The scene is a wooded field, somewhere in farm country. Three men sit around a campfire, sharing a joint and talking....

George Hanson: You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it.
Billy: Man, everybody got chicken, that's what happened. Hey, we can't even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we're gonna cut their throat or somethin'. They're scared, man.
George Hanson: They're not scared of you. They're scared of what you represent to 'em.
Billy: Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.
George Hanson: Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom.
Billy: What the hell is wrong with freedom? That's what it's all about.
George Hanson: Oh, yeah, that's right. That's what's it's all about, all right. But talkin' about it and bein' it, that's two different things. I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em.
Billy: Well, it don't make 'em runnin' scared.
George Hanson: No, it makes 'em dangerous.

That was 40 years ago, and the issue was breaking free of the establishment. Now people like us are focusing on a different brand of freedom: freedom FROM religion, and I can't help but notice that the "establishment," in the person of the First Estate, is becoming increasingly bent out of shape as we become more and more OUT.

It's not as though the concept of living without benefit of a deity is a new idea. Tom Jefferson and a number of the other men who founded this nation took a dim view of religious belief ... though they tended to be very circumspect about that element of themselves. Nearly 200 years later, in 1962, Hugh Hefner posits the need for freedom from religion in his Playboy Philosophy and 47 years after that, more and more people are becoming more vocal and public about their disbelief and willingness to live their lives without benefit of a deity, from Bill Maher to Lou Dobbs to you and me.

Meantime, I have to believe that the aforementioned First Estate "establishment" has got to be aghast at these developments. They've been taking it on the chin for a while, from the fiascoes of Jim and Tammy Fae Bakker to Jimmy Swaggart's way-too-public apology to the more recent smack-down of "Intelligent Design" in the Dover, PA trial of 2004.

My point is this: we've seen what happens when Islamic fundamentalists react to perceived threats to their religion. Should we expect a similar reaction from the Christers to the growing perceived threat of rationalism / atheism? Please understand, I am NOT in any way, shape, or form suggesting we should hold back or pull our punches. I'm just wondering if, in the face of what may finally be waning support for their snake oil that we should expect some form of counterstrike.

Am I being alarmist or paranoid? [They're AFTER US!!! {No, they're not!} Yes, they ARE!!!] Mostly, I'd like to think I'm being aware of possibilities ... remembering the old phrase:

Forewarned is forearmed.

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Comment by David Miller on November 12, 2009 at 1:03pm
I assume you're talking about in the US and yes, there's no doubt that there is the possible threat of militant Christians seeking to impose their will by force. However I see the reality to be way out of their favor.
A little more than half of Americans ID as Christian but of those only a small fraction are hardcore fundimentalists. Assuming that they can get a lot of the other "fence Christians" to aid in their crusade, they have to fight and control more than half the population. Basically, I feel that such a coup could only have a chance if the government were backing it but even then I doubt such a battle could be won.
It's the worst possible move they could make so I say "bring it."
Comment by Edward Teach on November 7, 2009 at 8:53am
On your main point... yea, I think there is a possibility of things getting waaay uglier.
Comment by Edward Teach on November 7, 2009 at 8:50am
George Hanson: Oh, yeah, that's right. That's what's it's all about, all right. But talkin' about it and bein' it, that's two different things. I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em.

I have that quote on my home page!

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