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I have something to say to the religionist who feels atheists never say anything positive:
You are an intelligent human being. Your life is valuable for its own sake. You are not second-class in the universe, deriving meaning and purpose from some other mind. You are not inherently evil—you are inherently human, possessing the positive rational potential to help make this a world of morality, peace and joy. Trust yourself.
STOP the takeover of the educational and community radio bandwidths by the essentially commercial (read: “greedy”) Fundamentalist and Evangelical Christian