So after several conversations of my own between myself and militant atheists, and after watching many conversations between other people on one side Christians or religiously oriented people and on the other side militant atheists, I have noticed several patterns.
One it seems often the case that the conversation descends down to a low blow exchange of insults.
In my experience, and maybe I am unique, it does seem that the militant atheists are the party firing off the low blows, with disparaging words like “moron, asshole, retard, etc”.
In other cases like in the example from HempFest 2008 (below) the insults are more subtle, but the loudness and the anger seems to be similar.
Now I don’t have a problem with anyone being atheist, or against a supreme being, or against religion for that matter. I myself had been a self subscribed agnostic for many of years, and I still do not belong to any religious nitch.
But the problem that I have, is that over 70% of the voting public describe themselves as Christian.
And much more than that describe themselves as having a belief in a supreme being.
So with such a high amount of voters favoring the idea of a supreme being, it would seem that the few select activists that go completely out of their way to offend these people, would be detrimental to getting legalization passed in the voting booth.
Reference to these demographics:
People who verbally attack Christians at Hempfest, and journalists who also go out of their way to insult Christians who all purport to be determined to get cannabis legalized are in fact being counter productive with their isolationism and approach to people who are religious.
I have often witnessed this journalist from Toke of the Town, Steve Elliot attack, and intentionally offend Christians with low blows and insulting words.
This was my personal experience with Steve: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDeolrQ5IjE
And this is a video that I found on facebook from Seattle Hempfest 2008 where over 1 dozen self proclaimed atheist and agnostic people surround and verbally attack a few Christian guys who were preaching in public.
So is there any conscience of being responsible with our words? And if we are public figures in the legalization movement, it would seem like it would be helpful to try to find common ground, rather than constantly pushing away people of faith, and isolating the legalization efforts in the USA.
In fact cannabis is an ancient Christian/Israelite sacrament, as well as a sacrament of Hindu beliefs and Islam. See this response to Keith Stroup.
Around the first of this year I made a video that I tried to bring unity in this matter to the legalization movement:
I guess I probably need to define some things here, because we all have different understandings of different words.
Websters 3rd International Dictionary 1971 says:
7a. a cause, principle, system of tenets held with ardor, devotion, conscientiousness and faith, a value held to be of supreme importance, 7b. a quality, condition, custom, or thing inspiring zealous devotion, conscientious maintenance, and cherishing.
In the advanced Oxford’s learners dictionary, atheism is even defined as a religion:
“be/become a believer/an atheist/an agnostic/a Christian/Muslim/Hindu/Buddhist, etc.”
A militant atheist, or militant atheism is a term assigned to a sect of the Russian government in WWII that went by several titles, and militant atheists was one of them:
Atheism and Christianity are considered a “religion” in the US Courts: