Friday, March 26, 2010

Have you read...?

Have you read "The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster"?  No...?  Hmmm.  That's odd.

The purpose of this blog post is to point out the need of the freethough movement to begin opening its eyes to snuggling-up to an ally it didn't know it had.  The Library.

Like atheists and agnostics and all the rest of our numbers by name, libraries are ubiquitous.  There isn't a town anywhere that doesn't have one and it's high time we non-religionists take note of that.  Libraries are like churches for atheists... or they ought to be.  Our goals are quite similar, after all.  Both the library and the non-religious community want to share knowledge on a broad basis.  We want people to read widely and learn.  We're both interested in building the best and most informed community we can have.  We're a natural marriage couple, no doubt.

I don't intend to spoon feed how important this notion is to advancing secular society.  You can all think that out on your own, but I do hope to encourage that you lend additional thought to using your local school and state library systems as partners - as churches of real knowledge - and that you ought to tailor the activities of you grassroots group-building efforts to take full advantage of this built-in ally by employing and exploiting everything it has to offer - meeting space, internet, A/V, books  (the ones you want can be ordered) and an attitude to spread the knowledge of the world's real scholars.

I wonder... does the library shelve "The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster"?   Hmmm... good question.  I'll ask.
Have you read...?

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