I missed the story of a 23 year-old man being arrested and charged with planning to blow up 48 Oklahoma churches earlier in the week. I'm not sure what motives this man may have had, but it sounds like authorities suspect he may have been seeking to eliminate churches through violence.
I have no idea if the man who has been accused of these crimes is an atheist. However, I'd like to be clear that I condemn the use of violence in the struggle against organized religion. If we are going to reduce the influence of religion in the U.S., it is going to happen gradually through education and changing cultural values. If we are going to reduce the number of churches, it will be by making them irrelevant and unnecessary, not by bombing them. No matter how impatient we may be at times to bring about change, violence is not the answer.
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