This is a fantastic video
“The future looks bright for ‘Those good without God'” says the Harvard Political Review in a post entitled “The Rise of the Nonbelievers” in which they discuss the results of the American Religious Identification Survey. Among other things, the percentage of Americans who claim no religious affiliation has risen from just 8% in 1990 to 15% today. More important to me on a personal level, it appears that 23% of my fellow Idahoans are unbelievers, a much higher number than I would have expected. Good to know and I feel less alone somehow. Of course that doesn’t mean that they are all Humanist Atheists like me but at least I know they are out there. Does this mean there is hope?
The answer to that last question could be maybe a little, but not much. The right wing religionistas are still, in too may instances, calling the shots. The try to drag the whoel country down to their level. The United States is no longer first in much of anything , except may number of people in prison. The anti-intellectual right ; the climate deniers, creationists, fundamentalist flat-earthers are having their way in our schools and in the halls of power. The future looks bleak.
I must fight. I can do nothing less. I lack the resources to flee the country and I wouldn’t want to anyway. I would rather proclaim myself and be who I am, come hell or high water. I will speak, write, sing if I have to, but I will do what I can to be heard. I will join my voice with others who share my concerns and together we may yet see the rational triumph over the bookburners, witchunters, and haters of the country. Kick em in the balls, and when they go down, kick em again.
George Carlin, 1999: “Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time! But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit!”