Let’s begin by reading this news article about a man in Mississippi who demanded that the crosses carved into the courthouse pews that were salvaged from a church be removed. The Xtian mayor of the town plans to fight him tooth and nail. No whoosie THAT Xtian redneck, no siree.
Now, let us examine some of the responses to this story posted by some alleged atheists to Hemant Mehta’s Friendly Atheist blog.
Atheist A: “This guy needs to be a friendlier atheist.”
I bet many of you think that no religious symbols belong as a fixture in any court room in this country, in any way, for any reason. Evidently you’re mistaken as evidenced by Atheist A who suggests the complainant should roll over and just be a “friendlier atheist.” Thank you, Mr. Step and Fetch It.
Atheist B: “If the pews are functional ignore the crosses. You can be strong enough not to be offended by the trivial.”
I know just what he means. I feel the same way about the inclusion of Intel Design / Creationism in public school science books; or a giant cross erected on public land; or Biblical verses emblazoned on military rifle sights by the manufacturer; or a Muslim crescent hung on the wall of the local Motor Vehicle Bureau, etc.
If the books, rifle sights, parks, and government offices are functional we can just ignore those chapters; ignore those symbols; we are strong enough not to be offended by the “trivial.” Thank you, Mr. Neville Chamberlain of Non-Believers.
That concludes today’s introduction to “Capitulation to Creeping Theism 101.″ Tomorrow we will open with an invocation delivered by a fundamentalist evangelical pastor. Yes, I know this is a publicly funded college and we are atheists, but hey, he insisted so let's just be nice.