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The Misinterpretation of Hate and Anger: Instead, Passion

I’m always impressed by the enlightening I can get from the comments section of news stories.  I mean, I never knew that as an atheist I am afraid,angry, and offended; observations made regularly and accompanying some story about us contending over a coach praying at a high school football game or the ten commandments being removed from a courtroom or a cross going up somewhere on public land.

The answer is that we atheists aren’t afraid and neither are we offended. But we are passionate.  We are fervent.  We are dedicated to having a nation free from religious manacles of any kind, whether they be christian, muslim, hindu, or pastafarian, and to that end we will tirelessly address any line-crossing behavior.   We stand on the assurance that our constitution mandates a separation of church and state and passionately invoke it for the sake of our democracy.  I would ask my brothers and sisters not to confuse such passion with offense or fear, and consider that the resistance you meet from us is only as strong as your desire to cross the constitutional boundaries.   We would quietly sit in our homes and binge on Parks and Recreation if given the choice.

Angry, yes, we are angry.   I will strongly contend that our anger is justified however, and even by christian standards, righteous anger is permissible.   It’s okay to be angry when you pass a law against one religion yet you push and shove your own religion onto the national stage.  It’s okay to be angry when you promote asinine propaganda that is meant to instill fear. It’s okay to be angry when you slow down our progress as a nation by insisting on antiquated, edited, fallible texts as a foundation from which to work. It’s okay to be angry when preachers ask for a six million dollar jet while the homeless children population is steadily increasing in our own nation.  It’s okay to be angry when pedophiles are allowed back into ‘the fold’ or when abuse is systematically covered up.   You are correct about our anger, but misinterpret the direction and source of it.   We aren’t angry at a god whose probability for existing decreases with each new scientific discovery.  We are angry at your invocation of that omnipotent being in the face of greed, lies, selfishness, and ignorance; and the overall negative affect that has on our society.

We atheists will be passionate about maintaining the clearly drawn lines between personal belief and public interactions.  But do not mistake that for fear or offense.  I’ll agree that we are angry, but do not mistake its origins; righteous anger is permissible when injustice is blatant.

Now you have my comments on the comments section, here’s to enlightenment for us all.   😉

In peace, as always,

Frankie

 

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Freedom: As Demonstrated in a Drowned Toddler and Defiant Woman

I’m not sure any other picture will be as internationally stirring as the one of the tall lanky policeman carrying the lifeless body of a drowned Syrian toddler.

His family was fleeing a war torn area where a charlatan group of extremist believers (ISIS) would impose a strict theocratic government with no promise of freedom or democracy.   They were leaving behind the quite real possibility of their children being kidnapped and brainwashed to kill or behead ….  at eight years old.  They were running to the promise of safety and security where there might be opportunities, a choice in lifestyle, career, and mobility; where the ability to worship according to personal belief is granted without repercussion.   They, and thousands like them, are willing to endure grueling conditions and the possibility of death for freedom and democracy.

It is a horrendous statement of human arrogance that a baby would die in the pursuit of freedom while a woman born to privilege would abuse that same freedom.

Kim Davis will never know the insecurity of growing up in a nation wracked with war.  Because of her birth place she will never know what it feels like to live under a tyrannic ruler. Kim Davis will not experience what it means to have her political voice stifled as a woman.  She will not know what it feels like to have no choice and no opportunities since she was born in a secure, democratic nation.

Yet.  She would spurn that freedom.  She would defy her own democracy.   She mocks the document that allows her to worship to her own calling – a liberty that others die for, including little Aylan, his brother and his mother.

Kim Davis lives in relative comfort while sitting in jail.  She gets three meals a day, she has a roof over her head, she is protected from violence – even though she disregards the constitution that allows her those comforts.

On the other side of the world, a father buries his two sons and their mother, in a city they fled in order to acquire  the privilege of freedom and democracy.  He took the risk to gain a better life for his family and paid the price that none of us can fathom.

Would that Kim Davis could fathom her place of privilege, and how utterly arrogant her act of defiance is in the face of a drowned toddler.

Yours,

Frankie