Some of the people I admire most are full-time atheists. Standing on the thin line between Church and State, they stand their ground against multiple flavors of opposition, all shouting their conviction that a magic sky daddy, and facing this barrage with calm rationality. They speak volumes into a swirling echo chamber.
I so desperately want to be a part of this world. I want to contribute in my own way through activism, art and writing. I hope that this blog will be the underpinnings of that activism, but that has yet to be seen.
Each year I go to the California Freethought Day in Sacramento and hear the amazing speakers inspire their audience to action, but so far my main contribution has been to tell the visiting authors that they are doing great work and either make a donation or overpay for a great silent auction item. It’s not enough. It’s not a voice.
This year I would like to start something different. Freethought Day is coming up again.
I have no desire to be famous (hence the pseudonym here, though many in the public atheist community have one as well), I want to further this amazing cause and help others have that “ah ha!” moment that frees them from a lifetime of mental slavery.
There is good work to be done here. I want to shine a light on the laughable treatment of mental illness with religion. I am by far not the only person to do so, but maybe I can add to the growing collection of shining lights.
If you happen to be at Freethought Day, come say hello! I’d love to have a chat.