I know many of you have seen Glenn Beck on Fox and are as sickened by the wacked-out message he is sending. He claims that he is just putting two and two together and reading the signs on the wall. Personally, I think he is mixing apples with oranges and forcing people to eat fruit salad. Whether he is identifiying a problem we have in the US with religious tension, or stirring up said tension himself, he is insinuating - daily- that "the time has come", that "the prefect storm is arrising". He speaks not just of political unrest, but of Muslims bringing a caliphate to America, and We The People standing firm with the religion of our Founding Fathers (ha), and doing all things to the glory of God... yada yada yada.
Every other day or so, I catch about 5 minutes of his show while I am switching channels. Yesterday, he was telling people -- once again -- to stockpile food, and to 'look around and know who your friends are' while raising his eyebrows above his glasses. He really frightens me and I don't even believe any of his jumbled, psychotic crap. What scares me the most, is that I know tons of people who do. I think that there are so many deluded Christians out there who have watched a little to much reality TV, read every book in the Left Behind Series, and played soooooooooo many video games, that they can't wait for the End Of The World to begin so they can 'kill people for Jesus'!
And all this got me to thinking: What if this storyline plays out? Either way.. because he saw it coming, or he and the Fear-Mongers stirred it into action?
How does a small atheist family in the middle of the Bible Belt defend itself? (Please don't advise me to stockpile weapons or join a compound.)
How will I maintain my beliefs without being targeted by my neighbors?
Where would you go to stay safe and when?
How can the Atheist community do something of good measure to stop the religious people of the US before they do something stupid? This is my real hope..... Although I think Christians would see any uprising by Atheists as an attempt to wipe out Christianity and contribute to bringing about the end of the world.
Or am I just playing into the whole delusion?
Any thoughts a welcome.
Reggie, respectfully you may want to look into the Wiccan tradition a little further. In my understanding it does not use reason and logic as founding principles as it is primarily associated with paganism or polytheism and was founded long before the age of reason. Fiction is fiction!Maybe he meant to say bitch.
Oh, I never meant to imply that logic or reason were pillars of Wicca. But neither are they necessary for atheism. Now, if scientific atheism is how you view atheism, then I would say that they were necessary. But I have come across plenty of irrational, unreasonable, and illogical atheists.
Wicca, most people who study these things will say, is a recent religion (though certainly based on very old Celtic druidical worship and ritual), dating to Gardner's writing in the 1930s. Fiction, as joseph suggests, will take its entertaining liberties with history, as everyone who reads fiction knows well.
In the minor case of my young adult novel, the witches are practical humans who possess extraordinary skills--called "magick"--skills that are ostensibly based on "science" and reason. That is, there is supposed to be a logic to them. It's a conceit of plot and situation. I hope it works. But nowhere in the story do I allude to wicca. My witches are more like the witches in Pullman's GOLDEN COMPASS.
War is already happening over resources around the globe. The USA is deeply involved, being one of the largest IMCs (Industrial Military Complexes) in the world. Our government is in the business of war. We also use the hogs share of worlds resources, therefore we are exploiting the rest of the world for their resources. With China and India now competing with us for the worlds remaining resources like oil things can only get worse. So it is inevitable that war will come knocking at our door as resources become more finite. God, and religion will once again be called upon for ideologies to support war, as in the past. Political and religious leaders will use religion to justify their actions. As we all know God will once again be on all sides of the conflict supporting war as he always has, in the name of peace and justice.
As a moral, ethical, intelligent, agnostic I still believe and choose to live by the ideologies and principles of the golden rule. Therefore I am a conscientious objector when it comes to war. For I know all war is contrived because it is profitable. I know war is because the greed of our leaders are trying to secure resources to sustain an economic system that is now clearly unsustainable. A government who is linked and controlled by an economy, that will fail as it has refused to accept that the American way of life is not sustainable. It refuses to see that Capitalism in a centralized banking system is doomed to failure because it is a pyramid scheme that has run its course.
Glen Beck is a fool as we all know, But political pressures on an ever growing world population about to collide with the reality of their own economic failure and resource depletion is a dangerous mix. Some one will have to be blamed and religion will undoubtedly raise it's ugly head up, to flame the fires of conflict and war. I would suggest not being in a place where blame could cost you and your family your lives.