Ah, the Spirit of the Season… Whining Atheists With Double Standards! By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Excerpt: I see the American Atheists are at it again, convinced they’re so edgy and brave: This year’s American Atheists holiday campaign depicts a mother reading her daughter’s text messages to a friend. In the exchange, the daughter says she’s not going to church because she “doesn’t believe in that stuff anymore” and her parents “will get over it”. Hey, fellas, try putting those sorts of billboards, telling people not to go to their mosque or believe in Allah in Dearborn, Michigan, and see how that goes. What, no campaign urging people to skip Eid celebrations? No ads telling people it’s okay to eat during the day during Ramadan? What’s the matter, guys, you suddenly lose your nerve? I notice the group’s past and ongoing legal cases focus on crosses on public lands, references to God in public documents, etcetera. They’ve never had a disagreement with any mosque anywhere in the country? No interest in noise ordinances and minarets? Nothing to say about prayer rooms in public buildings or headscarves on driver’s license photos? Gee, why might atheist organizations, which allegedly oppose all religious beliefs, be strangely reticent to take on one faith community and oddly pugnacious when it comes to taking on another one? One almost wonders if there’s a transference here – like they’re afraid of the consequences of taking on one faith community, so they take it out on one they don’t find so menacing. Every once in a while, atheists say it out loud: “I know what keeps me from critiquing Islam on my blog is just fear,” Phil Zuckerman said at a discussion on religious liberty at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. “I’ve got three kids. So I know I can say anything about Christianity or Mormonism, and I’m not living in fear, which is a testament to Christianity and Mormonism, and that’s wonderful. Thank you,” said Zuckerman, who is a self-described atheist and professor of secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif. So he spends his time criticizing the faith that he knows is no threat to him, and avoids saying anything about the faith that actually scares him. Yeah, yeah, everybody’s so tough when it comes to taking on nuns, like the Obama administration taking them to court to make them buy birth control.