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To the editor:
I have lived here for nine years and I wasn’t aware of any other non-believers but myself, until about a year ago, now I’m aware of about 10 of us and that number will soon grow because us godless heathens are having a pizza social this month, right here in this small Kentucky town.
There is a movement happening that is showing non-believers that it’s ok to come out of hiding; society no longer believes in that part of the Bible that tells Christians to stone us to death. (Deuteronomy 13:6-10)
Kentucky recently held the first ever “Freethought Convention” and about 250 of us all came together as a group to show that we are no longer afraid to be proud of who we are.
You have lived with atheists for at least the last nine years and Yahweh has not burnt down this city; which must show that he doesn’t have a big issue with us living here, so why should any of his followers?
I’m writing this because I think it’s time to acknowledge that we are here and we aren’t the only ones; I’m also writing this because the local newspaper, The Anderson News, has a “Faith” section yet I never see anything really against faith; there are weekly articles about faith…well about Christianity specifically.
At the bottom of this “Faith” page, there is a Church Services Directory; which is done as a service to the community (free of charge) to let them know where they can meet and discuss their religious beliefs and praise the god that they have chose to worship, yet again, I only really see Christianity represented.
How can you have a “Faith” section that only focuses on one faith?
I understand that The Anderson News is a “business” and can publish anything they want; however, I am respectfully requesting that The Anderson News offer the same type of services to all of their readers and all of the people who are a part of this community; including atheists. I would like to have our atheist group posted in the Church Services Directory as a service to the athiest community.
Lawrenceburg does have a group for atheists and it’s called Freethinking Atheists of Central Kentucky and we are here to prove that you are not alone. Many of us have donated and done extensive charity work right here in our community to help our neighbors of all faiths and beliefs.
The Anderson News also has a “faith” writer that likes to discuss all of the Christian issues in this community and I, respectfully, request to be allowed to write something weekly for those of us that believe a little different.
We may be the minority here in Lawrenceburg but we are still a part of the community.
Jerry W. Milburn, II