Busting These Myths
About Religion And Honesty
I have been using the office e-mail to subscribe for Positive Atheism. Many people in the office are uncomfortable with this mail, but surprisingly, the few who have read them are surprised at how much they have taken for granted some false teachings in the Bible. I come from Kenya and our president (who never misses Sunday service, and which is on the national TV every Sunday evening) appointed Mr. Leakey (renowned archaeologist) as his cabinet secretary to fight corruption in the government. He is one of the most corrupt leaders and [is] religious, and yet he is so sure that none of his church-going cronies are honest.
It has proved an important point, [refuting the myth] that I have to be religious to be honest, or to be afraid of hell not to be corrupt. I am doing my part busting these myths. It is not simple when you come across people who have been led to believe that the earth was literally moulded in God's giant hands and anybody who does not believe that is cursed, and his offspring will also be cursed forever.
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I have taken hard copies of all the previous issues.
From: "Positive Atheism" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Kimachia Kihara"
Subject: Fw: Positive_Atheism_Letters_Section
Date: Tuesday, November 07, 2000 12:58 AM
I posted your letter and changed your address. The letter is (for now) linked from the front page of our website. I might use it in our magazine, as these myths about religion and morality have got to go.
Our presidential election is almost over -- one more day and we'll know. Not that this matters, because either way it goes is not going to be good. We are either going to elect a man who can barely read and write -- who thinks the separation of religion from government is a bad idea, or a man who is a sly and conniving moralist who -- thinks the separation of religion from government is a bad idea. I'll bet neither of them could identify a portrait of James Madison, though many 16-year-olds in Europe could not only identify his likeness but could ably discuss his theories that went into forming our Consititution.
Meanwhile, we will get more done by working as individuals, showing our families, our neighbors, and our co-workers that it is possible and even likely that an atheist can have morals, than all the organizations and magazines could hope to accomplish.
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