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Since I'm new to Atheist Universe, I figured I'd offer something of an introduction to where I'm coming from, via some of my writings.  I penned the following some years back, but I stand by it ... and I'd be interested in hearing your comments.

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The scene is a wooded field, somewhere in farm country. Three men sit around a campfire, sharing a joint and talking....

George Hanson: You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it.
Billy: Man, everybody got chicken, that's what happened. Hey, we can't even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we're gonna cut their throat or somethin'. They're scared, man.
George Hanson: They're not scared of you. They're scared of what you represent to 'em.
Billy: Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.
George Hanson: Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom.
Billy: What the hell is wrong with freedom? That's what it's all about.
George Hanson: Oh, yeah, that's right. That's what's it's all about, all right. But talkin' about it and bein' it, that's two different things. I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em.
Billy: Well, it don't make 'em runnin' scared.
George Hanson: No, it makes 'em dangerous.

That was 40 years ago, and the issue was breaking free of the establishment. Now people like us are focusing on a different brand of freedom: freedom FROM religion, and I can't help but notice that the "establishment," in the person of the First Estate, is becoming increasingly bent out of shape as we become more and more OUT.

It's not as though the concept of living without benefit of a deity is a new idea. Tom Jefferson and a number of the other men who founded this nation took a dim view of religious belief ... though they tended to be very circumspect about that element of themselves. Nearly 200 years later, in 1962, Hugh Hefner posits the need for freedom from religion in his Playboy Philosophy and 47 years after that, more and more people are becoming more vocal and public about their disbelief and willingness to live their lives without benefit of a deity, from Bill Maher to Sam Harris to you and me.

Meantime, I have to believe that the aforementioned First Estate "establishment" has got to be aghast at these developments. They've been taking it on the chin for a while, from the fiascoes of Jim and Tammy Fae Bakker to Jimmy Swaggart's way-too-public apology to the more recent smack-down of "Intelligent Design" in the Dover, PA trial of 2005.

My point is this: we've seen what happens when Islamic fundamentalists react to perceived threats to their religion. Should we expect a similar reaction from the Christers to the growing perceived threat of rationalism / atheism? Please understand, I am NOT in any way, shape, or form suggesting we should hold back or pull our punches. I'm just wondering if, in the face of what may finally be waning support for their snake oil that we should expect some form of counterstrike.

Am I being alarmist or paranoid? [They're AFTER US!!! {No, they're not!} Yes, they ARE!!!] Mostly, I'd like to think I'm being aware of possibilities ... remembering the old phrase:

Forewarned is forearmed.

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Comment was by Loren Miller on May 10, 2016 at 10:37am

Oh, they can try, Onyango ... but after a fair amount of training under the tutelage of a Korean Marine Corps colonel in Tang Soo Do, I don't respond to bullying very well.

Comment was by Onyango Makagutu on May 10, 2016 at 10:34am

You are far from being paranoid. I don't think Christcultists can take us back to the days of inquisition but they can, where they have control, try to bully us into silence

Comment was by Loren Miller on April 18, 2016 at 11:22am

No argument, Neal, none at all.  The big problem to my mind remains the fact that the moderates still provide cover for the more radical elements, whether you want to talk about Christianity or Islam, and most of them don't know, don't care, and wouldn't agree with you if you pointed that out.

There's a lot of learning that needs to happen in the believer community ... and a lot of UNLEARNING as well.

Comment was by Neal on April 18, 2016 at 11:19am

Actually, Christianity in some parts of the world is as bad as any other religion.

Comment was by Neal on April 18, 2016 at 11:18am

I would say that attacks on Doctors who perform abortions and Planned Parenthood Clinics are definitely a terrorist organization, and it is religious in nature.

I still don't think my religious neighbors are going to rise up and start killing the local non-believers, but fundamentalism is the basic problem. That's what's happening with Islam and still happens, albeit to a lesser degree, in regards to Christianity. 

It's fundamentalism that abhors progress and freedom.

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