A billboard in New York City.
This holiday campaign by American Atheists, a secular organization, is frightfully hateful. It’s one thing to disagree about religion, but it’s another to want to offend. And there is something perverse about the campaign, on the level of the Westboro Baptist Church funeral protests, as if American Atheists is saying, “Look at what naughty thing we can do!” Oh, the glee.
I’m certain the group believes there is no better time to push their message; after all, think of the media attention it will draw (see here and here), but the campaign comes across as a pathetic attempt to start controversy… and no one is interested. Simply put, it’s the ultimate holiday buzzkill, nothing more.
Now, in the spirit of the times, I think I’ll find a five year old and tell her about Santa.
Postscript: Usually, I find discussions with atheists engaging. Their positions are thought-provoking and stimulating, but there seems a new breed of atheists, a breed bent on destroying people’s faith, not engaging people’s minds. This sort of atheist is a type of fundamentalist atheist and is the least interesting of all.
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- Behold the fundamentalist atheist!
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- The problem of atheism
- On Bertrand Russell’s “Why I am not a Christian”