"Thanks!" in Portuguese via fountain pen in blue ink Image via Wikipedia
As Grammateus (Secretary) of Hellenion, a non-profitreligious organization with 501(c)(3) status, I have many duties. This includes, but isn’t limited to, processing new member applications. That duty involves several tasks. One of my predecessors started a tradition that has become my favorite task as Grammateus, and that is personalizing our welcome kit and sending it to new members.
I was delighted yesterday when I saw that my new friend, Jota, had posted pictures on Facebook of the arrival of his welcome kit and documented his excitement opening it. This was especially grand considering that he resides in Brazil and is the brother to another member in Brazil. I am kindling quiet anticipation of new demoi (congregations) emerging all over the globe.
With his permission, I have included his pictures and comments below to give all of you would-be-applicants an idea of what you can expect to receive when you first join. Continue reading →
Protestor holds a sign against proposed Islamic center
Remember folks, religious tolerance applies to all religions. It doesn’t mean endorsing their creeds, liking what they do, or -gods forbid- agreeing with others’ beliefs. It means allowing them to practice their faiths. Ideally, it means trying to understand why others believe what they believe; but at the very least, not being a jackass about it by persecuting believers of other faiths.
This applies not only to Christians with respect to Islam and to us, as polytheists. It also applies to us and our behavior towards monotheists like Christians and Muslims.
What do you think of (and feel about) the building of Islamic Cultural Centers? Should we be tolerant if and when we are not tolerated?
I fully respect differences in belief (and non-belief) in something greater than the physical world. However, there are some atheists who are quite . . forceful with their opinions, even challenging theists to prove the existence of their god(s). The following is my answer to the question: why believe when you can’t prove it? Continue reading →