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Hearts & Minds…

American Atheists circulated a letter today, calling for careful examination of the way we communicate – particularly online.  I’m aware that, in my frustration with elements of religion that I see as destructive and oppressive, I can be sardonic, reductive and sometimes even smug.  I try to remember that one of the things I find most objectionable about religion is the inflexible dogma and sense of unquestioned righteousness that some believers display.

I’m trying to be open and understanding – even of those who continue to spew hate and ignorance – and especially with those who simply think differently than I do (incomprehensible though it may be).

The full text of the letter can be found here.  It’s an important read.

 

 

http://atheists.org/open-letter-secular-community 

 

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Symbols of hope…or oppression?

WTC cross

A friend of mine raised the issue today of the “World Trade Center Cross”, a pair of crossbeams which approximate the proportions of the Christian symbol, that were found on the site of the collapsed buildings.  A recent lawsuit over whether it should be included in the World Trade Center museum has pitted those who see it as a source of inspiration amid despair – and those who feel it represents a public endorsement of a religious symbol.  What do you think?