I see good things coming out of Atheist Nexus

Each one of you, Loren, Pat, Bertold, and Daniel, and others on this Atheist Nexus site are such decent men and women, full of experiences from life, and a healthy quality of skepticism. You see the cons of religious dogma and the terrible things people do in the name of their gods. We all know the good that religion has done, however, that does not mitigate the injury that is made possible through dogma. I feel distress when moderate religious remain silent in the face of atrocities done in the name of that which they call god, or allah or whatever. 

A well is drilled into the ground to reach an aquifer and bring forth water for many uses. The commonality is the water. Each well is separate, drawing from a common source. 

A well drilled into the atmosphere is a symbol of each human life, reaching for identity, health, community, work, and reason. Each person reaches into a common atmosphere. If we take away the national borders, the religious influences, the us-vs.-them mentality, we might be able to see each one as a person. If we got rid of the notion of dominion and all that it implies, perhaps we could see with different understanding. 

I know, just dreams, only as likely as walking on clouds or water. If we don't dream, imagine, reach for something better, we walk the same paths ahead of us as those who worked and healed and built the path in the past. 

I see good things happening on Atheist Nexus site. I observe people learning how to build arguments, how to confront even in the face of strong opposition, of seeing opportunity that comes only when there is conflict. The only place I feel positive is reading Atheist Nexus. There is hope for a better future and it isn't going to come from some superhuman energy, it will come from people such as you. By thinking clearly, communicating effectively, acting responsibly, we can ... and will ... make a difference. 

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 16, 2014 at 11:45am

Randy, I agree that "it feels good to belong to this special group of nonbelievers". Tough issues debated, strong personalities, growing ability to take on the hard stuff. I am nurtured by reading your posts and the others that seem to flow from a deep source. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 16, 2014 at 11:33am

Daniel, your comments enrich me so very much. You have been an anchor for me all these years. 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 16, 2014 at 7:56am

I look forward to begin each day with reading blogs and comments here on A.N. In a world of religious fanatics, it feels good to belong to this special group of nonbelievers. However, in my little world of realism, I have grave doubts our "message" will ever become a dominant force. There is power in numbers, and we have few. There are times when I have hope, like when I attended the "Reason Rally" in D.C. a couple of years ago. Yes, we need more Hichens, Dawkins, and our very own Joan (and the rest of you). Thanks for inspiring me to be a better atheist. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2014 at 11:43pm

I feel great humility as I read each one of your posts, blogs, and comments. There are bubbles of truth gurgling up in Atheist Nexus that foretells good things. The richness of the content, coupled with the shared experiences of lives well lived, offer energy that is so far superior to the imagined energy of superhuman power, desirable things will surely flow. 

Comment by Loren Miller on September 15, 2014 at 8:49pm
Michael, most if not all the theists believe the hype and the propaganda. So long as they believe that way, we need to be vocal against them. The more atheists are out, the more the truth will come out with us.
Comment by Michael Penn on September 15, 2014 at 7:25pm

Some of us may be getting a good education here. I read the blogs daily and know what most on here have said.

As for theists, they have us wrong. They think the atheist is worse than a terrorist and they wonder why their god doesn't strike him down. The real fear of a atheist is that he might persuade a believer NOT to believe any longer. This s their fear, and our numbers are growing.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 15, 2014 at 6:36pm

Hell, Pat, that I get mentioned in the same sentence as YOU takes me aback a bit, and thanks to Joan that she did that.  I've said it many times: I'm just doing what I can here.  Every so often, the muse bites me on the ass, and I figure out something to put down here.  If someone on A|N benefits from it, so much the better.

Comment by Travis Hedglin on September 15, 2014 at 3:53pm

A: Most moderates see atheists as more of a threat than their extremists. They did not learn history, so they do not yet realize that once we are gone, the extremists will turn their death machine on them.

B: I feel that culture often has an impact, perhaps even a greater impact, than religion does. Christianity used to be as violent and hateful as ISIS is today, but society changed, and so it had to adapt or die.

C: Because of B, I great case against nationalism could be made. It seems to be almost as influential, in some cases more influential, than religion. In WWII we should have learned that state policy isn't about what is good or fair, but about what the people will allow, and that is not always moral.

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