Monday, December 21, 2009

I'm Glad I'm Not in Dixie. Hooray! Hooray!

     Yesterday's L.A. Times had an update on the situation in Asheville, North Carolina, that I blogged about a few days ago.  It appears that a lawsuit may be coming against Councilman Cecil Bothwell, because he's an atheist and the North Carolina state constitution won't allow for that.  The Times reports:
     A conservative group has distributed pamphlets warning locals that Bothwell is "Satan's helper" and a "radical extremist" who is "bashing religion."
     Isn't it just wonderful when religious people revert to calling any person with different beliefs Satan?  It really helps the dialogue, now, doesn't it?  What are they going to call Esther Manheimer, who was sworn in with Bothwell, with her hand not on the Christian bible, but on two Jewish texts?  Where does it stop?

     I like that Bothwell refers to himself as a "post-theist." I find that a very good description of what I've been through in my life, as well.  I did not "lose" my faith, as religious friends imply when they patronize me by saying "I know you're not Catholic, but I hope you didn't lose your faith."  I know this is very harsh, but to me that's like saying, "I know you're not a child any more, but I hope you didn't lose your belief in Santa."

     I didn't lose my faith.  I evolved beyond it and left it behind.  In fact, I've found that my life is fuller, more loving, and more peaceful since doing so.  But that doesn't matter to so many people in our Christian nation.  To them, I'm just someone who doesn't fit into their "religious" worldview.  I'm a threat that must be destroyed and/or disenfranchised; a devil to be exorcised and not engaged; not human.

     H.K. Edgerton, a former local NAACP president who has paraded in public wearing a Confederate Army uniform and waving a Confederate flag, said his lawyer was preparing a lawsuit against Asheville.
     "If you're an atheist and don't believe in God and still want to hold office, I have a problem with that," Edgerton said. "And the constitution of North Carolina has a problem with that."
     Yes, Mr. Edgerton, and the Constitution of the United States of America has a problem with that!  But that's right, you don't live in the U.S.A.  You live a fantasy life in the revisionist version of the Confederate States of America, or at least you wish you did.  How can anyone take the threat of a lawsuit from this man seriously?

Seriously?  You wish you were in Dixie?