In Bend, Oregon, it appears that an atheists have taken it upon themselves to engage in vigilante proselytizing. Two churches were vandalized with homages to the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
In the spirit of using lemons to make lemonade, I hope this is a time when the atheist community can step up and prove that we really are different than theists. Not perfect, but different.
I’ve consistently condemned the (allegedly existent) “moderate majority” of Christians who really are nice people who don’t hate gays, think atheists are fine, and support women’s reproductive choice. I’ve said they don’t do their part by standing up against religious extremism. I’ve said they implicitly condone extremism by remaining polite and “respecting” everyone’s diverse religious beliefs. And to this day, I remain convinced of my beliefs.
Let’s be different. Here’s part of my contribution: To any of the people responsible for this, or anyone who thinks it’s cool and might do something similar: STOP IT YOU FUCKWADS! It’s not OK. It’s not cool. It’s illegal, immoral, and stupid. Nothing short of a public apology and turning yourself in to the police will convince me that you are worthy of respect as moral human beings. You do not represent anything that I hold dear as a freethinker, skeptic, and atheist.
Here’s the second part of my contribution: I’m sending money to a fund created — by the Friendly Atheist — for cleaning up the church. I’m standing by what I believe. Christians have every right to have churches, and they have every right to the protection of the law. They did not deserve to be vandalized, and if the offenders will not man up and do the right thing, I will do it in their stead. I will prove that you don’t have to believe in Jesus to understand the value of sacrifice. Join me, won’t you?
So… are any Christians willing to do the right thing and put up the money to repair all the Atheist billboards that have been vandalized by “extremists” in their own ranks? Let’s see who’s more moral…