I received a request to create a post on here dedicated to Jessica Ahlquist. For those who do not know this courageous lass, she was the girl who took her own school to court to take down a public prayer mureal and WON! Since then, these “loving” christians have really shown their own brand of love towards her since then. Please see the link below for more information.
I would detail the story here but I would just be repeating the hundreds of other blogs and websites that have chronicled Jessica’s fight for freedom from religion within the parameters of the state. What I do want to comment on though is what can we learn from her positive actions for own own lives wherever we are in the world………..
For me after reading her story, it has taught me to be more fearless with my atheism. After reading what she had done and what she did to get the end result, compared to her, I am not as fearless. I sit behind my laptop and I write posts on my blog. That is a safe path in a way. And to be honest I thought I was being fearless when I started this blog. But, I am protected, no one is physically going to jump out of my screen and throttle my throat in disagreement. But what do I really do within my own community or my own life with my circle of friends or family to promote common sense, science and cold hard evidence? Very little, only if I am confronted about it would I say anything. In reflection maybe I am just avoiding having to say anything about my atheism unless I am confronted. Is that a good thing with me not wanting to cause conflict? But change is only created through conflict so really in retrospect, is it a bad thing that unless I am confronted my atheism stays quiet? Either way what am I going to do to improve myself further?
Well knowledge is power, I am certain in my atheism, that I do not doubt. But perhaps on hindsight, my arguments are weak. I need to read more, absorb more information so I am armed with a bazooka rather than a pistol! I would be interested in what you guys could recommend in the comments below 🙂