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Non-religious: A growing movement
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on May 12, 2010
You may or may not be aware of a growing movement around the world. It is comprised of people who have no use for religion, or any religion for that matter. We identify ourselves as "non-religious", not atheist nor agnostic since those are labels bestowed upon us by the followers of religion, we are "non-religious". We are silent observers of what organized religion has done to the human society. We see the harm, violence, and sheer cruelty forced upon society through the ages by organized religion including the Crusades, the Inquisition, Salem Witch Trials, Northern Ireland, and Israel-Palestine. We have taken responsibility for ourselves, have placed faith in our friends, family, and community and do not rely on an invisible cloud being to guide our hand and excuse our actions. We chuckle when we pass one of the mega churches on Sunday morning and see all the religious folk huddled in their dark sanctuaries learning how to denigrate gays, women, minorities, or any other group you deem beneath them. That statement may seem especially harsh, but given some of the recent legislation championed by religious group, the observation rings true for me. Wouldn't they rather be out in the sunshine, improving themselves and those around them, rather than feeding that anger and bile inside them?
All I hear in their messages is hate and intolerance. Why is there so much anger in them? Do they think it might be that they are having a hard time rationalizing the years of religious indoctrination with their own sense of responsibility, fairness, and peace?
They may want to come join the "non-religious" folk. We are happy, productive, raise wonderful families, contribute to our communities, and have our Sunday mornings free to sleep in, go for a long run, eat some pancakes, play with the dog, or just drink in the wonder of it all.