Myth-eltoe

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.)

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5 Responses to Myth-eltoe

  1. Moose & Squirrel says:

    Are these the s ame Christians who objected to Halloween decorations in central Florida because they were state-funded endorsements of Satanism? Who needs the Taliban when we have these boneheaded thugs?

  2. Neil, a Christian Soul says:

    Denying the Lord is blasphemy. These people are Satan’s agents on earth, sent at this holy time of year to tempt the Faithful, but they will fail as they always have since the coming of the Lord. Their place in hell is insured. Do you really want to join them? I will pray for you.

  3. One Man's Opinion says:

    No matter what name you call God, only God has the right to be 1) offended and 2) take any kind of retribution. I wish all the “faithful” would just be satisfied with their personal relationship with their God and stay out of everyone else’s religious business. If you don’t like the ads on the bus read a book. No one is forcing anyone to read or agree with the ads; these ads are just to give those who are intimidated by “good christians” with no tolerance for any other opinion a sense that they are not alone.

  4. Missing Lincoln says:

    I find it ironic and sad that reasonable people should ever need to coalesce.

    It reminds me of the once-funny Steve Martin’s nonconformist creed (repeat after me):

    I promise to be different
    I promise to be unique
    I promise not to repeat things other people tell me to

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