09 May 2012
Last year I met the Vice-President of ATEO (Atheist Esperantists of the World) and she asked me to write a greeting for their Journal. Seeing my words in Esperanto is quite a novelty for me so I thought I'd share it:
For those of you who don't read Esperanto here is what I wrote:
Hello atheist esperantists! As is common with native English speakers I am quite bad with other languages (it's embarrassing really), so I appreciate ATEO's translation of this greeting from me. I understand that the key goal of Esperanto is to facilitate communication and cooperation between people of different backgrounds, with the intention that this will foster goodwill and harmony on our small planet. It's a noble goal, and esperantists who are also atheists may appreciate that Atheist Alliance International has similar objectives. By challenging religion and its privileged place in society we seek a secular world that is fair to all people, and ultimately more peaceful. For all our sakes, I hope the efforts of both communities are successful in fostering a better world.