What Makes It All Worthwhile

It’s been a long week, and I have a million things I want to write about.

First up: update on Damon Fowler, the recently-graduated high schooler who was kicked out of his community and his house for challenging an illegal school-sponsored prayer.

Greta Christina wrote a long post with all the important details about his situation and the response of the secular community. This passage struck me the most.

But when Damon Fowler was suffering and in need, the atheist community stepped up. It provided compassion. It demanded justice. It offered emotional support. It offered practical support. It opened its wallets. It made it unassailably clear to Damon Fowler that he was not alone: that although his school, his community, even his parents, had all turned their backs on him, atheists would take care of him, as best they could, until he could take care of himself. It made it clear that, even though he no longer had a home in Bastrop, he had a home in this movement. When Damon Fowler was suffering and in need, the atheist community proved itself to be a real community.

Reflections like the one above don’t just make me feel warm and fuzzy; they make me proud to be part of this movement.

I’ve been thinking about this movement lately, and I realize that the road doesn’t stop here. There’s a lot more to be done. There will be more troubles ahead. We’ll face misunderstanding, ignorance, and outright hatred.

But we have to remember to never ever give into the belief that only religious communities can provide real support and comfort. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that there are some things that others can provide that we can’t.

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Posted on June 8, 2011, in Humanism, Politics, Religion and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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