We as Freethinkers are missing an opportunity of a lifetime. Currently there are the MeToo,Black Lives Matters, GMO's,Evangelical Movement but there isn't any Freethinkers movement.
Today there is a protest in front of the White House by the Evangelicals.Where is our response and an opportunity to express our points of view. If I were in better health I would take up the crusade but i cannot travel. However there must be among us someone who could rally the members to have a march on Washington and protests in the fifty states. These attempts to identify us as christians which defiles the Constitution require immediate attention.In addition, we need a platform to present our views more extensively. We must take on the view that we wish to oppress religion. I do not care if you want to believe whatever you want but you are not going to ignore the Constitution and challenge the separation of church and state.
As Freethinkers it is our desire to protect those who cannot protect themselves. We support protecting our environment, all animals and especially all people.Our position supports a free political system of the people not corporations or the top 5% of the population. The USA a democracy(republic) composed of a multitude of political ideas,based upon the Constitution for the service of ALL PEOPLE OF ALL RACES,RELIGIONS AND NON-RELIGIONS.Yesterday there was a call to make the USA an official christian Nation. We are not a christian Nation rather we are a Nation where you are free to practice any religion or be a non-believer of any religion protected by our Constitution. Where is the outcry against such actions.?
With the movements of today it is our opportunity to scuttle the devil worship image of the Freethinkers and promote our true image of believing in science and what it can prove for the benefit of all living things. Your suggestions on how we can start this would be appreciated.
Well that is a great idea, I'm willing to work with others to try to make this happen, @Marine I,m very open to ideas and planning. I do know that there are Meet-up groups across The U.S. and those groups set up different events. Maybe there is a way to reach out to them,could help in some way. This would also be a great way for some of us to meet and know each one better. So ok lets try.
Your comment becomes problematic with: "we must take on the view that we wish to repress religion".
Should theists around the world conflate this meme with atheism, they'll not only dig their heels in deeper but they'll also feel justified in attacking atheism.
A passive, benign and friendly battle using logic will prove the most effective long term strategy.
April 30, 2018
1Jared HuffmanThe Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating a major milestone in Congress for secular representation. Several representatives have announced the formation of a Congressional Freethought Caucus that will focus on promoting secular values and will give a voice to freethinking voters.
Instead of forming another group, why not send a nice donation to the ACLU? They work tirelessly to keep us free from religious and other non-constitutional strictures, andhave been very successful over many many years/issues. They need support now more than ever!
I hear you, and share your difficulty traveling. The theists are organized at the grass roots level, and they support people traveling. We are an eclectic group, who are in the process of meeting each other. They brow beat us, and have caused a kind of shyness used to survive. They have had rulers of the Roman Catholic Empire as strong as many monarchs throughout time. But, I think the benefactor of Agnostic has done a great thing. I think we are evolving, and we will become a force. Perhaps the time is now. We do need a good organizer-team leader, but freethinkers may not take to an authoritarian like the sheep and their preachers.
"As Freethinkers it is our desire to protect those who cannot protect themselves."
I don't think one has to do anything with the other: a misanthrope can be as effective a freethinker as a treehugger as I see it. Not saying a freethinker is one or the other, merely that our "free thoughts" about our responsability towards those that can't protect themselves is not automatically determined by being a free thinker.
"Our position supports a free political system of the people not corporations or the top 5% of the population."
I don't think that there is a freethinker creed that we had to sign to be freethinkers that makes this the case. LIke the above, it doesn't mean that your "free thoughts" led you to that conclusion but many "free thoughts" lead people to another conclusion and that doesn't make them less of a free thinker.
"Where is the outcry against such actions.?"
Not to diminish your desire to be active, because everyone should be free to pursue activism about things they care about, but there is no outcry because so far as much as we are not oppressing religion neither is religion oppressing us. They can call for the US to be a christian nation till you are blue in the face and it will always fail in light of the establishment clause. They can feel like they are being oppressed, repressed, any kind of press but at the end they still have to prove their case to the supreme court if they want major laws changed in light of that oppression (as is the case in the famous current "gay wedding cake" challenge in process right now).
I guess my view is that there just isn't anything really for us, as freethinkers, to get all upset over for, if we are truly committed to free thought, than those that think this nation is christian or being oppressed are entitled to their free thought and the best we can do is simply do our best to not perpetuate the ideas they promote, to live a life and act and speak without seeking to oppress them and thus give them no evidence on which they can hang their beliefs.
Again, I support your call to activisim just don't see that there is a singular free-thinking mindset such that calling all free thinkers to arms would be effective if that makes sense.