In this Sept. 9, 2010 photo, a billboard erected by atheists in Oklahoma City reads 'Don't believe in God? Join the club.' (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)The Religious Right has launched a ferocious Neocrusade against Islam in the US, which includes several planned Qur’an burnings, as well as assertions that “freedom of religion” doesn’t apply to Muslims. Generally speaking, the Religious Right isn’t holding back its contempt for Islam or its belief that Muslims don’t belong in the US. But curiously, they can’t manage to stomach any criticism, themselves. (OK, so this is no surprise … we’ve long known they’re thin-skinned and childish.)

Here’s but one example of how this is so: The AP reports via Google News that Christians in the Oklahoma City area are offended by the local Coalition of Reason putting up atheism signs (WebCite cached article):

Atheists in Oklahoma City have erected a billboard seeking fellow non-believers, and Satanists have scheduled a conference in a city-owned building, drawing criticism from ministers in a state where more than eight out of 10 people say they are Christians.

“It’s not a question of ‘Can you?’ It’s a question of ‘Should you?'” said Dan Fisher, pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church in Yukon. “It’s kind of like they’re poking a finger in your eye.”

Nick Singer, the coordinator of a local atheists’ group called “Coalition of Reason,” recently received $5,250 from its national counterpart to erect the billboard along Interstate 44 near the Oklahoma State Fair, which opens Wednesday. Its message reads, “Don’t believe in God? Join the club.”

I’m not sure how or why these signs are offensive. All they do is tell those people who already do not believe in God, that they aren’t alone. It doesn’t say that belief in God is bad, or erroneous; it doesn’t tell people they shouldn’t believe in God; it doesn’t tell them they’re idiots for being theists; or anything like that. In fact, the wording of these signs is not directed at believers at all.

Yet, they are nonetheless offended. Wah wah wah.

I love how Christians can dish out the criticism of other religions and of irreligion, but cannot handle anything contrary, themselves … not even signs whose message is not for them. What hypocritical crybabies.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki (cached).

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