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Monday, November 29, 2010

Atheists Are Reasonable--But Not Stupid

A sign you'll spot on the way to the Lincoln Tunnel:


The New York Times blog City Room explains the motivation behind these brave atheists attacking Christianity:

David Silverman, the president of American Atheists and the man behind the billboard, said it would remain in place at least until the winter solstice on Dec. 21 and possibly through Christmas. He said the billboard was partly inspired by one that American Atheists’ founder, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, set up in Dallas in the 1970s proclaiming “Atheism: It’s not what you believe.”

Mr. Silverman said the billboard served two purposes. The first was to get the many people who do not actually believe in God but practice religious rituals to “come out,” in his words.

...The billboard also stands up to what Mr. Silverman described as a reactionary assault on atheists driven mainly by the religious right.

“Every year, atheists get blamed for having a war on Christmas, even if we don’t do anything,” he said. “This year, we decided to give the religious right a taste of what war on Christmas looks like.”
I'm not sure what Silverman means by coming out--unless he means to come outside to see their sign. but to declare war on Christianity in the 21st century is hardly as daring as Silverman would like to think.

Now, if he would like to try his hand at this sort of thing next year during Ramadan--now that would be a declaration of war that would be worthy of the name.

Well, what do you say...Kafir?

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