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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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(Alternate title: War On Christmas 2009, Part 7.)

Bill O’Reilly is the most visible proponent of “the War on Christmas” trope, these days. It’s a battle he’s waged annually for several years. It comes as no surprise, then, that he’s come out against the current spate of freethinkers’ advertising efforts. He attributes this to hatred of “the Baby Jesus”:

Note what O’Reilly says:

Why do they loathe the baby Jesus? He’s just a baby…How do you sell atheism by running down a baby? It’s just a baby.

As usual, O’Reilly has made up his mind about what atheists and other freethinkers are thinking, based on his own subjective determinations. He has no idea what they actually think … and probably could never do so, even if he wanted to. I can’t speak for the “atheists” O’Reilly is railing against, but I can speak for myself, as a supporter of these advertising campaigns:

I can’t “loathe the baby Jesus,” Mr O’Reilly, because I’m not even sure there ever was a baby Jesus! As it turns out, not even you know it with certainty … which is why Christianity can only be taken on faith. Jesus’ existence is not a matter of fact or of history … and barring a major discovery, it never will be. I cannot “loathe” what I don’t even know ever existed.

Second, Mr O’Reilly, when you call the founder of your religion a “baby,” you do him a disservice. If he lived … and if he did even a few of the things Christians have attributed to him over the centuries … then he was definitely no “baby.” He was a man, a teacher, and — again, if Christianity is to be believed — a healer and a redeemer. For you to refer to him casually as a “baby” essentially dismisses all of that, and relegates Jesus Christ to a mere idol … an idol “wrapped in swaddling clothes,” sitting in a manger in Bethlehem. If all he is to you is a “baby,” Mr O’Reilly, then all of his teachings, his parables, the Sermon on the Mount, his healings, the “signs” associated with him, his death, and even his resurrection, all of that, may as well never have happened.

I’m not sure you intended to dismiss the entire career of the founder of your religion … but essentially that’s what you did.

One more thing, Mr O’Reilly … you say “atheists” are “jealous of Christians” because they have a holiday. Well, that isn’t quite true. Thanks to centuries of Christianity, much of it militant — and thanks more recently to your bellicose caterwauling — everyone in the US has Christmas rammed down our throats. Everyone in the US — Christian and otherwise — has Christmas as a holiday. We can’t avoid it. It’s in our faces, for several weeks every year. “Jealous”? How can that be? Because Christians have Christmas and we non-believers don’t? Non-believers do have Christmas — whether we want it or not. And it’s people like you, Mr O’Reilly, who annually ensure we get more of it than we could possibly want!

Note: O’Reilly’s column on this subject may be found here.

Hat tip: Unreasonable Faith and the 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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The atheist signs that have been going up around the country, over the last year or so, apparently are still bothering a lot of believers. Yes, that’s right … the very same people who think fondly of “Jesus Saves!” or “Repent!” signs, are outraged and incensed that those horrific atheists have dared put up signs of their own! How dare they!

The latest dust-up over atheist signs happened in Ft Lauderdale, FL, as reported by television station WSVN:

Residents want sign promoting atheism removed

Community residents are protesting a billboard they call offensive to Christians.

The recruitment billboard put up by the Florida Atheist and Secular Humanist Society stands just east of Interstate 95 on Sunrise Boulevard and 27th Avenue, next to a business owned by an African-American preacher. …

The sign states: “Being a good person doesn’t require God. Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone.”

Ken Loukinen, President of FLASH, said he had no intention of offending anyone when he paid to put the sign up. …

But, business owners said, the sign has affected their income. Aavion McDonald works at the hair and beauty salon located right below the billboard. “There are people that come in here complaining about the sign,” he said, “and that’s not good for the business, and it’s not good for the neighborhood.”

As one can imagine, the believers’ sanctimonious antics have begun:

After seeing the billboard, Team of Life community activist Essie “Big Mama” Reed brought her students out to protest it Wednesday afternoon. “Nothing else matters, but that sign needs to come down. In the name of Jesus,” Big Mama chanted, as she led her students in protest.

Woops. Looks like Jesus hasn’t taken that horrible sign down, Big Mama. This avid believer didn’t merely chant about it … she went on to lie about the sign:

“I don’t know the reason for putting this sign up,” said Big Mama. “It says ‘Do not believe in God.'”

Uh, wrong. It does not instruct anyone not to believe in God, Big Mama. That you dislike the sign does not grant you license to lie about it.

Yet another shining example of lying liars for jesus. How he must love all these people who lie in his name.

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