Please respond to this discussion answering the following questions with a yes or no:
Do you keep up with politics?
Do you believe in the Separation of Church and State?
Even though it is not specifically called out in the constitution, do you believe our Founding Fathers implied such a separation?
Do you believe that there are some politically powerful individuals who would love nothing more than to completely tear down that wall of separation that our Founding Fathers worked so diligently to build?
If you answered yes to any of the following questions... Do you actively participate in local meetups for any organization like the Secular Coalition of America, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State or the Freedom from Religion Foundation?
Now for additional feedback: If you answered no to the last question.. but answered yes to the others... I have to ask.. WHY NOT?
Why do you believe that there are not more individuals from our community attending their local meetups?
Here is my reason for doing asking such pointed questions.
Over the last few months I have participated in several local groups here in the Atlanta area including, the Atlanta Freethought Society, G.U.S.T., and the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - Georgia Chapter.
Both AFS and AU-Ga had meet ups this past weekend. Considering there are 100's of people registered with AU from Ga... only about 20 people showed up for the meeting. AFS had Sean Faircloth (Executive Director of the Secular Coalition of America) in town to speak before its members. Maybe 60 people showed up. Not shabby.. but I would have expected a standing room only crowd.
It seems to me.. that we as a nation and especially our community... are not very motivated to protect that which we feel so strongly about.
I wrote about Sean Faircloths presentation at AFS today in my blog (WoodyBass.com), and yes I pointed out that those who support the Separation of Church and State must reach out to the faithful and educate them that the SOCS is as beneficial to them... as it is for us. It is not an atheist concept.
But if we as a Secular community are not organized, participating and supporting... how can we expect anything to change?
What is it going to take to get people organized, empowered and involved?