To celebrate Christmas, this Season of Peace and Good Will toward Fellow Man, I’m thinking of converting to Islam. If I do, maybe I’ll get cut a bit more slack than I do now, as an atheist.
Cities deep in Christian country are well-known for their vocal proselytizing, but when your viewpoint veers off the God script, watch out. That’s what atheists in Fort Worth, Texas, are discovering, as a new non-godly ad campaign on buses is being attacked by local believers. According to the New York Times, clergy members and others are trying to take down ads saying “Millions of people are good without god,” even as a majority of religious-related campaigns tout Christianity in that city. – Alternet
Apparently some pastors there have encouraged a boycott of the buses – does that make any sense? I mean, blame the bus for the ads it carries? – and a bunch of local Chamber of Commerce types paid for a van to follow the bus around with a pro-Christian message. I’d call that “bad money after good.”
The organization behind the Fort Worth effort is part of a loosely organized “United Coalition of Reason.” It has purchased ads in over a dozen cities – billboards as well as bus ads – mostly proclaiming, “Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone.” The ads have incited anger in some places. According to the New York Times, “Vandals destroyed two bus ads in Detroit, ruined a billboard in Tampa, Fla., and defaced 10 billboards in Sacramento. One billboard in Cincinnati was taken down after the landlord received threats…..And the local rapid transit authority in Des Moines pulled atheist ads off its buses in August last year because of complaints from local religious leaders.”
These faithful followers of Jesus sure do get upset easily. Can suicide bombers be far behind? How come Glenn Beck isn’t on the teevee and radio condemning these violent, intolerant attacks? Where’s Pat Buchanan, foaming and spitting about the disrespect for American tradition he sees every day at the hands of immigrants and un-American minorities? For that matter, where are the progressives? Hiding in the temple?
At least the Muslims get SOME lip-service respect and sympathy. Maybe I’ll get a Koran for Christmas so I can start studying for my Rag Mitzvah.
(There. I’ve insulted everybody. I’m at peace.)