Atheists Challenge the Religious Right

Tomorrow’s edition of The Christian Science Monitor shows how atheists are putting themselves out there. It’s a pretty positive article, mentioning such staples of non-religiousness as the Secular Coalition for America, the Blasphemy Challenge, and… um… The New York Times.

There are some great soundbytes in the article.

From Lori Lipman Brown, lobbyist for the Secular Coalition for America:

“In some parts of the country, children are ostracized if someone finds out their families are atheists… We need to educate the public that people who don’t have a god belief can be good neighbors and friends and moral and ethical people.”

“Some people want to go back to a time when religion was imposed, such as official prayer in public schools… For someone to say they can’t practice their religion appropriately if all schoolchildren are not required to recite a public prayer is very disturbing.”

“I have absolutely no problem with anyone believing differently than I believe, as long as they don’t impose their religion on me or my government.”

Nat Hentoff gets quoted in there for good measure:

“We’ve suffered enough from religious intolerance that the last thing the world needs is irreligious intolerance.”

[tags]The Christian Science Monitor, atheist, atheism, Secular Coalition for America, Blasphemy Challenge, The New York Times, Lori Lipman Brown, God, religion, Christianity, Nat Hentoff[/tags]

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