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My cover is blown

I get some doozies in my inbox, but yesterday brought something genuinely new — a message from a secular humanist who is concerned that I am too, uh…too…well heck, I’ll let you figure it out:

HELLO DALE AND ASSOCIATES, 14 OF APRIL IN 2009!

AFTER READING A BUNCH IN YOUR WEBSITE [PARENTINGBEYONDBELIEF.COM], I CONCLUDED THAT YOU HAVE NOT MOVED BEYOND “RELIGION” AT ALL OR NOT FAR.
“BEYOND BELIEF” I FOUND UNTRUE…..TRUE?

I FOUND SEVERAL DECLARATIONS OF HOW YOUR “REALITY” IS.
YA’LL EVEN BORROW A FEW IDEAS FROM THE WORLD OF CONVENTIONAL “CHRISTIAN RELIGIOSITY”, I BELIEVE.
ARE YOU LOCKED IN THESE IDEAS – “GOOD” AND “BAD [EVIL]” , THE IDEA THAT “DEATH” IS REAL, ETC?
THE TAINT OF “RELIGION” IS SO PERVADING IN OUR WORLD THAT ITS SMELL OR IDEAS SNEAK IN ALMOST EVERYWHERE, I FIND.

DO YOU REALLY TAKE PEOPLE IN YOUR SEMINAR TO A PLACE OF “AUTHENTIC FREEDOM”, I BELIEVE, THAT HAS A HUMAN BEING BE ABLE TO BELIEVE EVERYTHING AS “TRUTH” AND TEST EVERYTHING FREELY AND INDIVIDUALLY?

THEN, I BELIEVE, THAT THE “HIGH TRUTHFULNESS AND USEFULNESS” OF WHAT I CALL “HIGH TRUTHS” WILL BE PROVEN IN THE OUTCOMES OF OUR HOLDING THAT “HIGH TRUTH” AS A “FACT” IN THE FLOW OF LIFE THAT’S TRULY “LIFE-GIVING!”.
THERE ARE A LOT OF “LOW TRUTHS” THAT TEAR DOWN LIFE, BIND MINDS, DESTROY THE HUMAN COMMUNITY OF ONENESS, CREATE WAR, ETC.
THESE ARE USEFUL IN ONLY TEACHING WHAT’S NOT TO BE HELD, I BELIEVE, AS “TRUTH” FOR THE POOR RESULTS THESE “TRUTHS” PRODUCE.
ONE OF THE LOWEST TRUTHS IS THE IDEA HELD BY SOME THAT “I AM RIGHT AND YOU ARE WRONG”.
IS THAT THOUGHT IN YOUR MIND, WORK AND BOOK, DALE?

ARE YOU A “CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS INFILTRATOR”?
OR, HAVE YA’LL CREATED YOUR OWN “RELIGION” WE MUST NOW BELIEVE AND FROM WHICH WE MUST OPERATE IN LIFE?
OR, WHAT’S UP…….?

DO YA’LL GIVE A REFUND FOR YOUR SEMINAR IF A CLIENT DOES NOT FIND IT ULTIMATELY USEFUL OR A NEW THOUGHT?

Finally, enjoy an excerpt of a recent talk by Joss Whedon:

The final passage gives Joss away as another member of my secret team infiltrating humanism with some perspective and empathy regarding religion. Put a blood pressure cuff on and check the dial as he gets to the final sentences:

The enemy of humanism is not faith. The enemy of humanism is hate, is fear, is ignorance, is the darker part of man that is in every humanist, every person in the world. That is the thing we have to fight. Faith is something we have to embrace. Faith in God is believing, absolutely, in something with no proof whatsoever. Faith in humanity means believing absolutely in something with a huge amount of proof to the contrary. We are the true believers.

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This was written on Wednesday, 15. April 2009 at 07:38 and was filed under belief and believers, fear, Kerfuffles, nonbelief and nonbelievers. You can keep up with the comments to this article by using the RSS-Feed.

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  1. On one hand, when the root of hate, fear, and ignorance is religion, we need to call it out without hesitation. On the other hand, the ideas of faith and religion aren’t inherently evil. While I bought into the mindset of “religion bad” for a few months, I’ve found that mindset is just as ignorant as that of, say, fundie Christians.

    “zomg conspiracy. if u dont agree wif me ur bad man.” Gee, that attitude sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

    Comment: lneely – 15. April 2009 @ 8:00 am

  2. Gosh, sorry about your correspondent’s broken caps lock key. They just don’t make them keyboards like they used to.

    Comment: Michelle Galo – 15. April 2009 @ 8:39 am

  3. Gosh, sorry about your correspondent’s broken caps lock key.

    One of my least favorite things. Another is the “UNCONTROLLED USE” of “SCARE QUOTES” to emphasize “THINGS.”

    Comment: Dale – 15. April 2009 @ 8:45 am

  4. I’m not sure which is worse: the combination of “scare quotes” and ALL CAPS, or the mention of how the TAINT OF “RELIGION” has a SMELL.

    Be afraid…

    P.S. Is this really your two-thousandth post? It doesn’t seem like that long, does it?

    Comment: cognitive dissident – 15. April 2009 @ 9:53 am

  5. Ewww…

    Comment: lneely – 15. April 2009 @ 9:57 am

  6. “Wow” that is “SOME” kind of “CRAZY”. Wonderful line from Whedon.

    Comment: Kelly – 15. April 2009 @ 10:00 am

  7. ARE YOU A “CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS INFILTRATOR”?

    Okay, I laughed for like, five minutes at that part.

    I pictured you dressed like a ninja with a huge gold cross around your neck. Sorry. My brain went there.

    You know when you say a word over and over and it loses meaning? The letter-writer kind of maimed the word “TRUTH” in the fifth paragraph.

    Comment: Glendon Mellow – 15. April 2009 @ 10:16 am

  8. P.S. Is this really your two-thousandth post?

    No, and I don’t know why it says that. This is #316, which is scary enough.

    Comment: Dale – 15. April 2009 @ 10:17 am

  9. Please, please tell me you emailed this mad person with a link to this post. 😉

    Comment: ghostlove – 15. April 2009 @ 2:09 pm

  10. If I had a band, I would soo name it SMELLY TAINT OF “RELIGION”. 8-D

    Comment: nonplus – 15. April 2009 @ 3:53 pm

  11. Just leave off the OF “RELIGION” part and it would be a brutal band name. 😀

    Comment: lneely – 16. April 2009 @ 7:50 am

  12. and here I thought it was only religious wingnuts who used all caps and nearly incoherent sentences. at least the spelling was better than the average wingnut.

    Comment: antimattr – 17. April 2009 @ 8:47 am

  13. Pity the discussion is all about the nut and so little about Joss’ speech? (hint hint… whaddya think? 😉 )

    Of course, Joss is “talking to us”. The nut, on the other-hand, serves as “an other”. Nothing builds a group, a sense of camaraderie, like some bashing of the out-group? 😛

    Comment: Hugo – 18. April 2009 @ 7:42 am

  14. The nut, on the other-hand, serves as “an other”.

    I think what’s discussion-worthy about the correspondent is that he combines in-group and out-group characteristics. He shares my worldview but not my approach to it.

    That said — how ’bout the Whedonator!!

    Comment: Dale – 18. April 2009 @ 8:04 am

  15. Does this guy really share a humanist worldview? Maybe I am having trouble interpreting his meaning because of the all caps thing, but it seems to me that he subscribes to the idea that there is some sort of unifying, all-pervasive cosmic power – questioning whether we think death is “real”, talking of “low truths” vs “high truths” and “authentic freedom”. There’s something in this that seems to suggest that reality and truth are relative and that no one should believe anything (or maybe everyone should believe all things?) because noone should tell another what to believe. I don’t know – it’s all a little too mystical and hand-wavy for me to call it humanism. It’s sounds more like new age mysticism to me.

    Comment: Jim Lemire – 18. April 2009 @ 1:12 pm

  16. Does this guy really share a humanist worldview?

    Yup. I Googled him up because I was having trouble figuring his p.o.v. out as well. He is an active member of a humanist group.

    Comment: Dale – 18. April 2009 @ 10:55 pm

  17. Another reason to love Joss Whedon. As if Buffy wasn’t enough.

    Comment: ondfly123 – 20. April 2009 @ 2:59 pm

  18. I heart Joss Weedon. And nearly all of his work. I must admit I used to turn my nose up to any media remotely resembling Sci-Fi, and Weedon’s characters converted me. (Well, ok, they converted me in the sense that I could watch his shows, a few others and generally stop judging the tastes of more “hardcore” sci-fi fans). I didn’t realize he was involved in the Humanist network — although I can’t say it surprises me.

    Question — when he mentions (extremely briefly) that fans have come up and congratulated him on his work, was he talking about something more recent? Or was that a throw back to Buffy / Angel? Does he have something new I should be aware of????

    Comment: expatinnewzealand – 28. April 2009 @ 3:19 pm

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