Today was a big day for me with regard to Spokane’s secular organizations. As some of you know, I’m the organizer of the Spokane Atheists Meetup. Today was our second meeting, but we were also invited to attend the Inland Northwest Freethought Society‘s June meeting.
Remember Secular Sunday X, where I talked about former Lutheran pastor Ray Ideus and his lawsuit against the city? Ray was at the INFS meeting (wearing an awesome T-shirt that said, “Atheist, and proud of it!”) and he’s a really nice guy – although, I didn’t bring up my argument against his lawsuit, so perhaps he’ll change his tune at some point in the future (but I doubt it).
From the 2 atheist meetings I attended today, I can tell that a major shift is about to take place in Spokane: secular groups are preparing to hit the scene in a big way. The past few years have seen many abuses by religious groups that are bad for our country. They have attacked our personal freedoms and managed to wedge religion into aspects of public life that the constitution clearly says must remain secular.
We know that this is going to be a David and Goliath situation (ha!), but we all recognize that we cannot remain silent while our constitutionally guaranteed right are trod upon.0 People like this. Be the first!