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    Bravo.

    With having to hear constantly form candidates, left and right, about how religious they are or how they get some of their decision making advice form some non existent invisible man in the sky, atheists are descending upon Washington in a show of unity.

    Apparently the timing is not coincidental, as the looming election season is nearly upon us, and again there are candidates who wish to lead with some of the basis for their political beliefs coming form a 1800 year old book on mythology.

    Personally, I long for the day that religion or mythology is gone form the government. Additionally, I long for the day when theists realize that if they keep their little rituals in their homes and churches, no one really cares what they believe.

    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/...ll-next-month/

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSDC) – Thousands of atheists are expected to attend the Reason Rally next month in Washington, D.C., an event that organizers hope will unify a large part of the secular community.

    On March 24, the National Mall will be populated by those who sympathize with atheist perspectives, generally defined by an absence in belief of deities or other religious icons.

    The website for the event states that organizers aim to encourage participants to claim their identity as what they call “secular Americans,” to dispel stereotypes, and to rally for legislative equality.

    David Silverman, a chair for the Reason Rally Coalition and president of American Atheists, said that participants are motivated by positivity.

    “We’re not going there to complain, we’re not going there to fight,” he told CBSDC. “[We want to] celebrate the fact that we are growing, we are stronger, and we are taking our place in American society.”

    The idea for the rally was born several years ago, from a national meeting of similar minds and their desire to help their movement grow in both strength and number from their current standings.

    “There are 40 to 50 million atheists [in the United States]. About 40 to 50 thousand are involved in the movement,” Silverman said. “That’s one-tenth of 1 percent [of the movement actively participating].”

    Bookending that weekend are other initiatives to further engage those in the secular community and beyond, including a national lobbying day before and a national convention afterwards, all in the hopes of maximizing the impact of the weekend.

    The location and timing of the rally are not coincidence – the Reason Rally hopes to make its own impact on the 2012 elections by injecting a discussion of separations between church and state into the national dialogue.

    “We need people to ask the tough questions, and they’re not. What’s more important: the Bible or the Constitution? Do they want theocracy? Do they want Christianity as the official religion, and if so, which version?” Silverman stated, adding that despite his Republican affiliation, he feels himself without a candidate that supports his beliefs. “Hopefully what we’ll do is get people talking about what … atheists and secularists think.”

    Superseding the importance of political activism, though, is the movement’s passionate desire for true equality.

    “There are more atheists in the country right now than Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists combined and doubled – that’s a lot of people, and we are the most hated … for no reason other than pure and simple religious bigotry, spurned by ignorance,” Silverman said. “Ignorance is killed by awareness … we want to put many faces to [atheism], so people will understand us better and tolerate us more.
    Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.

    Bill Cosby

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    I'd stay away from calling rallies "massive" before they happen.

    But really? An Atheism rally? What exactly would be the point?
    ومن يفعل ذلك عدوانا وظلما فسوف نصليه نارا وكان ذلك على الله يسيراولاتقتلوا انفسسكم ان الله كان بكم رحيماياايها الذين امنوا لاتاكلوا اموالكم بينكم بالباطل الا ان تكون تجارة عن تراض منكم (Qur'an 4:29-30)
    Translation:"O ye who believe!... Do Not kill yourselves, for truly Allah has been to you most merciful. If any do that in hatred and injustice, soon shall we cast him into the Fire of Hell..." (Qur'an 4:29-30) -SUICIDE IS FORBIDDEN IN ISLAM-

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    Quote Originally Posted by Think for myself View Post
    Bravo.

    With having to hear constantly form candidates, left and right, about how religious they are or how they get some of their decision making advice form some non existent invisible man in the sky, atheists are descending upon Washington in a show of unity.

    .
    So the Religious Atheist Fundamentalists are going to have a revival meeting on the Washington Mall as a prelude to haveing their religion installed as the state religion. A million man parade of Christophobia and a stand for immorality and intolerance. As the Church Lady says "Isn't that special".

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLastBoyScout View Post
    I'd stay away from calling rallies "massive" before they happen.

    But really? An Atheism rally? What exactly would be the point?
    To make our voices heard, of course. We have that right just like anyone else does. Studies have shown opposition to atheism and agnosticism goes down when people realize how many of them there are. When people see how many of their friends and neighbors come out of the atheist closet, as it were, their unreasoning fears tend to evaporate. It's the same with gays.
    The christian coalition and the right wing ooo
    Let me tell you what you can do
    Step outside the cone of silence
    Too much hatred and violence
    It's time to rewind
    We need a military decline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Never Left View Post
    So the Religious Atheist Fundamentalists are going to have a revival meeting on the Washington Mall as a prelude to haveing their religion installed as the state religion.
    That does not appear to be an accurate reflection of the facts at hand.
    Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.

    Bill Cosby

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    Quote Originally Posted by randlepatrickmcmurphy View Post
    To make our voices heard, of course. We have that right just like anyone else does. Studies have shown opposition to atheism and agnosticism goes down when people realize how many of them there are. When people see how many of their friends and neighbors come out of the atheist closet, as it were, their unreasoning fears tend to evaporate. It's the same with gays.
    I don't think it's analogous to homosexuality........

    And I don't really care if people wish to express their views in a non-antagonistic way. Just like religious evangelism turns me off and away from people, so does anti-religious evangelism.

    Belief or non-belief in a deity is a very personal thing IMO. To promote or bash a particular version of it in the public square makes me wonder what the rational motive would be and whether that is a productive or destructive pursuit.
    Last edited by TheLastBoyScout; Feb 20 2012 at 12:14 PM.
    ومن يفعل ذلك عدوانا وظلما فسوف نصليه نارا وكان ذلك على الله يسيراولاتقتلوا انفسسكم ان الله كان بكم رحيماياايها الذين امنوا لاتاكلوا اموالكم بينكم بالباطل الا ان تكون تجارة عن تراض منكم (Qur'an 4:29-30)
    Translation:"O ye who believe!... Do Not kill yourselves, for truly Allah has been to you most merciful. If any do that in hatred and injustice, soon shall we cast him into the Fire of Hell..." (Qur'an 4:29-30) -SUICIDE IS FORBIDDEN IN ISLAM-

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLastBoyScout View Post
    I don't think it's analogous to homosexuality........

    And I don't really care if people wish to express their views in a non-antagonistic way. Just like religious evangelism turns me off and away from people, so does anti-religious evangelism.

    Belief or non-belief in a deity is a very personal thing IMO. To promote or bash a particular version of it in the public square makes me wonder what the rational motive would be and whether that is a productive or destructive pursuit.
    Interesting.

    If this is what atheists should do, what woudl you recommend religious pol5tiicians do? leave it out? Certainly we here about beliefs from candidates fairly consistently.
    Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.

    Bill Cosby

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    Religion.

    Humankind's dumbest invention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Never Left View Post
    So the Religious Atheist Fundamentalists are going to have a revival meeting on the Washington Mall as a prelude to haveing their religion installed as the state religion.
    Calling atheism a religion is like calling abstinence a sex position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randlepatrickmcmurphy View Post
    To make our voices heard, of course. We have that right just like anyone else does. Studies have shown opposition to atheism and agnosticism goes down when people realize how many of them there are. When people see how many of their friends and neighbors come out of the atheist closet, as it were, their unreasoning fears tend to evaporate. It's the same with gays.
    ...while you deny that right to others...

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