I am one man.
I do not represent any group or any other person but myself.
I alone am responsible for what I do, say, or write.
I don’t represent my wife, children, extended family, or the family dog.
In the Gerencser family we don’t practice group-think and everyone is free to be whoever and whatever they want to be.
Yes, I am an atheist, but that doesn’t mean my wife or children are.
Yes, I am a liberal, but that doesn’t mean my wife or children are.
Freethought applies to everyone in the Gerencser family, not just me.
It offends me when local Christians judge my wife or children based on what I do, say, or write.
They ask, in whispered voices, isn’t Bruce Gerencser their father or isn’t she married to Bruce Gerencser?
Evidently, being related to an atheist is an awful, dreadful thing. What drives such thinking? What makes Christians so judgmental that they refuse to treat people different from them with respect?
My wife and children are not me.
I am a committee of one.
I own what I do, say, and write.
I am not ashamed of what I do, say, and write.
I never been one to hide in shadows or use a pseudonym.
If you want to attack someone, attack me.
If you want to gossip about someone, gossip about me.
If you want to judge someone as worthy of the wrath of God, the judgment of God, and hell, judge me.
I don’t hide what I am, and I am not ashamed to say that I am an atheist.
I am not afraid to say that I think Christianity is a man-made religion and the Bible is a man-made book.
If you want to go after someone, if you want to attack someone, here I am.
Come out of the shadows.
Quit being the kind of gossips the Bible condemns.
Man up, woman up, and stand up for your God and your Bible.
Quit hurling anonymous, veiled invectives towards my family.
I am not hiding from you.
I am right here.
No need to question people with the last name of Gerencser as to their affiliation with me.
No need to demand answers from them when you read a newspaper article or blog post you don’t like.
No need to corner them at their place of employment or college classroom and demand they defend their father or husband.
I am right here. Leave a comment, send me an email, or contact me on Twitter or Facebook.
Only a coward goes after a man’s wife and children. What’s next, going after my grandchildren.
While they are all related to me, they are not responsible for what I do, say, or write.
I alone am responsible.
I am a committee of one.