American Atheists circulated a letter today, calling for careful examination of the way we communicate – particularly online. I’m aware that, in my frustration with elements of religion that I see as destructive and oppressive, I can be sardonic, reductive and sometimes even smug. I try to remember that one of the things I find most objectionable about religion is the inflexible dogma and sense of unquestioned righteousness that some believers display.I’m trying to be open and understanding – even of those who continue to spew hate and ignorance – and especially with those who simply think differently than I do (incomprehensible though it may be).
The full text of the letter can be found here. It’s an important read.