A modern American fairy tale
Atheists, realizing that institutionalized religion has become detrimental to the well being of society, become determined to awaken those trapped in religious dogma from their blindness. Secretly these self proclaimed atheists develop a coordinated attack on religious dogma.
Circulated amongst them is a new battle plan. This plan must be well thought out and elegant. Only those who previously have stood up and expressed an utter contempt for any definition of the term or symbol commonly expressed in the English language as God are to be included.
Especially important is making sure that all outspoken and charismatic leaders of this atheist grass roots movement are well recognized by the public. If these leaders are unknown in public then they become known through some type of hijinks to draw media attention.
Once media attention has been focused on the charismatic atheist leaders. Then a new rally will be staged in which these leaders, previously acting independently, come together with a huge rank and file following.
During the rally, which will be staged, as the outcome is already written, these charismatic leaders will speak about the danger of organized fundamentalist religions unthinking and blind dedication to corrupt Christian religious leaders. That should really get the media attention.
Possibly a march would enhance the effects. After the national guard is called out to quell the civil unrest and in full media attention the entire gathering of atheists surrounded by Christian fundamentalists, very nearly ready to be crushed, slaps one hand to the forehead and falls to their knees. Then together they all say ‘Oh God forgive us for we did not see the light!'.
If there was any question of media attention before there will not be afterward. Each of these charismatic leaders will by called upon by countless talk show hosts. They will become the new darlings of the mass media.
They will bring a message of peace and love. They will emphasize the need for individual humans, which have over run the planet to the point of strangulation as a group, to consider themselves not as American or as European or as Christian or as Jew or as Black or as Latino but as Citizen's of the planet Earth responsible for insuring the survival of all the diverse life forms on Earth.
The key to success becomes the willingness of the players to play. Under no circumstances and at no time will any of these new converts explain their epiphany in any other than vague terms such as "I can not explain what happened. Suddenly an unexplainable and overwhelming feeling came over me. I understood, at that point, that I was a child of God. God's soul overwhelmed my soul and filled it with light. Then God commissioned me to bring God's message of love to humanity."
Response would be tremendous. All humans that heard the message would know that God had truly touched the hearts of the unbelievers. More importantly they would begin to question their religious dogma that called for excommunication of the heretic (removal from the tribe), that identified the ‘in' group as the only ones with a stairway to heaven, that prodded neo-cons to invade another sovereign nation to bring freedom to that nations downtrodden masses, that believed nuclear weapons of mass destruction and a missile defense system would defend them from the ‘axis of evil' controlled by God's adversary, etc. etc..
The newly enlightened masses would rise up, would refuse to allow corrupt leaders and institutions to continue with the status quo and, through peaceful means as in ballot box, would overthrow the totally corrupt existing government and install in the position of power individuals who refused to be corrupt.
The new government would take control from a position of openness and transparency in all government operations. All existing television and radio channels would have to devote a portion of their time every day dealing with discussion and debate of the issues that truly effect all citizens, instead of many of the false issues that affect only those that manipulate resources, the wealthy top one percent.
No money would be allowed to be used for access to government. No campaign contributions. No lobbyists. No revolving door between government positions of authority and corporate directors and executives.
If major international conglomerate corporations did not like the new system, for and of the people, then they could leave the country opening up opportunities for smaller businesses to take their place. And, as every one knows, small business is the engine that keeps the economy running
Fairy tales always have good endings. Obviously this fairy tale requires many what if's. And the most difficult thing is that changing the status quo does not always turn out to be for the better.