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Christians, freethinkers and the KKK

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POSTED January 20, 2014 12:11 a.m.

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

Was I the only one who was somewhat surprised at the concern local Christians had over a little gathering of an atheist freethinkers group at the Public Library? The headline in tthursdays Bulletin covered the Christian protest of some 200 concerned Christians. (250 express faith or disbelief) My question was, what are they all so concerned about? According to the report, there were somewhere around 50 or so “Freethinkers” there to take in a lecture given by Sacramento State philosophy professor Matt McCormick, hardly a frighting number.

Now I don’t know why any adult needs to hear a lecture on being an atheist, you either are or you aren’t. If you are, you don’t need anyone to explain why you are, I would think you already know that. The same holds true for Christians or any other religion, you either believe the Bible or whatever religious dogma you hold as your own or you don’t. You don’t need someone to explain it all to you. I pretty much got it by the end of the sixth grade.

One confusing statement reportedly given by one of the Concerned Christians was “....Manteca is a God-fearing community that loves our country..”. First of all, what does “God-fearing” really mean? I know what it means, but I have never understood why that term is used, as a kid it kind of scared me. Maybe that was why it was used. I never liked it, I already had invisible people watching me to make sure I was good, Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy to name a few. I didn’t need any more moral spies. And why bring up “loving our country”? Do atheists love their country any less?

I just don’t understand the concern here, did the concerned Christians think the “Freethinkers” were going to light their torches and spread out into their Christian neighborhoods burning their churches and abducting their children? I have news for them. There are already more “Freethinkers” in their neighborhood than they may think. I can understand the concern from the local Churches; more atheists, less cash in the coffers, simple economics. I assume it was the church leaders who rallied the villagers, I doubt if everyone there just decided to show up on their own. After all there are Science books in the library.

That makes me wonder about another gathering that took place just down the street from the Library of Concerned Christians a few years back. I’m talking about the recruitment rally that took place at City Hall not so many years ago. The rally was put on by the Klu Klux Klan, that’s right the KKK, right on the steps of City Hall. I was there to take pictures, which I still have. I didn’t notice any concerned Christians at that gathering, all I was witness to was a bunch of grown men in KKK Grand Wizard costumes with their Bibles and big white crosses... Wait a second, “Bibles, Big White Crosses”, I guess the Concerned Christians were there after all.

Larry Baca


Jan. 19, 2014

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