I was browsing CNN.com's home page when I found a link: Conventions turn atheists off.  Considering my interest in the Democratic convention at least, plus my awareness of the whole fooforaw about the god-language in the Democratic platform, I decided to have a look ... and five paragraphs down, I just about dropped my teeth!

After word spread Wednesday that Democrats left God out of their platform, atheists rejoiced. “Truly amazing news,” wrote Loren Miller on Atheist Nexus, a popular atheist blog. “The Republicans remain in the firm grasp of right-wing Christian religiosity, and I really don't know what it's going to take to free them from it.”

I have to say, I'm of two minds about this.  Yeah, I'm STILL an atheist and very much OUT, and if there is fallout from my being more publicly outed, I think I can manage that.  On the other hand, I think I would have liked to have been ASKED FIRST about whether I wanted to be quoted, if for no other reason than the sake of courtesy.  Yes, my words are in the public domain, and it is all too easy to cut-and-paste something and publish it, with or without permission.  I also sort of wonder if they grabbed my comment and not someone like sk8eycat's or someone else's BECAUSE I use my real name.

Sometimes we may be tempted to think of Atheist Nexus as a private club, someplace where we can say what we want to and not worry about repercussions from within the site itself.  For the most part, it is ... but that didn't stop Dan Merica from diving in here and coming up with something for his blog, any more than it stopped him from going on the American Atheists' site and quoting Mark Musante or David Silverman.

Point being: if Dan knows we're here, others will very likely follow - perhaps a cautionary tale for all of us who enjoy the environs of Atheist Nexus.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2012 at 10:38pm

Loren, I understand your concern and may have reasons not to let it be known how you feel about religion. 

I take a different position because I have nothing to lose. I put my name on all my writings and want to be known for what I believe. I'm not saying my way is right or better; I just mean that if I keep quiet to the general public, and more pointedly to my family and friends, my silence implies agreement. I do not agree with organized religion, their policies or their practices. I admit to being an angry atheist and I focus much of my vitriol onto those who pontificate. I hate, NO, that is too weak a word, I feel utter and complete disgust by the crimes committed against me, my family, my loved ones, my friends, and my neighbors who profess to be Christians ... or whatever ... and then silently accept oppression and domination. I especially have angry feeling for those who go on proselytizing missions thinking they are taking a "better" god than others'. What hubris! What arrogance. And then go into an area with food and clothes and medicines and don't address policies and practices that create horrid conditions. Instead of of pulling bodies out of the river, go upstream and stop the slaughter at its source.  

Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2012 at 9:01pm

Oh, don't worry.  I intend to keep speaking my mind.  This was more a wake-up call as to just who may be listening in.  If someone wants to intimidate me, they're going to have to bring something a touch more impressive than harsh language.

Comment by Jeff Dempsey on September 8, 2012 at 8:51pm

Congratulations Loren!  Don't be alarmed by this to the point of not speaking your mind or your ability to express freethought or your intellect!


Jeff Dempsey

"Don't buy your cracklins from a rabbi!"

Comment by John Aultman on September 8, 2012 at 2:18pm

On the one hand congratulation Loren on the other I understand your reluctance of being quoted on CNN.   



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