Do You Mean The Fundamentalist Atheist "Humanist" U*U Antireligious Bigots Andrea?
At Their Worst
Dan Kennedy has said some of the things about militant atheism that should have been said long ago in Unitarian Universalist circles ("Are You with the Atheists?," January/February). Atheists, at their worst, can be as nasty, as self-righteous, and even as violent as Christian and Islamic fundamentalists.
The twentieth century was the first in which militant atheists gained significant political power. Quite often the results were horrifying. In Communist China, cadres destroyed Taoist, Buddhist, and Confucian temples and herded monks and nuns into slave labor camps. Thousands of Jewish, Christian, and pagan religious leaders were murdered or imprisoned during the Stalinist years in the Soviet Union. Similar atrocities—committed in the name of "reason" and "progress"—have been seen in Cambodia, Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea, and other nations.
Be grateful for the wall between church and state that protects U.S. citizens. It's a barrier that also defends Unitarian Universalists and others from government persecution directed by antireligious bigots. In order to appreciate the experience, talk with the Unitarians in Rumania who suffered through decades of Communist tyranny and abuse.
I can't help but wonder if Andrea Liounis is not so subtly hinting at the existence of "nasty", "self-righteous", and indeed "violent". . . antireligious atheist bigots within the U*U "religious community" itself in opening this letter to the editor by saying, "Dan Kennedy has said some of the things about militant atheism that should have been said long ago in Unitarian Universalist circles. . ." Of course I have been loudly and publicly speaking out against "nasty", "self-righteous", and indeed "violent" antireligious fundamentalist atheist "Humanist" bigots within the U*U "religious community" for over a decade now. . .