Atheists. Angie’s May 9, 2015, Editorial.

http://lftlc.com/carriage/FM/Editorial_150509_H2.mp3 This is In Deep; I’m Angie Coiro. In a moment, a conversation with Claire Bidwell Smith about her book, After This: When Life is Over, Where Do We Go? But first … Why would we at In Deep delve into this topic – the afterlife, even if there is one? With all these hard-edged issues awaiting like homelessness and what’s in front of the Supreme Court? Why go so far afield? It is unusual for us, but in common with all our topics, this grew out of a societal shift that bears scrutiny. In this case, it’s the increasingly loud discord between believers and non-believers. From PR-driven atheist-vs-believer “battles” (with tickets for sale, of course) to the internet, where so much of American society pastes bits of its unglossed id – it’s been getting uglier for years. Legendary WW2 correspondent Ernie Pyle declared “There are no atheists in foxholes”. The phrase lives on, but it’s changed. Now it sneers at the legitimacy...
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