Saturday, June 23, 2007

Meet your friendly neighborhood atheists


After a breakfast with Minnesota Atheists, Natalie Zett interviewed a handful of members of Minnesota Atheists. You can read the article here. I liked this part, which is a quote from Cynthia Egli:

“There are a lot of very decent religious people, and many share some of our perspective,” she said. “They also want to keep religion out of government. We want civil rights for everybody. We want women to have rights and GLBT people to have rights. A lot of churches are the same way. We’re trying to make connections with other people who have similar perspectives. We don’t believe that you have to be a religionist to be moral, decent and ethical.”

This is what shocks some of the Mormons we talk to, that we have similar ethics. There is a bias that atheists can't lead moral lives. But, unlike some Mormons, I don't believe homosexuality is a sin, or can be cured like a disease.

1 comment:

Natalie said...

Thanks for mentioning my article about the Minnesota Atheists (it originally appeared in The Park Bugle). That was one of my all-time favorite interviews!