In Memory of David B – a good and faithful secular-atheist
It is with great sadness that His Grace reports the death of a longtime communicant upon this blog, known to us all over the years as David B. He died on 27 February 2014, and remained cheerfully himself until the end. His Grace would like to send his condolences to David B's family and friends, and on behalf of all here, sincere thanks and appreciation for streams of wisdom and intelligent comment upon a myriad of topics.
David B will have a Humanist funeral as he had requested. These are his final words for this site:
I comment quite frequently at the Conservative Christian Cranmer blog, where I am known as David B. In fact I have mentioned CEMB there more than once already.Last month David B emailed His Grace and asked him to publicise his wish that, on his passing, people should support the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB).
There is much in Cranmer's posts that I disagree with, though I can sometimes find agreement between the two of us - as in the same sort of issue where the Christian Institute and the NSS can lobby together on freedom of speech issues.
For all Cranmer's faults, he has the virtue of tolerating dissent in his comment pages, which I respect.
Within the regular commenters, some enjoy posting a little tongue in cheek, but there are a couple of others who also make the case for liberal secularism, and there is quite a large tranche of the thinking sort of Christian, who is thoughtful and fundamentally decent at heart, along with the sort of Christian represented by the worst sort of side of the Daily Mail letters pages.
On the Cranmer pages. with my secular hat on, I have been trying to overcome prejudice against secularism by explaining (over and over) that it is about the state favouring no religion over any other, not favouring religion over no religion, and not favouring no religion over religion.
I do argue against religious privilege, though. Religious freedom I see as a good thing, but not an absolute good. You can't have people following some of the laws of Sharia or Leviticus, whether they believe they should do so on religious grounds or not. One law for all!
With my atheist hat on, though, I argue that though people should be free to worship as they wish, without undue privilege, they are unwise to do so.
I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012, and had an operation then, followed by chemo in late 2012 and early 2013. The course was never finished, as my reaction to it deteriorated, and it ceased as doing more harm than good.
In early December last year I was rushed to hospital in terrible pain, and, despite hopes that the problem was not cancer related, scans showed small tumours in all the places one really doesn't want them. Kidney, bowel, lungs, liver...
At the moment treatment options are palliative chemo and no palliative chemo. I have made it clear to the medics that I value quality of live above quantity, and I suppose they and I will have to take things as they progress.
He asked that anyone who valued him or cared about him should consider supporting this organisation of courageous people. They have set up a David Bleines Tribute so that they can receive donations in his name.
Goodbye, David, thou good and faithful secular-atheist.