6 comments on “What is the world coming to?

  1. That article seem to have resurfaced within a couple threads on a couple atheist blogs. I stumbled upon it myself yesterday. I’m not sure whether it is the source, but I found it there: http://wp.me/ppp0a-gh

    It was quite an odd thing I ended up on it, since moments earlier I was writing a comment on another making a point about atheists being able to marry freely vs. gays being denied it.

    That said, I’m not entirely convinced myself this could happen today. Yet, as we know, stranger things have happened, huh? :)

  2. It’s so funny (well, and sad) to think about how that term “atheist” sends shivers down some people’s spines. I find it so … innocuous. But even I remember it first being defined for me by my religious-but-reasonably-able-to-chill-the-f-out parents as “someone who doesn’t believe in god.” A very simple answer – but I remember being five or so and asking them what it was because the person who had used the word was in a frenzy, foaming at the mouth. I honestly think it’ s a more loaded and scary word for many people here in the U.S. than “terrorist” – which is frighteningly loaded these days. (I sometimes shorten it to “the T-word” to try to shake people out of their zombie-like stupor about it.)

    My point (and I do have one) is: thinking about the Scary Atheist Threat of the 1970s reminds me of All in the Family. I watched it even before I could understand it because my parents loved it and now that I’ve grown up to be like Mike (and a little bit like Gloria) I think we should all watch it again on DVD.

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