Evil in our midst

Mare Lacrimarum, reader/commenter of the site, sent in this touching email and a picture.

Big guys can be Evil Little Things too!  :P

Jessica inspired me to finally come out to my family about who I am.  I am proud to support her future education.

Thanks Jessica!

And thank you too, JT.  Rational voices are heard, even in the middle of Kansas :D

I’m glad he supports Jessica…but what’s with the tentacles?  If we are ever going to march on Castle Pharyngula, I cannot tolerate disloyalty such as this!

I get lots of emails from people coming out and most describe it as the feeling of letting go of a tremendous weight.  Michaelyn has been reading a book this weekend called The Fault in Our Stars and sending me good quotes from it.  One in particular applies to coming out of the closet as an atheist.

“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.” ~ Taxi Driver

Freedom: in the case of religion, it’s trusting your judgment more than the believer’s, who themselves trust a handful of people from a time where magic really was thought to be the answer to many mysteries.  Freedom is the enemy of religion – indeed, in Christianity it’s the only sin for which you can be punished.  But it’s vital for loving yourself.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • http://atheos-godless.blogspot.com Barry

    What’s with the tentacles? What in Cthulhu’s name do you mean?

    Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

    • christophburschka

      Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

      My sentiment exactly!

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM

    If we are ever going to march on Castle Pharyngula

    JT, the march was last month. Don’t you ever read your email?

  • Laura C.

    Freedom is the enemy of religion – indeed, in Christianity it’s the only sin for which you can be punished. But it’s vital for loving yourself.

    It took me such a long time to see this, mostly because the kind of Christianity I was raised with touted “freedom from sin” as the only “true” freedom. And since a lot of those sins were completely natural thoughts and feelings, there really wasn’t a way for me to be satisfied with myself.

    Needless to say, I have a lot more self-esteem as an atheist than I ever did as a Christian.

    • redwood

      Laura C.–Yes! I was there too and the freedom I felt when I left and still feel is exhilarating.

  • Mare Lacrimarum

    I’ve been reading your blog since the Xanga days, JT. You are a sage voice in a sea of confusion and pandering. Keep doing what you do, and I’ll keep reading it. And comment, if I can think of something witty enough. :D

  • Mare Lacrimarum

    And if we ever want to assault Castle Pharyngula, we are going to need people that can blend in, and sow internal discord. :P

    • http://beerijuana.wordpress.com/ beerijuana

      More than witty enough…

  • http://inmyunbelief.wordpress.com TCC

    Tangent: The Fault in Our Stars is an excellent book, probably the best YA book of the year, and one of the things I like about the author, John Green (who’s not an atheist but had at one point planned on becoming a minister and changed his mind after a stint as a student chaplain in a children’s hospital), is how he deals with serious existential questions like the problem of suffering. Highly recommended reading for everyone.