Saturday, April 03, 2010
A "Resurgent" Atheist Movement of 300
CNN has, as one of it's headlines, "Atheists Cite Resurgence as They Gather on Easter Weekend." The article reads: "While millions of Christians worldwide will celebrate Easter this weekend, David Silverman has other plans. Silverman will join about 300 atheists in a Newark, New Jersey, hotel ballroom to proclaim another message: The atheist movement in America is growing." So, were there 299 at last year's meeting?
"300"??!! At the "36th annual American Atheists National Convention." (We'll have 400-500 at my church tomorrow. Should I announce "We won?")
I quote, from the movie "300":
"So my king died, and my brothers died, barely a year ago. Long I pondered my king's cryptic talk of victory. But time has proven him wise, for from free Greek to free Greek the word was spread that bold Leonidas and his 300, so far from home, laid down their lives, not just for Sparta, but for all Greece and the promise this country holds. Now, here on this ragged patch of earth called Plataea, Xerxes hordes face obliteration! Just there the barbarians huddle, sheer terror gripping tight their hearts with icy fingers, knowing full well what merciless horrors they suffered at the swords and spears of 300. Yet they stare now across the plain at 10,000 Spartans commanding 30,000 free Greeks! Ho! The enemy outnumber us a paltry three to one! Good odds for any Greek. This day we rescue a world from mysticism and tyranny, and usher in a future brighter than anything we can imagine. Give thanks, men, to Leonidas and the brave 300! To victory!"
Note: A year ago I was sitting in Panera Bread when our county's Atheist Society had its meeting three tables away from me. They were snickering about people who believed in God. There were three of them.