Recent events: Atheism+ and Insanity at the DNC

Too much is going on the past several days for my to focus on a single thing. Today I will be writing about Atheism+ and the insanity at the DNC.

I really like the idea of Atheism Plus. To me, this is not a new thing, but what I have been for years. Technically speaking, an atheist is someone who doesn’t believe in a god or in gods, and I have no problem with that specific definition. But atheists as people are so much more going on than merely not believing in gods. Just talking about that gets very boring after a while. Let’s get together as atheists and talk about feminism and social justice and how to live ethical lives. I like having a term for this that does not gloss over the “atheist,” the way several people have used the term “humanist,” and still incorporates the general principles of humanism and skepticism. I have added the A+ logo to my sidebar, and if you click on it, it will take you to the Atheism Plus website. Not much there yet, except for a pretty active forum that I will be checking from time to time.

Also, for more reading about A+ check out
How I Unwittingly Infiltrated the Boy’s Club & Why It’s Time for a New Wave of Atheism
and
Atheism Plus, and Some Thoughts on Divisiveness

On an entirely different topic…

….what is this ridiculousness at the DNC around adding God back into their platform and also some sort of statement about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel? Why the hell is an American political party making a resolution about the proper capital of another sovereign nation? Anyway, there was a vote during the convention to revise the party platform. Any revisions require a two-thirds vote, and they did this by having the audience of delegates call out “yea” or “no.” Here is where it gets really ridiculous. They held the vote to add the “God language” and the resolution on Israel’s capital city three times, and while the “no’s” were at least as loud as the “yea’s” each time, the DNC chair went ahead and adopted the resolution anyway. What kind of vote is this? I might expect this sort of thing from the RNC, but what is this but a statement by the DNC that us godless citizens are just not welcome among them? This sort of behavior at the DNC has cause me to really consider switching my party affiliation from Democrat to Independent. I won’t tell anyone else what to do, but I have to wonder what kind of impact it would have if all the Democrat atheists in this country did the same.

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3 thoughts on “Recent events: Atheism+ and Insanity at the DNC

  1. This kind of thing burns me up. I can’t believe they adopted the change after that vote. I too have lost most of my confidence in the Democratic Party but in my state I can’t vote in the primary unless I’m a registered Republican or Democrat.

  2. I was in a G+ hangout where Atheism+ was a topic of discussion. While personally I am all for social issues what I am against is labels. I refuse to change the way I identify myself, because the way a growing vocal minority deems as a better a way of self identification.

    In all your years tell me you did not see this coming. Republicans and Democrats have for the better part of the history of this country feed off one another. Without a viable third or fourth party to break up this two-party system you will get the me-to-ism. The problem is that Democrats and Republicans do what they can to stop this from happening. “A vote for this person with better ideas aligned with my own party is a wasted vote. Vote for me instead.” By including God in their platform they are going after the bread and butter of the Republicans evangelicals, or what could be a move to please the blue dogs of the party (Conservative Democrats). I agree we are not welcome, and the only solution would be a party that fits my centrist leanings.

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