I know the subject of religion is a touchy one, but this is yet another case of the dominance of mainstream christianity in the media, and it's being broadcast all over the country tonight. So i just watched Nightline, and it so happened that one of the segments was on atheism in America (which was called "Faith Matters"... that should tell you where this is going). More specifically, a guy named Edwin Kagan, who in ABC's words, is a "ringleader" of these atheists. Kagan has a kind of support group for adult atheists, where, among other more casual activities, he performs "de-baptisms", in which he takes a blowdryer to the recipient for a few seconds, while jokingly saying things like "free at last", and the audience laughs along (of course, he pokes fun at other aspects of Christianity as well). Some people do take it as a sort of "cleansing" of their blind faith, though it is not intended to be serious. Next they said he had a summer camp for kids. I though that was weird and almost discredited the guy, until it turned out that the camp was actually for already-atheist kids who were harassed in school by "believers." Of course, being part of the mainstream media, ABC wasn't going to sympathize with such a "radical" group. They constantly referred to these atheists as being "increasingly aggressive", simply because they were getting their group out there. As reporters always do when they portray something in a negative light, he made extremely sarcastic comments about Kagan and atheism. Here's some of the dumb shit the reporter said to Kagan, and this is only like the first 20 seconds of the interview. Reporter: "Religion is the source, for millions of people, of strength, serenity, and it is a fuel for doing good works." Kagan: "In some cases, it's also a fuel for doing some very bad works". (Which is correct) Reporter: "Godlessness has been a force for evil as well. Stalin comes to mind, Pol Pat comes to mind...Given that we've had mass atrocities by both the faithful and the faithless, why use that as an excuse to mock?" (He's not even the one who tied religion in with character. You did that, dumbass) Kagan: You can mock anything you want to, because you have the right to. Th-" Reporter (cutting him off): "But that doesn't make it RIGHT". (Because exposing holes in your so-called "faith" is never right) ---- It just makes me fucking sick to watch these people get berated, and knowing that millions of people sat on their couches poinitng and laughing tonight. Tomorrow, they'll go to school or work and talk shit behind the backs of the "devil worshipping fag in algebra class" or "Tom, the atheist in accounting. I'm not an atheist, so i'm not bitching about being oppressed or some shit like that, just pointing out yet another vendetta by mainstream culture to alienate anyone who doesn't think like they do. And all this was only 20 minutes of a story much more worth my time, which they spent about 4 minutes on: The money we were giving to Haiti's government to help those affected by the earthquake. Apparently their government (and some of our charities) were witholding large portions of money. But that's for another thread Oh, and as soon as the segment wraps up, the female anchor at the desk just has to hammer the point home: "Mm. The blurry line between free speech and poor taste". Real fucking classy.