Last Wednesday was the winter solstice, the “shortest” day of the year – and what a year this has been. Some have called it the worst year ever...a dumpster fire of a year.
It’s not all been bad, and over the next weeks, I’m going to share some of our greatest successes with you. But on this darkest day of a dark year, I want to share one of my fears.
I’m afraid our voices, the voices of reason and secularism, are being drowned out. That we do not have the resources we need to counterbalance an increasingly hostile set of backwards worldviews.
Despite growing secularism, there is also a rise in hate, intolerance and anti-intellectualism. The so-called “alt-right” has grown, in part, by attracting disaffected youth through straw-manning women’s, racial, and social justice movements.
Students are in their crosshairs, and many are buying into the regressive rhetoric. We’ve seen and heard that hateful rhetoric in the course of our work, and we know it’s reaching them.
Are we reaching them as well? If we’re not fully funded, we may not be.
And let’s be clear: with that hateful rhetoric of the “alt-right” comes a lot of other baggage as well. It is anti-science, anti-education, and anti-secular.
That shouldn’t surprise you; it's made up of some of the same bigots that used make up the ‘religious right’.
There must be a strong, and fully funded, secular movement available to students on their high school and college campuses. Donate now and make that a reality.
Secular people, including students, have never been a wholly homogeneous group, and we don’t have to be. We don’t agree on everything, but we do have some core values, and some core enemies. The “alt-right” is a threat to our movement and our values.
There is a fight brewing for our collective future, and, as always, it is the younger generation that will become engaged on one side or the other. It is they that will win or lose the fight of ideas that will shape that future.
We will make it through this darkness together. Add your light to our cause with a donation.