This year has been monumental as far as motivation, as character go. It has been a whirl wind of assaults on women and homosexuals. We have seen people accusing the president of being lazy, and not getting anything done. He has been under constant attack. Along with anyone who does not align with the GOP. Suddenly reality crashed down two days ago when former president Clinton took the stage. We saw the rhetoric left behind. He went to the honest side of politics we rarely see, and it was refreshing.
Clinton and Obama have both given their speeches, and there was more honesty in those two than in the entirety of the GOP. That is because they have reality to work with. They know what gets things done, and blaming women and homosexuals for the state of nation doesn’t make the cut. Nor does appealing to a imaginary deity, who you obviously fear, and are reaching to for salvation of a nation, instead of basing your plans on reality. It is almost blatantly obvious how much they reach towards their dogma for strength and salvation. Instead of delving in with real approaches. But the people they want to strike at the most are the ones who help keep this economy strong and alive. Women are part of the nation in every area, and so are homosexuals. To stand in our faces and tell us outright where and what our place is insults not only us, but the nation. Instead of dealing rationally with the problems they want to return us to an era of fear and poverty.
When you look at how speaking out has helped to change the direction of political banter, and the ideologies that we are hearing, you can see the power of having a voice. That is what atheists should take away from this. We have gotten stronger and louder. We have managed to come out of so many closets, and become united. We are not living in the fear that atheists once did, and the message is clear. Speak out, and speak out loud. Don’t let silence be our final solution. We have the ability to change the future with every stride we take forward, and that is evident. Mostly because of the message we have gotten out there. Women have once again united and so has the gay community, but we have even begun to stand with each other, and the umbrella widens. Atheism has given us a bigger place to spread our wings.
We can find comfort with unity among ourselves. Gay and straight, woman or man can find something better with atheists, a reality based unity. We know that this is our only life and it is worth fighting for, because in the end, it was the only one we would ever get. That makes it so much more worth fighting to keep, to enjoy, and to make sure that those who succeed us have even more liberties. That was a message spread by the DNC this week. It is not just about us, but about our kids and their futures, and their kids and their futures. What we do today has a profound effect on the future for everyone.
It was amazing to see a president quote Lincoln and other men who had a profound effect on history. We need to be a nation of inclusion was the message, not a nation of exclusion and bigotry. We have so many important issues facing us, and we need to move forward. The atheist community has to be part of the forward motion. We don’t need to be left behind, and out of the decisions that are being made in Washington DC. Our president spoke of equality, and of living the dream. He recognized a future where women can be the president. Not just a woman in the kitchen and having kids she can’t afford or doesn’t want. It needs to be a nation where everyone is afforded the same rights and those who choose to be married can do so, no matter what their sexual orientation.
Atheists should matter when it comes to public policy. We should be part of any equation where the separation of state and church comes into play. We have a long road ahead of us, one made longer by people like Romney. His ideas equate to a policy that eliminates input from anyone who does not represent his base and his corporation agenda. He is a man of religion and money. With him in office we would see a presidency based on blame and hate. We would be gridlocked into giving over more money so the rich can enjoy the benefits more while the poor and middle class suffer.
Obama, on the other hand, knows what it is to do hard work. He knows what it is to go to a community college, and from there make it to one of the most powerful schools. He was not just a rich kid who was handed everything, and can “borrow money from his parents” like Romney did. Instead he knows what it is to struggle and work hard to make the American dream, something we should all be reaching for. Atheists should look to this kind of inspiration, for ours. Dreams die a bitter death if they are left untended. They fade into the distance and then are gone forever. We atheists should have a dream of representation in every state. We should dare to dream of being treated like equals in every aspect of our nation. We should be trusted and held with the same respect that religious people give each other.
The dark ages are gone. They went with men like Pasteur, and Van Leeuwenhoek when they discovered the world of microbes. The darkness faded when religion no longer told us what to think or how to think. Men like Darwin gave us rational answers and reasons. We found that through questioning, and discovery we could understand the world around us. Suddenly the most educated and wise men were the atheists, and we saw what that can do. We have come so far from the days of ignorance and fear. We have built a future based on understanding. Atheist are growing in numbers as people question and reason. Science has been a great aid in this event. Now religion has grown jealous and vengeful as we walk away from fear and ignorance. The churches long for the days when we flocked to them for answers and salvation from the world around us. They have grown afraid as their numbers dwindle, and the money, which ran in rivers, runs dry.
Now is our time. The future is yet to be written and can be changed for the better by all of us. We have the power and potential to shape this nation as a beacon of hope. One that shines for all the world to see. We can set the example for other atheist hiding in fear, in other nations, and ones here at home. We have the power to light the way for everyone. All we have to do is reach for the dream. Like Martin Luther King said, ” I have a dream.” My dream is different. It is a dream of a world where children are not taught to fear, and they are taught to think, ask and explore. I have a dream that long after I am gone this world will end wars, and religious. It will see a day when space is the worry, and not the rights of homosexuals to marry. I have a dream that one day we will embrace our evolution and men and women will stand side by side as equals. I have a dream.