What we have here is the typical internet discussion. We know and agree that religion is doing harm to our culture, our family units and even our government. How many more years do we agree that much needs to be done to fix the growing problems. In 1994 I saw the internet and the power of communication it gave all of us. We all linked up based on our interest in politics, religion and culture. We spent 20 years discussing what interests us and then that was it.
I question what happened to us causing us to stagnate and simply make friends or even enemies depending on our points of view. That meeting I had so many years ago with Eddie Tabash opened the door for me to go searching for others who understood the secular life. He told me about CFI and I was thrilled. I have no background in the level of discussion I found here and all I had in my favor were the books I had read and continue to read.
My problem is that I’m running out of time. I sometimes feel like a big bird trying to break out of my shell and get to work trying to plant some seeds. My own kids know right from wrong and have no fear of faith or the hereafter. Why can’t we run some Secular candidates that will keep us free from religion? The pattern is to bring some new people here and then they leave without opening some doors. My daughter tried to explain the limits of the internet and she uses it to help her write some very funny stories about obvious things. Maybe I don’t drink enough.
We may not see the changes that we want in our lifetime, however, when they do happen, you can be comforted in the fact that you did indeed at least help plant those seeds. We can run secular candidates, but will they win enough votes? Is the time right? Are the people ready? Perhaps what we are doing at the moment, that is, educating the public on secular life, on the problems of religion and false beliefs, etc… is what needs to be done first. That way, when the time is ripe, when the people are ready, can understand and can see clearly, they will vote for a secular candidate. Of course the candidate simply being secular isn’t enough, the candidate should also be qualified in all the necessary aspects of the position. It seems that in politics, people don’t vote for the best man or woman anyways, they vote for the lesser evil. Which says a lot about the current state of affairs in politics.
Perhaps if we are not doing enough at the moment in these regards, it is that we preach to the choir too much, and not to the participants, to the dare I say even, victims of religion. Certainly we try every so often, and some of us more than others, so much that we know every rebuttal, logical fallacy, and excuse they may have for their beliefs. If there is room for improvement and there is, I think it is also in the method and tone that we communicate to them. We need to appeal to them, and plant the seeds of reason in them ever so gently so that they believe they’ve come to the realization themselves that they discovered the truth themselves, rather than it being shown to them that they have been wrong, that they are ignorant, etc… Because what they are, are victims, like us all.