Write those Letters Defending Secularism!

Educate the Media!

In many election post-mortems, secularism is being bashed. Regardless of your political persuasion, please call the media on their presumptions that secularists don't have "moral values," that all political parties must adopt the agenda of the religious right in order to be considered legitimate players, and that it's open season on the separation of church and state.

Among the plethora of such articles:

1) Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas concluded his column this week by writing:

"It's difficult to select a favorite line from all of the insulting and insane comments made by liberal commentators, but Garry Wills had one of the best.

"Writing in The New York Times, Wills said: 'Can a people that believes more fervently in the Virgin Birth than in evolution still be called an Enlightened nation?'

"Maybe so, if you consider what a higher and really intelligent authority says: 'The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.' (Psalm 14:1)."

For full article, see here.

If this freethought-bashing column appeared in your local newspaper, please send a letter to the editor response. You may also wish to respond directly to Cal Thomas (who needs to hear from freethinkers!) via email: www.calthomas.com or c/o Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114, Buffalo NY 14207.

2) On Nov. 6, New York Times syndicated columnist Nicholas D. Kristoff wrote, "Time to Get Religion." (See here.) In giving Democrats "four suggestions" for success, he placed foremost this unrequested advice:

"Don't be afraid of religion. Offer government support for faith-based programs to aid the homeless, prisoners and AIDS victims. And argue theology with Republicans: there's much more biblical ammunition to support liberals than conservatives."

If this column appeared in your local newspapers, object to the idea of American citizens rolling over and playing dead as the Establishment Clause of our First Amendment is trampled! Americans are being taxed so that the homeless, prisoners, AIDS victims and other needy Americans are being proselytized, often by start-up storefront religious organizations with no track record or accountability. (You may also wish to argue with Kristof's whitewashing of the "biblical ammunition.")

Contact Nicholas Kristof directly at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or send a letter to him or a letter to the editor to The New York Times (no longer than 150 words, must refer to an article that has appeared within the last seven days, and must include the writer's address and phone numbers. No attachments, please):

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax (212)556-3622.
Letters to the Editor
The New York Times
229 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

Please take a moment to respond to these or similar media attacks against secularism.

As always, we recommend civil, succinct letters concentrating on one or two points. Please write as an individual, not as someone responding to this action alert. Please use your full name and mailing address on any correspondence, so your opinion is not discounted as anonymous. We are pleased to receive blind copies of your emails or letters, as well as to receive nominations of offending columns or news developments you would like to see featured in future action alerts. Send to: FFRF, PO Box 750, Madison WI 53701. Thanks!

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