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  •  To speak of particular community diaries, (2+ / 0-)
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    SilentBrook, StellaRay

    I have been grateful that some of the ardent atheists here, who in other places speak out vehemently, have had the generosity not to disrupt the support diaries for commonmass and GreenMountainBoy2. I am sure that the many mentions of prayer in those diaries are making their eyes roll (if they read the comments at all) but restraining themselves from comments is itself a gift, albeit a gift by omission.

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 07:32:51 AM PST

    •  With respect, (3+ / 0-)
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      Wee Mama, texasmom, figbash

      I am an ardent atheist whose eyes have filled with tears over and over today as I've read the gracious and loving and, yes, prayerful outpouring of support for commonmass and GreenMountainBoy2 - and I have no doubt I am not alone.

      I am an ardent atheist who gave my father's eulogy in the Episcopalian church he had been a deacon at for almost 40 years.  Five months later I gave my mother's eulogy in the same church.

      I am an ardent atheist who sat with my sister and my mother as she lay dying in hospice and read aloud from the Book of Common Prayer, day after day for a month until my mother passed.

      I am an ardent atheist who reads William James' Varities of Religious Experience not because I "believe" but because I find the psychology of religion fascinating.

      It surprises no one who knows me that my eyes never rolled on those occasions - not even once.

      You see, some of us were raised to be respectful of things/beliefs we don't agree with or find credible, especially if those things/beliefs are held dear by others.  There's a time and a place for "vehement" disagreement - but it's not now.

      Out with the gloomage - in with the plumage!

      by mikidee on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 12:33:53 PM PST

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