So, it has been a while since I’ve put out a post. I’ve been very busy and neglected my duties here. It doesn’t help that I’ve had a dry spell on topics either. I’ve let this go far too long.
Since I’ve been gone I’ve been working on several projects. I’ve helped negotiate the Chattanooga chapter of Atheists Helping the Homeless ally with Atheist Alliance of America. The local chapter is now called Atheist Alliance Helping the Homeless Chattanooga. I’ve also been working hard on creating a local secular convention in Chattanooga called Secular Saturday. I’ve spent a lot of time and effort on this and I hope it pays off. As you know, I’m a strong proponent of building communities rather than tearing them down. In my opinion it is very important we work to build stronger communities. We have spent far too long in hiding and having to look over our shoulders, wondering if anyone knew our lack of beliefs and would persecute us for them. This is why I am trying to gather people together. We are stronger if we have a community we can rally around. We can do much more to help ourselves and others.
Over the last several months we have seen a further deterioration of the civility between groups in this country. Increasing angst on the far left and the public rise of the alt right are increasing the tensions in our country. We are seeing more shootings, more protests, more violent imagery, and more hateful language. People who once called for second amendment solutions have become targets of gun violence. Groups who once could put aside their differences and work together seem to be unable to stand one another. Neighbors who agreed to disagree are now at each others throats. We stand more divided as a nation now than any point I can remember. This is exactly why we should focus on building up rather than tearing down. Honest, peaceful dialogue will go much further on getting this country back on track rather than screaming in each other’s faces. Sadly, neither side is listening.
If we don’t start talking soon, at what point are we beyond healing the divisions?