And Ideology In Slovakia
I am a newcomer at your site and I live in a distant post-communist country, Slovakia. The recent census has shown 84 percent believers! As a scientist I decided not to keep silent and have set up to build a Slovak atheist web page.
Later I realized that some topics I am treating there could be interesting for a broader audience, so that I started translating selected articles into English.
I would be very glad if you would spend a few minutes looking at it and suggesting me whether I am on the right track.
The address is:
Since I am a physicist I have written an article about the positive attitude of Nobel prize winner in physics, Max Planck, to religion. The first third is already translated and posted at the site. I would be glad if you could use excerpts of it in your discussion forum "Such Educated People, Wot". I think the analysis of the views of one of the founders of quantum mechanics is worth the attention.
Or, if you would consider it more proper, I could try to send you excerpts myself.
From: "Positive Atheism" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Adam Roman"
Subject: Re: Max Planck and religion
Date: November 24, 2001 1:46 AM
The problem with statistics is in how they ask the question. If they ask the question one way, they'll get 85 percent say they believe in God. But if they ask it from another perspective (perhaps from a fundamentalist's standpoint, as she or he would speak and define words), they will get only 15 percent who believe in the "God" of Fundamentalism!
When Slovakia was part of the Communist bloc, were your people not atheistic? or is that another Christian myth from the 1950s that they told us, just to get us to support the Cold War? -- as if we Americans were all Christian back then! We weren't, of course, but all were very frightened to admit that we weren't, being not quite sure what to think of McCarthy Era's anti-Atheist, anti-Communist propaganda. People lost their careers just for being suspected of being a Communist or even a Communist sympathizer! This is what happened to actor Charlie Chaplin and many others who fell victim to this brutal Christian assault on our dignity and our freedom and on the very meaning of our country's Constitution. Many of us think that George W. Bush will bring us back to this terrible attitude of the 1950s, but I am more hopeful.
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