Author Emily Dietle
My focus is on state-church separation & social issues. I'm an avid reader, and feel that one of our most valuable tools is the free movement of information and ideas. | @emilyhasbooks
Imagine the following: You’re fifteen, bored and begrudgingly sitting with your family on the living room sofa, putzing around on MineCraft Pocket Edition while your folks watch Fox. For the past year, you’ve held your tongue, not commenting on their faith, their friends, or their frenzied fear mongering towards anyone “brown” or non-Christian. It was a while ago when you concluded that the religion you were raised in, and all the rest, are absurd relic lies.
“Atheists who call themselves Christians.” Your ears perk up. ‘What did I just hear?’ Eyes rise to the screen, and a raven-haired man is facing Hannity in clearly an unbalanced duel. Who is this brazen warrior wielding a level-80 sword of wit? Attempting to sound disinterested, you ask aloud what’s on. “Oh, that’s David Silverman. He’s President of the atheists.” Mom says. Dad chimes in, “Sinners. They hate God and only love themselves.”
Glancing down, and in your hands Zombies have slaughtered your game doppleganger, and loot is scattered about. It doesn’t matter, you have to hear more from “the heathen.” He’s right, you don’t want to go to church, you aren’t a Christian, and you’re under a lot of pressure from your family to conform. It’s so hard to speak up in this house. Internally you wonder, “How many atheists are there? Maybe, I’m not alone.”
Some have questioned the value of outspoken atheists like American Atheists’ David Silverman appearing regularly on Fox programs, implying that it is a waste of his time, or that engaging with them besmirches the advancement of atheism or secularism. The importance of such appearances is this: there are atheists burrowed in Fox houses, and their ears are perked. It may be too soon for some to come out now, but once the pups are old enough to make their own nests, we’ll see them. If you’re out there, an atheist in a Fox house, know that we’re out here, building a place for you.
Category: Atheism & Religion