We all know that America’s primarily-Christian religionists really don’t like the atheist ads that have been popping up, most often on buses, in the UK, the US, and elsewhere. They whine about them, lie about them, and threaten people over them. In Detroit, they protested the signs by vandalizing them. The Detroit Free Press reports on the religionists’ childish antics (WebCite cached article):
Three Detroit buses with advertisements promoting atheism appear to have been vandalized over the past week, an advocacy group said Monday.
The buses featured advertisements earlier this month that read: “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.” The signage was paid for by a coalition of atheist and agnostic groups. In one ad, the word “Don’t” is torn off, according to photographs provided by the group. On another, the word “Don’t” is scratched over several times.
The SMART bus system is replacing the ads for free per its policies, SMART spokeswoman Beth Dryden said. She would not confirm that the advertisements were vandalized, saying only that they were damaged. Dryden said they have not filed a police report.
Fortunately, the Free Press did not offer the obligatory interview with some local clergyman which amounts to an apologia for the vandalism … along the lines of, “I don’t agree with what they did, but I understand why they did it.”
Someday, religionists will grow up sufficiently that vandalism of atheist ads won’t happen; but as long as religions teach their followers that they need not grow up and are always entitled to have “their way,” this cannot happen.
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