Question the Q, Learn Something, Do!

Posted on February 21, 2021


Good Sun Day Morning, Friends!

I have a few things to share today:

As if we don’t have enough of a church-state separation threat on our hands from the established Christian groups, we are now facing threats from a new, upstart religion. In his opinion piece, “In the Name of the Father, Son, and Q: Why It’s Important to See QAnon as a ‘Hyper-Real’ Religion,” Marc-André Argentino urges us not to dismiss a popular conspiracy theory:

By framing QAnon as a religion—in particular, a hyper-real religion—we create a framework that helps us better study, report and understand QAnon. More importantly, it demonstrates that the movement needs to be taken seriously and has the socio-political and behavioral impacts that other religions have. In doing so, it provides a pathway to protecting our societies and institutions from the public health, democratic, and national security threat that QAnon potentially poses.

I recommend reading the entire article; it does help one understand what’s at stake and how this new religion has come into existence to trouble our struggling democracy.

In addition, on Twitter, Nick Carmody JD, MS Psych explores the question, “Is Qanon morphing into a religion right before our very eyes?” in this thread. Sadly, the Q mob seems like another credible threat to secular democracy and public health.

Another troubling development is described in Kate Sosin‘s piece, “36 anti-LGBTQ+ religious freedom measures have been filed this year, many tucked in COVID church bills.” Religion threatens human rights, civil rights, and secular democracy; I urge readers to get involved at some level to fight religious threats to our rights and government. Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something!

On the other hand, there are lots of freethinking people doing good work to help people leave religion, like Alice Greczyn, founder of Dare to Doubt, a resource hub for people detaching from belief systems they come to find harmful. Listen to her story on the latest episode of Ask An Atheist from Freedom From Religion Foundation.

For people looking for in-depth dives into various harmful religious beliefs and practices, Belief It Or Not‘s Youtube channel is a treasure trove of content. I recently viewed The Christian Persecution Complex, which explores the questions: “If you watch Fox News, Christians movies, or listen to christian music you would come to the conclusion that Christians are one of the most persecuted groups in the west. Is there any truth to that? Why is this such a big part of the christian subculture?” Belief It Or Not is putting out good quality content; I look forward to checking out other episodes.

The Thinking Atheist Youtube posted a new video: I Left Because – Chapter One: “It Just Wasn’t True”, a compilation of comments from a variety of people who left different religions. I don’t know how many chapters will be coming, but I really enjoyed this first one and look forward to more.

Finally, February is Black History Month, so do check out the new PBS documentary on The Black Church (Episode 1, Episode 2) but don’t buy the idea that all Black folks are believers. For balance, here’s “Black atheists matter: how women freethinkers take on religion” by Cristopher Cameron, who asks, “Who are the new black atheists and what is behind their recent growth?”

Thanks for reading, freethinking friend. I hope you find information and inspiration for your godless journey. Before I go, let me leave you with this inspiring video from one of my favorite content creators, Melody Sheep: In the Blink of an Eye: Space in an Instant.

May you be happy; may you be well; may you be free from suffering; may you be at peace.

See you next week!

lisa eddy is a writer and editor for-hire, researcher, educator-for-hire, youth advocate,  musician, and gardener.

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