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************************************************************ Why use the "A-word"? ************************************************************ Why not use a word less offensive to Christian ears? Because Atheism is nothing of which to be ashamed. By saying one is an Atheist, a person free from theism, one simply proudly proclaims one's standing upon one's own two feet intellectually, free from the bondage of dogma and superstition. Pulpit-pounding hatred will follow Atheism no matter how decorous a label is put upon it - dogmatists fear the idea, not the name. Why not then use the simplest, most honest, and most direct description of the position there is? We agree with the British Atheist editor Chapman Cohen who, earlier this century, wrote, "Atheist is really 'a thoroughly honest, unambiguous term,' it admits of no paltering and of no evasion, and the need of the world, now as ever, is for clear-cut issues and unambiguous speech." *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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