Yes, the American Atheists® sect says it was compelled to pull down an anti-Christian/anti-Mormon billboard outside the Democratic National Convention site. The sign, reflecting the carefully reasoned arguments it has marshaled in defense of its views, coupled the anti-Christian Sadistic God; Useless Savior, 30,000+ Versions of ‘Truth,’ Promotes Hates, Calls it ‘Love’ taunt with one mocking Mormonism: God is a Space Alien, Baptizes Dead People, Big Money, Big Bigotry.
Get it? Taking shots at both sides—Obama and Romney—to show how fair-minded they are.
Well, first of all, as everyone knows, Obama is a Muslim. (In fact, I have it on good authority that he prays five times a day, but instead of facing Mecca, he faces a mirror.) And the folks at AA would need a lot more than 12 steps to recover from the ass-whipping they’d received if they ever mocked Islam the way they do other religions. (Their “You know it’s a myth” billboard is pretty mild fare.)
Second, even if the president were a Christian, there aren’t 30,000 versions of “truth.” There are only five: Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Reformation Protestant, Anabaptist, and Mine.
Third, Mormonism doesn’t teach that God is a space alien. That’s Scientology. Latter-day Saints teach that God was a man who became a space alien. Get your facts straight, fat heads!
A minister of propaganda for the American Atheists® had this to say:
“It is with regret that we tell our members and all of those who treasure free speech and the separation of religion and government that American Atheists and Adams Outdoor Advertising have mutually agreed to remove the billboards immediately,” Amanda Knief, American Atheists’ managing director, said in a statement last week.
“No subject, no idea should be above scrutiny – and this includes religion in all forms,” Knief said. “We are saddened that by choosing to express our rights as atheists through questioning the religious beliefs of the men who want to be our president that our fellow citizens have responded with vitriol, threats and hate speech against our staff, volunteers and Adams Outdoor Advertising.” (emphasis added)
Wait a minute: They claim Mormons are bigots and Christians are haters, but their entire purpose for placarding their message in the first place was to broadcast their hate of religion and bigoted view of believers.
And if they should be allowed to express their beliefs publicly (which you should), why is it only hate speech, and thus presumably intolerable, when someone is attacking them? Why aren’t they guilty of hate speech? And exactly what kinds of threats were made, and by whom? If their staff or that of the billboard company were physically threatened, did they call the police? Is there an investigation under way?
Let’s just say, I’m skeptical . . . I have no doubt they received blowback for the billboards (Christians can be insecure jerks too), but why do I have a feeling some of the folks connected with the Democratic Convention put a little pressure on both the billboard vendor and the American Atheists. I mean, since when did the good folks at AA care about the opinions of their fellow citizens?
I wonder what William Murray, son of AA founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair, has to say about all this?