I am a secular humanist… there I’ve said it. I believe in science, reason and critical thinking. I also believe in ethics, compassion and morality. There are individuals on both the religious and secular/atheist fringe who spout ethics, compassion and morality, when in fact they only apply these values to the individuals who agree with their beliefs. All others receive vile judgment, ridicule and hate. To think that religion will ever be eradicated is folly. To think that ridicule, vile judgment and hate will ever accomplish this result is utter folly. I see secular organizations that I used to respect turning into these fringe groups. Gone is communication, dialogue and teaching. Communication morphs to yelling, dialogue morphs to vitriolic accusations and teaching morphs to dogmatic rants. I was recently talking to a friend about the change in direction of a secular humanist organization that I once had respect for and he said “wow, they are changing from a think tank to just a tank”. I thought that analogy was dead on, because now they are blasting away at anything in their path. This will eventually fail and leave behind nothing but chaos for secular humanism and bigger roadblocks to the task of communication and education. You can’t make sophomoric fun of someone and then expect them to listen. Please to all who are listening, become teachers…not assassins.