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What Is Your Secular COVID-19 Story?

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I think I am a writer and a student of history. The other day in the mist of our self-quarantine, my 76 year old mother asked me if I was recording my experiences during this once in a lifetime pandemic (hopefully once in a lifetime). I hadn’t been actively doing it but she got me thinking about people’s stories. It was then I decided to collect as many of them as people would send me. I am most interested in the secular perspective and so that is the common thread I would like see.

Long after moments in history, such as the COVID-19 outbreak, recede into the ether of historical memories, people will want to know about how those who lived at that time experienced the event. The secular experience probably won’t be much different than a majority of the world population but the goal of The Secular COVIDStories Project is to collect and save for posterity the secular perspective on this tumultuous time in history.

What is your story? Share it with other secular people and the world.

Feel free to express yourself in words about your experiences during the pandemic. You can submit stories using the form at the link below or email them to covidstories {[AT]} dougberger.net

I will be collecting stories for the duration of the public health emergency so feel free to submit more than one story.

Add Your Covid-19 Story

Here is my story, written this week:

I am middle age and the median age of the people who have died from complications of COVID-19. So I am scared. I haven’t left my house in at least a week and I’m too afraid to go to the store.

I don’t have any major health issues but I am susceptible to some leg infections and have spent time in the hospital for them.

I believe in medical science so when they say they have no cure or treatment for the virus I am scared to get it. I don’t want to be on a ventilator. I’ve had a Pulmonary Embolism so I know what it is like to have extreme trouble breathing and I am scared now.

Some people think the media is hyping the danger but all the thousands of dead bodies around the world tell the truth… and I am scared.

I get my flu shot each year and wiped down shopping carts before the pandemic. I’ve never washed my hands as much as I have the past few weeks. I’m scared.

I try to keep my fears out of my head and not think of them constantly but it is hard. Luckily I am not alone at home but I feel for people who are. At least I can get some distraction when I need it.

This pandemic seems to be dragging on but I know it will end. I just hope I make it out the other side alive and well.

I’m scared.

Add Your Covid-19 Story

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Long after moments in history, such as the COVID-19 outbreak, recede into the ether of historical memories, people will want to know about how those who lived at that time experienced the event. The secular experience probably won’t be much different than a majority of the world population but the goal of The Secular COVIDStories Project is to collect and save for posterity the secular perspective on this tumultuous time in history.

What is your story? Share it with other secular people and the world.

Feel free to express yourself in words about your experiences during the pandemic. We will be collecting stories for the duration of the public health emergency so feel free to submit more than one story. Collected stories will be presented in some form in the near future, either a website, booklet, or read during an episode of the Glass City Humanist podcast (or all three).

If you would like to add your Covid-19 story to my project please submit it using this form. If you have a questions feel free to let us know.

*Note* By submitting your story to this project you are giving Doug Berger permission to publish it and to use it to promote the project.

The Reason Rally Downplays The Reason For The Rally

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logo for the 2016 Reason RallyThe Reason Rally is being held on Saturday. It will be a great opportunity for Nontheists need to show our growing numbers, on a public stage, as a counter to the religious privilege we have to deal with every day in our local, state, and national government. However in a big write up on the event at CNN, the organizers seemed to be diluting the chief idea behind the rally – celebrating our nontheism. It seems like they missed an opportunity to be more direct in, I guess, a futile effort to change the minds of people who hate us anyway.
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Openly Secular: A Needed Project With A Vague Name

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Logo for the Openly Secular projectI’ve been part of the non-religious community for 20 years and one thing is constant, we have many different groups to support us and it seems new ones show up regularly. Case in point is ‘Openly Secular’, a ‘new’ coalition of several large secular groups. Its mission of drawing attention to discrimination of non-religious people is needed but I’m disappointed in the fact that they named the group ‘Openly Secular’ instead of ‘Openly Non-religious’.
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New Secular Woman Group Debuts

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image of Secular Woman logoNormally I frown on creating new freethought groups because we tend to see new ones pop-up for no real reason but Secular Woman is a group our community needs to have. It will serve a group of non-religious people that tend to be under served or marginalize even within the freethought movement. I like their mission and value statements and the fact that even as a man I can join if I want to support their goals.

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