It’s encouraging to see our secular movement growing and gaining strength. We are meeting, networking, organizing, participating, and proliferating. As our numbers increase, so does membership in the growing number of secular organizations. We are receiving national and international media attention, with the important message of reality-based alternatives to lives and minds dimmed by the influences of religion, its myths and superstitions.
Each day, friends, neighbors, and countrymen, who share our world-view, but until now have lacked the courage or support to let their thoughts be know to others, are standing up, speaking out, and accepting their role in what may be the most important and consequential social change in the history of mankind – an evolution and transition from the world of mythological beliefs and practices toward lives, societies and nations founded upon science, facts, and reason.
Much like those minority groups which have gone before us to proudly proclaim their identity, become recognized and accepted equals in our political processes, and claim their rightful place in society; nothing is more important to our future success than for non-theists to “come out” to their families and friends, their coworkers and communities. One has to wonder, for each one of us who is openly non-theist, how many of our family members and friends secretly share our rejection of religion and dogma?
Next March 29th, Good Friday to Christians, public attention, popular discussion, social practices, and world media coverage will focus on the Christian myth – Jesus dying on the cross, then rising from the dead to save mankind from sin. Most of us don’t get this at all. But, what an opportune time for us, non-theists and secularists, to plan, organize and publicize a nationwide, or even worldwide, effort to encourage our family members, friends, and neighbors who share our rejection of religion to “come out” in mass? We can create the back story to next year’s Good Friday, a story and public discussion which will facilitate conversations among family members, friends, and neighbors, and provide non-theists with the opportunity and moment to openly join us in this most important of social change movements.
Good Friday? No, it will be a Great Friday! We can own this. Great Friday can become our annual, purposeful, secular response and alternative to another religious holiday.
We have the message. We have the resources. We have this opportunity.