March 30, 2009

Listening to Christians

Joel Osteen at Lakewood Church, Houston, TexasImage via Wikipedia

A minority group ignores a much larger and more powerful majority at its own peril. We atheists simply cannot afford to bury our heads in the sand. We must continue to listen to Christians as a matter of survival. This is why I remain grateful for those who scan the Christian scene and report the essential news of which we atheists need to be aware. Here are a few examples:
There are many other excellent sources. Most atheist bloggers help to spread the word on issues of likely relevance to the atheist community as well. The point is that we need to listen when Christian leaders (e.g., Joel Osteen, James Dobson, Rick Warren, etc.) speak.

Anything resembling an atheist movement in the U.S. is still in the early stages. Raising awareness must remain one of our important goals for the foreseeable future, even if we have passed the point where it could be our only goal.

I fear that reports of waning evangelical influence are being drastically overstated. The Christian right is not simply going to evaporate, and they certainly are not finished meddling in U.S. politics. This is no time for complacency.

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