Friday, December 5, 2008

Thugs Being Thugs

Not far away from me, in sunny Olympia, thin-skinned thugs have done what thin-skinned thugs do:

An atheist sign criticizing Christianity that was erected alongside a Nativity scene was taken from the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington, on Friday and later found in a ditch.

An employee from country radio station KMPS-FM in Seattle told CNN the sign was dropped off at the station by someone who found it in a ditch.
I'm curious as to where CNN's high-quality journalism locates the "criticizing Christianity" in the wording of the sign, which follows:
At this season of THE WINTER SOLSTICE may reason prevail.
There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell.
There is only our natural world.
Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.
Sure, it criticizes Christianity insofar as Christianity is a religion, and as such a member of the broader class it criticizes. It equally criticizes Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, and thousands more members of the broader class.

It criticizes religion, and by conflating religion and Christianity, this piece of high-quality CNN journalism tends to confirm the subtext of the sign, which is that beneath the blithe omnipresence of Christian symbols in the American public sphere lies a diversity of beliefs about religion, including but not limited to outright non-belief.

Fancy that.

I definitely agree with PZ Myers -- we non-believers should not respond in kind. Leave the thuggery to the small-minded thugs.

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