Just read that the Freedom From Religion Foundation has placed a banner outside the Bulloch County Courthouse in Statesboro, GA.
On it is this message:
At this season of the Winter Solstice, let reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.
While I agree with the essence of the message, I don’t agree with the message itself. To me, it’s very negative and does nothing for the cause the foundation espouses. IMO, it would have been far better to stay positive by emphasizing the significance of the Winter Solstice and nature itself. I feel certain Christians would have gotten the message (especially considering the sign was placed next to a nativity scene).
It’s no wonder Christians looks askance at many atheists/non-believers when they read communications like this. The very core of what many of them believe (especially in the Southern states) is being attacked so their defenses immediately go up.
It’s my contention that no matter which side of the fence you’re on, to focus on the negatives of the “other side” rarely wins the battle. This does not mean people shouldn’t share and/or promote what they believe. It just means doing it in a manner that stimulates intelligent conversation and keeps everyone’s blood pressure under control. 🙂
P.S. Wishing all a wonderful holiday season and a safe and healthy 2015.