Violence vs Non-Violence
By Any Means Necessary – El Haj Malik El Shabbazz
If history has shown us anything, it is that we are a violent species. One can and does make an argument for societal factors such as poverty, land rights, and of course religion, but as we have seen by observing the lesser primates such as chimpanzee, violence seems to be an inevitable make up of our DNA. So violence is a forgone conclusion, it will happen. However there has been a seemingly never-ending and ongoing debate whether to use violence or non-violence when it comes to fighting the fight. Ghandi and Dr. King both died in support of a non-violent movement and both were able to achieve change as a result of their non-action. Generally speaking, I would like to think of myself as a person of non-violence. It takes work to be this way because after all, conflict is much easier than conflict resolution. However, I’ve been thinking a lot about the cause we are all here fighting for. The cause of basic human rights to believe or not believe whatever it is you choose to. So much of what I have seen and heard in the news and on the internet has made me furious. Whether it is against atheists or homosexuals, it seems the right will stop at nothing to push an agenda that goes against the grains of basic human morals and decency. I would venture to say the LGBT community has made more strides and has had more victories than atheists, but then again, in many ways our fight has just really taken off. Yet as I see the field of Republican candidates gearing up for the 2012 elections, it seems not one is a moderate and all have made it clear that the conservative agenda is what this country needs to return to. Michelle Bachman has openly stated she feels intelligent design should be taught beside evolution theory in science class. The idea of a Republican President, a Republican Senate, and a Republican leaning Supreme Court honestly frightens me. What would this country look like?
So I ask you this my friends; If there came a time where we were challenged as atheists, and laws proposed and passed that would tear down the wall between church and state, would you fight “by any means necessary” or would you turn the other cheek as it were and try to stand up by sitting down? What lengths would you go to in order to fight for what you believe in? Is violence every necessary? What would you do?
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger,
Stiffen the sinews, Summon up the blood. - Henry V
This is the thing about religion - it is organised - generally, atheists are pretty placid people, but push ANYBODY too far, and they will retaliate. But atheists would have to get organised, which we aren't.
And it is only because religious people of all persuasions are getting in our face, and getting into secular schools more and more, that we have sites like this.
I know that if my country were invaded, I would become a freedom fighter, or as some may prefer, a terrorist.
Plus I am a baby boomer. I protested at rallys against the Vietnam War and Nuclear weapons etc.
Seeing religions that are violent, Scientology, Catholics, Jehovah Witless, Mormon, the anti-gay's like Fred Phelps, certainly brings out the anger in me, so in this circumstance, I would not be violent, but huge rallies would be the way to go. I don't want the blood of atheists spilled.
So, yes,bring it on - people would have to get organised - that would be the hard part. There's also people like Jon Stewart that could possibly help - he has done that before.
Complacency is disease that afflicts this country.
If anyone comes to my property line here in the Ozark backwoods and states a new set of rules that I consider a violation of my liberties then I will engage them with gun in hand. Like Kenny Rogers sang: "Let's go out in a blaze of glory."
As in nature only the strong survive.
I seriously don't see myself getting violent over a melding of state and church; heck, I'd already be bouncing off the walls and punching pillows, if that were the case.
Violence is intolerable. In this day and age, we have so many other tools to effect change. I only accept the use of violence as a means of self-defense, and then only in certain cases.