I went to the pride parade yesterday in Chicago. What a celebration of people. All people. No exceptions. No prerequisites. People from many walks, many faiths, many body types and many many idea sets. It’s not just about gay pride; It’s about human and sexual pride. It’s about family. It is a place of unconditional love. Wow.
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In light of being called fanatical and full of fiery passion lately, this video makes me feel a little better. I was pretty offended at first, but it’s true. I am passionate about non-belief.
I wouldn’t stand by while a friend was abused by her boyfriend. Why would I stand by why she was mentally abused by something as unprovable and relentlessly damaging as religious teachings? I wouldn’t stand by. I would intervene.
The video is a bit verbose and long. The gist is this: “I may be labeled a militant, but there’s a big difference between militant atheism and militant religiosity.”
I think this story from a guy nicknamed “LonestarGrandad” from “why won’t god cure amputees” is worth passing forward.
In particular, I like how the lonestargrandad says, “I am not a Christian, I am not a sinner, I am not a rebel, I am not an atheist. I am a rational person.”
Why did he come to this conclusion? Because he developed an allergy as a young man. Instead of those with “knowledge” in the church giving him the simple answer to his allergy, they prayed over him. Sent him magical cloths. He ended up being miserable, because at a moment’s notice, he might swell up and resemble elephant man. He couldn’t figure out the reason.
He could have avoided a world of adolescent misery and shame if he just went to the doctor.
Pass it along.
Edward Current needs to do a few stinkers before he hits on a gem. I think this one is still in the stinker category, but his efforts are always valiant.
I really must meet Betty Bowers. What a delightful woman.
Here’s the gem from which she garnered the award.