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Our buddy Glenn Beck is at it again
In an attempt to start another “Boston Tea Party,” he is calling those who love America to action. He is asking that everyone join a local MeetUp group
and meet together on Friday March 13th at 5pm ET to watch his program on the Fox News Channel.
He’s calling on ALL, Republicans and Democrats.
He wants to return to “We The People.”
He wants to stop America from becoming a socialist country.
If you, my fellow nontheist, agree and want to “restore” your country, don’t bother. Atheists are not welcome.
Below are Beck’s Nine Principles he wants you to agree on:
1. America is good.
2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
And here is his 12 Values:
• Hard Work
• Personal Responsibility
Beck goes on to say that you have to agree with at least 7 of the principles to participate. But why is number 2 even on the list? What does believing in a god(s) have to do with anything? Can atheists not be concerned citizens? Are we not a part of "We The People?"
Beck wants us to send a digital version of your picture to: email@example.com
to show our support.
Please join me in emailing Beck and letting him know that his continued bigotry will not be tolerated. Also, feel free to send him a picture of you with something added to make it clear you are an nontheist.
• Send him a picture of you holding copy of Dawkins's "God Delusion."
• Send him a picture holding the American Flag and wearing an atheist t-shirt.
• Send him a picture of you holding an "Atheist Nexus" sign.
If you do any of these things, please send a copy of the picture to me, and I will post it on the front page.
UPDATE: It looks like Glenn Beck has responded to Atheist Nexus Members!
This evening I received an anonymous email stating that Glenn Beck was going to respond to the multitude of emails he received from atheists.
Watching his show, I was amazed that he didn't mention Atheist Nexus by name. He obviously has received our message
. Unfortunately, he has made it clear, that nontheists are not welcome in his view of America.
When the video is available, I will post it here.
Below is a letter I have sent him, please excuse the length, and feel free to send him your comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am outraged by your continual bigoted reference to the non-religious in America. If you would have said similar things about Catholics or Jews, you would be kicked off the air faster than Don Imus. In fact, if you called us nappy-haired hoes, it would have been less detestable.
Based on today's show, you need to amend your website to now say Principle Number 2 is not optional. American nontheists, who may have wanted to participate in Friday’s event, might be mislead by your statement that one only needs to agree with 7 of your Principles.
Why did your expert panel not include at least one secular historian? Did you feel there religious men were sufficient to provide a “fair and balanced” accounting of American history? How can you with one breath cry about the godless forcing their views down your throat, and then with the other shove your views down theirs? How can you call yourself a Libertarian? Possibly you should no longer invite atheists like Penn Jillette to be a guest of your program.
Do you really believe the Golden Rule implies that an individual must believe in God and that he be the center of their life? Really? I would recommend doing a simple internet search. You will find that the Golden Rule was a treasured principle long before it was uttered by Jesus. One of the oldest forms was attributed to Confucius, “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.” Believe me when I tell you the majority of atheists live by, and cherish this principle. In fact, we would love it if all religious people would actually live by it as well.
It is quite sad that nontheists are not welcome to participate in your event. I guess we interested nonbelievers will have to settle for our own version of the Boston Tea Party, and include bigots like yourself to our protest. Since the Sons of Liberty dressed as Native Americans during the dissent, we should choose some form of garb that would heap upon you the same respect you give us (magic underwear maybe?).
Whether you like it or not, many Americans are realizing they can be good moral people, and can raise ethical children, without the superstitions of religion. They are finding new ways to appreciate the great traditions and rituals that were once provided by their churches, and incorporating them into a wonderful, fulfilling, and beautiful life. One based in reality.
How dare you sir. You owe an apology to me and the millions of nontheist Americans. To borrow a phrase from another minority, “We’re here. We’re godless. Get used to it!”
As an addendum, I thought I would add to your quotes of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. I'll also include Presidents 2-4 to round out the founders of our great Country.
"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."
"He (the Rev. Mr. Whitefield) used, indeed, sometimes to pray for my conversion, but never had the satisfaction of believing that his prayers were heard."
"In the affairs of the world, men are saved, not by faith, but by the want of it."
"I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absenteed myself from Christian assemblies."
“Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. I had hoped that liberal and enlightened thought would have reconciled the Christians so that their [not our?] religious fights would not endanger the peace of Society.”
"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity."
"The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."
“It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service [formation of the American governments] had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven...”
"Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear."
"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."
"Religions are all alike - founded upon fables and mythologies."
"Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting "Jesus Christ," so that it would read "A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;" the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination."
"In no instance have . . . the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people."
"...the number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people, have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the State"
"During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution."