

 Stephen Greenblatt,  from his book "The Swerve", channeling Epicurus.

 'Christians are like a council of frogs in a pond, croaking at the top of their lungs, "For our sakes was the world created." '

 Epicurus scoffed at Christianity because it was his target of opportunity. The same sentiment, it seems to me, applies to any theistic religion.






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