A letter to a "Christian Nation" from a concerned neighbour. Please read.
The following is inspired by all the hard work and efforts of the many humanists, skeptics, atheists and freethinkers who truly believe in a better world. Not to mention the frustration of seeming like we're the only one who care about tomorrow. I don't mean to offend anyone's national culture. Their faith is not my concern.
A Concerned Canadian:
Dear overprivileged Conservative Christians,
For centuries you have been carrying a big stick, dripping with blood and tears. As an atheist, this has always confused me. You've always had the right to worship as you please, yet you use the stick on those who desire the same rights. Why? It causes no threat to you if there's a mosque in your town. Just like you, people of all faiths need a place to worship. You almost seem afraid. Why?
Americans are destroying the foundation on which their country was founded by polluting the well of freedom with ink from an ancient book of cruel men and evil legends. Why? America's forefathers fled Europe to start a nation free of religious oppression. When someone reminds you of your Founding Fathers' words, expressing their dreams of a nation bound by patriotism, you don't thank the person. You curse them. The stick is used to drive drive those who truly care about their country and its roots. Why?
The children of this world are our future. Their minds are so important to all of us. Yet you handicap them. You deny them truth in life. You penetrate all levels of governments, deliberately changing curriculum that doesn't fit your Bronze-Aged belief system. It is replaced with nonsense and lies. Why? You deny them the proper tools in science education to understand the real world. These tools are exchanged for fairytales of evil devils and magical men. Why? And for those who want a proper education for their child, the stick. They're beaten back as you lament the persecution of a Christian Nation. This also confuses me. Have your churches closed their doors? Is 1 day a week for life not enough for a person to learn 1 book? Do you really need to infiltrate the one place they should find truth? Why?
You may have already noticed that overall scores in math and science are already on the decline in the United States. If you're trend continues, if you keep getting lower and lower test scores in key areas on a global scale, what will praying do for your great, great grand children when the rest of the world passes them by. Who will be your doctors, scientists, surgeons, judges? Will your country still be feared when fewer and fewer scientists and engineers are available to create weapons and war-machines? Without a proper background in physics and calculus, many of these jobs will be outsourced to more qualified candidates. Who will they be? What faith will they follow?
In the generations to come, who will be your elite, your financiers, people of influence, politicians? Lacking proper education, it's unlikely that faithful Christians will compete with foreign prospects in global economics, geo-politics and business. Who will replace them? What faith will they follow? Who will be making policies in your schools? Who will be making laws in your towns.
I personally welcome new cultures and ideas into my world. The music, the food, the languages. To learn how to live, laugh, and love in so many ways.... What about you? You seem to want to distance yourselves from all these wonderful experiences. To shut out the possibility that you might actually enjoy it. Why?
Now here's a point that's hard to discuss. It not only confuses me, it hurts. If you truly believe in souls, you are poisoning your children's. You fill them with hate and fear. For what? Because a book that no longer holds up to any clinical or ethical scrutiny says so? Telling them who's deviant and perverted, what's evil, and who is going to burn eternally in Hell. To ingrain a potentially life-long list of prejudices that will negatively impact their ability to reason objectively. To deny a child the right to learn, to think, to question and discover the real world. I'm sorry. You do not have the right to abuse a child like that. Did you really think nobody would notice?
A child's future is all of our future. Humans are a socially evolved species. We cannot continue living in a society of hate and division. All because your book doesn't like the other books. If you were to ask any sane person "Should a conflict of ideals between Plato, Shakespeare, and Tom Clancy be allowed to slow or stop our social evolution?", the answer would surely be no. Yet you are doing this very thing. And your children are the real victims of this reckless, selfish behavior. Why?
Can you really not see the future of your “Christian” nation? Do you love you children, or your fairytale?
These things confuse most atheists, and especially those of us who happen to be humanists. But I'm here to tell you it's going to be ok. Why?
Some of you may have noticed that we have begun to take away your sticks. We have no use for them. You have no use for them. We know you will struggle. We know you will resist. We know you will cry religious persecution. Why!?! Nothing will change for you and your faith. Not having your stick to force your beliefs onto others is not persecution. It's just fair. If faith truly is a personal journey, then you'll be just fine keeping it personal. We like the books we read too. And if you don't dog-ear the pages, we'll lend them to you.
We don't want to take your books, even though most of us actually do enjoy reading them!. We don't want to close your churches, except those that advocate cruelty to others. We don't wan't to take anything away but your stick and fear of not having it. It's a heavy stick and you've all been carrying it around for a long time. You can put it away. We are not going to use sticks of our own. We won't try to change your minds by force, We are here to educate and inform. We are here to help. You'll see. Social evolution depends on the current generation doing something to leave a positive and favorable impact on the next. So let's get started!
We cannot let our children, ourselves and our species down. To deny freethought, skepticism and limit our intelligence is counter-evolutionary as a society, and at this point I dare say species. We must move forward, together.
Your stick is getting in the way.
Question the world, then enjoy discovering it!
Peace and Plenty.