Making Fun Of
No Fun Any More
I am one of those people whose attitude towards theists has changed quite a bit. And while the 9/11 attacks solidified that feeling, it had been happening for quite some time.
I definitely think you are making a valid distinction between private expressions of theism, and public (governmental) abuses. We must continue to speak out against the latter, but frankly, I just don't find myself getting mad at people for trying to evangelize me anymore. I mean, okay, if they're pushy and obnoxious, yes. But when it just comes up in casual conversation, it's just not a big deal to me.
And it used to be a big deal to me, so much so that I created a web page with the charming title of "Jesus is Dead -- Get Over It!" and nicknamed myself "Atheist Gal".
Well, I'm still "Atheist Gal" but I've radically changed my web page (at http://
Who am I to try and take away a frightened kid's teddy bear when he's just awakened from a terrible nightmare? If his imaginary friend helps him get back to sleep, more power to him. I'll draw the line when he asks me to kiss it!
Thanks, Cliff. You've really helped me clarify a lot of issues in my life. You're one of the good guys.
Christine Lehman -- aka "Atheist Gal"
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