Christians, Baha’is and members of other religions are more than willing to thrust themselves into the marketplace of ideas, even in places where they may not be appreciated. Maybe once the Covid-19 pandemic is over its time Unitarian Universalists (UUs) also got a little militant, instead of just sitting in their churches and waiting for refugees broken and disillusioned from authoritarian religion to come to their churches. If lost souls learn about us faster, they can also heal faster.
We can start by buying and wearing things that proclaim our liberal religion to the masses.
Much better than those red MAGA hats!
There is also this collection from Cafepress:
And how about this collection from Zazzle?
If wearing jewelry is your thing, look here:
We may occasionally find a Gospel tract left in restrooms for complete strangers to pick up (and perhaps discard). How about giving UU pamplets to people that we have earned our trust instead?
And one that has special meaning to me:
Indeed, just as Baha’is may do “firesides” in members’ homes, so UUs might often do “Dinners for Nine” in their homes as well. If non-church members were invited to these, then they would be a great way to share the faith in an relaxed, informal setting. No pressure.
So how about it? Wouldn’t our world be better if there were as many UUs in it as there are Roman Catholics or Muslims now? I think so!
This is a direct sequel to Jehovah, the Homophobe.
For reference, here is the video again:
What if the mother and daughter in that video had been atheists and not Jehovah’s Witnesses? Let’s rename the children and retell the story.
Debbie: “Look, Mom! I drew our family in school today!”
Mom: “Oh, wow!”
Debbie: “I didn’t have time to finish James’ face.” (Mom chuckles.)
Debbie: “Carrie drew two mommies. She said they are married to each other. My teacher rejected her picture, saying Carrie’s mommies are living in sin. That made Carrie cry. What does that mean?”
Mom: “Your and Carrie’s teacher has a common view of gays and lesbians as sinners or even diseased because of their sexuality, but that is based mainly on religious bigotry. Thousands of years ago, when most of the world’s religions were being founded and spread, most people lived in tribal groups. Marriages were usually not just relationships between individuals, but also alliances between families or even nations. So fathers would often arrange for their children to marry members of other families and then those children would be expected to produce the next generation as adults. But the problem was that gays and lesbians couldn’t have children with each other, so they were useless for procreation. Because the founders of the great religions and the writers of the scriptures of these religions mistakenly believed that people could choose their sexuality, harsh punishments were often called for in an effort to force young people to avoid being gay or lesbian and try to be straight instead. Today, we understand how foolish and ignorant those people were and that’s why prejudice against LGBT people is fading away.”
Debbie: “What can we do to help Carrie?”
Mom: “Her rights are being violated by the teacher. If they haven’t done so already, Carrie’s mothers need to consult a lawyer and try to take legal action against the school. Let me talk to Carrie and her mothers so they can know what to do.”
Look at this post on Instagram, a social media outlet devoted to displaying photos.
Here’s a list, based entirely on my opinions; feel free to disagree and make your own.
Donald Trump (for reasons too many to list)
George W. Bush (for starting the totally needless war against Iraq in 2003)
Andrew Jackson (for being a racist who expelled entire Native American tribes to the west)
James Buchanan (for doing nothing to prevent the southern states from setting up the Confederacy)
Herbert Hoover (for doing nothing to end the Great Depression)
Ronald Reagan (for the Iran-Contra scandal, his “Reaganomics” scam and removing the Fairness Doctrine)
Richard Nixon (for Watergate and for his “southern strategy” of making the Republican Party appealing to southern white racists)
Rutherford B. Hayes (for benefiting from an election stolen from the Democrats and ending Reconstruction without reforming the South enough to make it fair to blacks)
Warren G. Harding (for appointing corrupt people to high positions that caused a lot of scandals)
Woodrow Wilson (a racist who endorsed the Ku Klux Klan propaganda film “Birth of a Nation” and led the USA into World War I after being re-elected in 1916 on the slogan “he kept us out of war”. So, he lied!)