The move toward American Theocracy by the empowered evangelical 'elite' in the US has made it almost impossible for an atheist or non-christian to be elected to office. Schools are having their curriculum undermined by creationist who wish to revise history, remove evolution from science, and prevent teaching sexual health and pregnancy prevention. Atheist fear reprisals for not being christian and are often discriminated against at work, socially, and most especially in the military. American as a "Christian Nation" is not a free nation or an ethical one.
Please- What ideas do you have on combating this most dangerous decline in American intellectual and social standards? I'm especially interested in ideas from outside the US. Whatever you wish to add.
Leveni- I'd send my kids to a Catholic school for the educational value. The local catholic school teaches evolution. It's not as bad as some of the public schools. In the US the vitriol and abuse of power is unbelievable. There are a lot of state wide positions concerning curriculum that are being dictated by Creationist.
Philip- I sure hope you are right! Im worried because so many people in power are constricting the flow of money to research and bolstering studies that fit their world view. Im not so comfortable as you are about theocracy not taking hold. We already have a military that pushes Evangelism and punishes the non- Evangelist. I hope you are right. Please see the following link to understand where Im coming from.
Richard- Wow! This sounds absolutely amazing! I will certainly look into this. Sounds like an approach that may work. A lot of respect and discussion would be a nice change. I personally don't have a lot of problems with 'intelligent design' folks who acknoledge evolution. We can't expect everyone to be Atheist or become one overnight. It's a bit of a process. Believing in science is a force for good and the most important part of all this.
Keep the ideas Rolling!
I agree with your statement. Often Dignity is not afforded to under-educated folk on this website. We have to model the values we believe in. Ethics aren't just for the religious.
Perhaps some folks could write articles condeming certain things and why they condemn them from an atheist point of view. Christians do this all the time. It also goes back to the idea of an Atheist NGO aid group.
I've wanted to play that game myself. I think Scientology is a scourge and I can't wait util the current FBI probe gets them on human trafficking!
Uniting everyone is harder than it seems. People still need to feel 'special' and part of a group- not the whole. Sunday morning is still the most segregated time of the week in amerca. People want to tribe up- otherwise this site wouldn't exist. It's not all bad but you'd think we would have gotten over some of it by now. Mass media should have helped in this regard- but it seems to have hindered more than helped
I vote for honey most of the time. Like a good political campaign Athiest will also need attack dogs so the main figureheads will not get labled as azzholz.
Richard- Still what a great effort you are putting forward.
Dear John Jubinsky, and others,
I completely agree. Although I am very gratified that the Humanist organizations in the USA (which is where I live) support science and reason (and defend evolutionary theory), they neglect issues of social ethics, human justice and dignity and betterment. That takes taking moral responsibility with implications that challenge the existing corporate capitalist paradigm and the emphasis on profit. The American Humanist Association magazine "The Humanist" published a few articles on the subjects of war, peace and social justice, but the Center for Inquiry seems to consciously avoid the topic, prefering instead to promote Darwin, almost like a cult figure. There have been modern rational and scientific thinkers who have also devoted part of their lives to peace and social justice, such as Bertrand Russell, yet he is hardly ever mentioned.
Why? Do American humanist organizations lack the political courage? Are rational atheists uncaring or indifferent?
This seems fairly easy but I think there are too many American atheists who are still afraid to show their allegiances. Get out there and show yourself. Wear a t-shirt. Wear the scarlet A on a jacket collar. Just do something to show that you are out there and that your opinions count. The more people that do this, the more you will see others joining in.