AI: Keep Religion Out of Our Secular Events
Sam can’t come to the Internet today. He is busy distracting republicans away from my uterus with a song and dance routine about Jesus and fried rice. Don’t worry he will be back next week. I just needed a few minutes to jump in and ask you a few questions before I run off to Fort Brag for Rock Beyond Belief.
Remember these guys?
Yeah, those are the people who claimed to be secular-atheists at the American Atheist Convention in Bethesda, Maryland last weekend. That is Rebecca interviewing them. They spent the weekend saying essentially, and to quote Amanda Marcotte, “If you poke it you own it.” In other words, as soon as a man has sex with me, be that by consent or by rape, then I have no say as to what happens to my body after that. Abortion is not an option because you don’t throw away green bananas and keep the brown ones. Yes, that banana story was an actual argument I heard over the weekend insinuating that a baby has MORE of a right to my body than I do. So if said baby might kill the mother, meh give the green banana a chance. It’s more valuble. It's new. Rebecca discussed some of this topic earlier this week.
This is another one of the people who took the anti-choice stance at the table:
They made a lot of people very upset. The girl in the hat said to me, and my friend when my friend raised up her hands to stretch, “Praise the Lord”. You know, cuz hahaha! My friend raised her hands up to stretch, like you would do in church I guess, so obviously, praise-the-Lord pops in your mind!
Yeah… they definitely weren’t entirely atheist or secular and that also has a lot of people rather mad. Personally, I am more upset by the misconstruing of the science to further their belief system than the fact that they actually lied about being atheist.
Some people say that religious organizations shouldn’t be allowed to have tables at our events. That the sole purpose of religious orgs at atheist events is to be aggressive and further their beliefs- that they come in to threaten and bully and to upset this minority group of freethinkers.
It’s true that some women had tears in their eyes when the issue of spontaneous abortion and the efforts of the religious right to accuse women of murder if they miscarry came up. * That may have been me in tears.
I'm about to get to the part where I ask your opinion oh-my-darling Internet friends. And I ask this question on the eve of my leaving to go to an event where I have been told that certain religious people want to kill the entire lot of us evil atheists for participating in a secular music event at a military base. That we are better off dead than having a clear view of science, reality and well… music I guess.
SO: Should we try to exclude religious organizations or people from our events in an attempt to protect ourselves? Should these people been asked to leave when it was found out they were not-so-secular. Or should we continue to welcome openly aggressive and angry organizations to picket and argue at our venues?
I may not have too much time to weigh in because I have to pack for Rock Beyond Belief but I wanted to give a taste of my opinion with this photo I took of Phil Ferguson. He had the table next to the pro-life table. He did not interact with the other table much if at all but instead got a cardboard box and wrote in big letters in sharpie on it: “Donate to Planned Parenthood”. This photo shows the money he raised.
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All photos by me.