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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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Vandalized atheist bus ad in Detroit MIWe 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.

Hat tip: Friendly Atheist.

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The Christmas wars this year are becoming pitched battles (metaphorically speaking). A nativity scene in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania is now a point of contention, as reported by WPMT-TV:

Dozens rallied in the borough’s square Saturday afternoon to support a traditional nativity scene that has been placed there for years, but this season is conspicuously missing. …

The borough decided to bar all displays from the square after an atheist, agnostic and secular humanist organization called Pennsylvania Nonbelievers (PAN) asked to set up a 3 ft. by 4 ft. sign reading “Celebrating Solstice — Honoring Atheist War Veterans” in the square. …

Rather than allow the sign to sit near the nativity, Chambersburg’s leaders prohibited all displays.

This is, of course, a petulant and childish decision made in haste and anger … and solely to keep from having to put up the PAN sign. As one would expect — and as I surmise, as Chamberburg’s leaders themselves expected, which was the point of their overreaction — sanctimonious outrage on the part of Christians erupted:

[The ban] was Lisa Blackstock’s call to action. A Chambersburg native and resident of nearby Mercersburg, Blackstock organized Saturday’s rally. She said Christian symbols are under fire nationwide.

Ms Blackstock appears to be fact-deprived. No one “attacked” the nativity. That is not what happened at all. What actually happened is that non-believers wanted to put up a sign of their own. They did not ask for the nativity to be removed. No one vandalized it.

So on the one hand we have a bunch of sniveling children — the folks who run the town of Chambersburg — who in their immaturity could not handle a request to put up a non-believers’ sign. On top of that we have a bunch of sniveling children — i.e. local Christians — who react to that by making false claims and stage rallies. The former set of childish people will now, I suspect, use the bellicose reaction of the latter set of childish people to justify putting the nativity back … and without also putting up PAN’s sign.

Which very likely was the entire point of what they did. A clever maneuver, even if it’s immature and needlessly manipulative.

Isn’t it time people grew up, fercryinoutloud?

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